On-site Naturalist Programs


Learn the names of the fish you've seen while snorkeling with the help of a knowledgeable Pacific Whale Foundation naturalist at Pacific Whale Foundation's free Coral Reef Information Station at Maui's Ulua Beach. This beach is known for its excellent shoreline snorkeling, at a beautiful reef that runs perpendicular to shore.

Pacific Whale Foundation established this free information station at Ulua Beach because this location is so popular with beginning snorkelers. Our aim is to teach all snorkelers and beach users about the best ways to protect this reef while they explore it. Some of our reef-friendly snorkeling tips include: Don't stand or walk on the corals. Avoid feeding fish or other ocean wildlife. Use reef-safe sunscreen and apply at least 20 minutes prior to entering the water. Use a flotation device to help keep your legs and feet horizontal and away from the corals.

At our Coral Reef Information Station, you'll find a tally of the fish and aquatic life that has been sighted that day, books and fish I.D. materials for your reference, and free applications of reef-safe sunscreen. Our naturalist is happy to answer all of your questions about the reef and the wildlife you might encounter.

This program is sponsored by the Hawaii Tourism Authority and is available every day but Wednesdays and Sundays from 8:00 am until 11:30 AM.

For information, please call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.



An experienced Pacific Whale Foundation naturalist will be present seven days each week from 8:00 am  to 2:00 pm from mid-December through mid-April at Papawai Point in West Maui to provide free information about humpback whales and help people to spot humpbacks from this extraordinary whalewatching location. Look for the lookout turnoff on Honoapi’ilani Highway (Route 30), approximately 3 miles northwest of Ma’alaea Harbor. For more information, please call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.