On-site Naturalist Programs

Trail of the Whale Certificate

Visit all Four Whale Information Stations and Win!

These whale info stations are free to the public and part of our yearly Maui Whale Festival activities.

From December 15th to April 15th, our trained Naturalists will be stationed at key points along Maui’s coast to help you locate and learn about whales from shore.

Visit all four information stations and receive a FREE prize when you bring your stamped "Trail of the Whale" certificate to our Ocean Store at 612 Front St. in Lahaina or our other Ocean Store in Ma'alaea Harbor. The certificate is shown on the right. You can view our google map for the locations of our four information stations that make up the "Trail of the Whale."

To get started, print out a copy of the certificate, or pick up your certificate at any point along the "Trail of the Whale" or from our Pacific Whale Foundation Ocean Stores. See you on the whale trail!

Papawai Point

Time: 8 am - 2 pm
Dates: offered daily from Dec. 15 - April 25
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Watch whales at this popular scenic overlook off Honoapi’ilani Highway (Route 30) located approximately 3 miles northwest of Ma’alaea Harbor.

Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

Time: 7:30 - 11:30 am
Dates: offered Tuesday and Thursdays from Dec. 15 - April 25
Address: 3700 Wailea Alanui Drive, Maui, HI 96753
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View whales along the Ocean Path in front of the Wailea Marriott, off Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea. 

Marriot's Maui Ocean Club

Time: 7:30 - 11:30 am
Dates: offered Wednesdays and Fridays, Dec. 15 - April 25
Address: 100 Nohea Kai Drive, Lahaina, HI 96761
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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.

Ulua Beach Park in Wailea

Time: 8 - 11:30 am
Dates: offered every Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri and Sat.
Address: Ulua Beach Park, Kihei, HI 96753
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Learn the names of the fish you've seen while snorkeling and get whale watching tips from knowledgeable Pacific Whale Foundation Naturalist. This beach is known for its excellent shoreline snorkeling with a beautiful reef that runs perpendicular to shore. We established this free information station at Ulua Beach Park, because of it's popularity with snorkelers. Our aim is to teach all snorkelers and beach users about the best ways to protect our reefs while exploring the ocean.

Our reef-friendly snorkeling tips:

  • don't stand or walk on the coral
  • 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 keep your legs horizontal and away from the coral

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 Marine Naturalist will answer all of your questions about the reef and the wildlife you might encounter.

For more info call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.