Ocean Camp FAQs

Below is our list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). If you have additional questions please give us a call at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. Thank you for your interest in our Ocean Camp. Located on Maui, this fun and educational program is a wonderful way for kids to explore this beautiful Hawaiian island.

When is Ocean Camp offered?

Offered during school breaks here on Maui. If you'd like to register, please click here.

Do I have to register for all sessions?

No. You can register by the week or by the day. A space is held when payment is given.

Who can go to camp? What are the ages?

Ocean Camp is open to children entering or enrolled in grades 1-5. 

What time is drop off and pick-up?

Hours are from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

What if I am running late to pick up my child?

There is a late fee of $1 per minute if you pick up your child after 4:00 pm. 

What is the cost of camp?

Camp registration fee is $80 per day or $325 for the week. Pacific Whale Foundation Members receive the discounted rate of $64 per day or $260 for the week.

Last minute registration (24 hours prior to or day-of camp) is $88 per day. Pacific Whale Foundation Members recieve the discounted rate of $70 for last-minute registration.

What is included in the price?

A whole lot of fun! Camp tuition, field trip transportation and fees (PacWhale snorkel trip or whalewatch, surfing and windsurfing lessons, hikes, tidepool explorations, etc.) and a snack are all included.

Do you provide lunch?

No. Lunch is not included and must be provided by parents.

What does the camper need to bring each day?

At a minimum, campers need a swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, refillable water bottle, lunch, and a booster seat if applicable.

Where is the camp? What is the Discovery Center like?

Ocean Camp is based in the air-conditioned classrooms of Pacific Whale Foundation's Discovery Center next to Maui Ocean Center overlooking Ma'alaea Harbor. Our classrooms are equipped with multi-media equipment, computer and lab equipment, private restrooms and other amenities. View our camp's photo gallery.

Additional activities may take place next door at Maui Ocean Center, at Haycraft Beach Park, or at the U.S Coast Guard Station. We travel off-site for surfing, windsurfing, tidepool trips, 'Iao Valley, hiking, NOAA's Marine Sanctuary visitor center, Molokini snorkel and beach days.

What do the campers do all day at Ocean Camp?

Each day at Ocean Camp follows a format that allows consistency and organization with a unique daily experience. On a typical day, campers start the morning in the classroom where they enjoy icebreaker or team-building activities. They then engage in a brief introductory lesson based on the weekly theme before going on the designated daily field trip. After campers enjoy a picnic lunch and a bit of play, they then return to the classrooms. Afternoons may be filled with a combination of science labs and creative arts or even special guest presentations.

Who teaches the kids? What about safety?

Our counselors are members of the Pacific Whale Foundation education staff. All are over 21 and are college graduates. All water activities are supervised by those holding Lifeguard Certification. Our adult to student ratio is 1:12 or better. Additional adult volunteers provide support for off-site field trips. All staff and volunteers must be cleared by background checks and all staff are required to show proof of negative TB status. When we are out of the classroom, we carry parent contact information and first-aid supplies with us.