- About PWF
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- Australia Research
- Abundance, Survival, Recruitment and Realized Growth Rates
- Calving Rates and Intervals of East Australian Female Humpback Whales
- Connectivity and Interchange Between Humpback Whale Aggregation Areas along East Australia
- Dynamics of extralimital feedingby humpback whales off Eden, NSW
- PWF’s Southern Hemisphere Humpback Whale Catalogue
- Rate of Interchange Between East Australia and West Australia Humpback Whales
- Ecuador Research
- Interaction of Small Cetaceans with Artisanal Fisheries in Machalilla National Park
- Population, Distribution and Abundance of Humpback Whales and other Cetaceans in Machalilla National Park
- Photo-identification of dolphins in the Cojimies River Estuary
- Migratory Interchange of Humpback Whales between Peru and Ecuador
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On-site Naturalist Programs
On-Site Coral Reef Naturalist Program at Ulua Beach, Walilea
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.
Open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 8 am to 11:30 am. For information, call Pacific Whale Foundation at 808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
Trail of the Whale: Free Whale Information Stations Open Daily
at Papawai Point, Wailea Marriott and Maui Ocean Club
Pacific Whale Foundation naturalists and volunteers will be stationed at three locations along Maui’s coast to help you locate whales from shores. They’ll share with you the best techniques for spotting these amazing marine mammals from Maui's shorelines, have binoculars and scopes to help you get a better view, along with models and marine artifacts for hands-on exploration. You’ll also get answers to your questions about whales, geography and natural history. Free and open to all. Part of Maui Whale Festival.
Papawai Point - Offered daily, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, Dec. 15 through May 15
Watch whales at this popular scenic overlook off Honoapi’ilani Highway (Route 30) located approximately 3 miles northwest of Ma’alaea Harbor. For information, please call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
Wailea Marriott - Offered Tuesday and Thursdays 7:30-11:30 am, Dec. 15 through April 25
View whales along the Ocean Path in front of the Wailea Marriott, off Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea. For information, please call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
Maui Ocean Club - Offered Wednesdays and Fridays 7:30-11:30 am, Dec. 15 through April 25.
Marriot’s Maui Ocean Club, located on Kaanapali Beach, is the site of the “Trail of the Whale” Marine Naturalist Station on Maui’s westside. The station is located along the oceanfront pedestrian path fronting the resort. For information, please call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
An additional location to view whales is the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center, located at 726 S. Kihei Road, Kihei. Open weekdays, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Sanctuary staff and volunteers provide free information about whales.You can also attend a talk about humpback whales every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at this location at 11:00 am. The talk is also conducted at the Ka'anapali Whalers Village Museum on Thursdays and Fridays at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Reservations are not required. For information, call (808) 879-2818.
Our staff also recommends:
The Ritz Carlton, Kapalua - Great viewing can be found on the public beach fronting this world-class resort.
Pacific Whale Foundation’s Offices, Ma‘alaea Harbor Shops - Outside balcony by the office entrance offers spectacular views of the harbor and whale-filled waters beyond.
Kamaole I, II, and III Beach Parks, Kihei - Listen for whale songs when you put your head underwater!
Pu‘u Olai, Makena Beach - It requires an uphill mike, but this spot overlooking “Big Beach” in Makena, offers excellent whale viewing.