Tips for Watching Wildlife

One of the best ways to explore Maui’s marine wildlife is to get out on the ocean. We offer a large selection of Eco-Adventure cruises departing from both Lahaina and Ma’alaea daily.
But, even from land, you can view some incredible wildlife. Here are our tips:

  • Get good snorkel gear from a professional and explore Maui’s reef. Use floatation devices and steer clear of shallow water as to not bother the coral reef. If you need to stand, look for sand!
  • Explore a tide pool to see some of the smaller, lesser known critters. Need help identifying? Join a Pacific Whale Foundation naturalist on a free moonlight tide pool exploration.  (Click here for more details)
  • Watch for Hawaii’s green sea turtles! These air-breathing marine reptiles will surface regularly for air, affording great viewing opportunities for these threatened species.
  • Rent a kayak to cover more ground (or reef) while searching for marine wildlife. Look for turtles, coral formations and even dolphins while paddling along the spectacular coast of Maui.

During winter months:

  • Watch whales from any of the great shore-based whale watching spots, like Papawai Point, where a Pacific Whale Foundation naturalist is stationed in winter months.
  • Rent binoculars for your whale watching to get an up-close look at the whales.