Wildlife Guides and Tips

Pacific Whale Foundation has studied whales, dolphins and marine wildlife in the field for nearly four decades. Drawing on our extensive knowledge of the ocean environment, we have created a series of wildlife guides to introduce you to whales, dolphins, sea turtles, coral reefs, sharks and monk seals. 



To learn more about any of these sea animals, pick up a free wildlife watching guide from Pacific Whale Foundation Ocean Stores at the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops or at 612 Front Street in Lahaina.

Or save some paper and download them here:

Download Maui Adventure Guide



One of the best ways to explore Maui’s marine wildlife is to get out on the ocean. We offer a large selection of PacWhale Eco-Adventure cruises departing from both Lahaina and Ma’alaea daily.

Even from land, you can view some incredible wildlife. Here are our tips:

  • Get good snorkel gear from a professional shop and explore Maui’s reef. Use floatation devices and steer clear of shallow water so as to not bother the coral reef. If you need to stand, look for sand!
  • Explore a tidepool to see some of the smaller, lesser known critters. Need help identifying? Join a Pacific Whale Foundation naturalist on a moonlight tide pool exploration
  • Watch for Hawaii’s green sea turtles! These air-breathing marine reptiles will surface regularly for air, affording great viewing opportunities for these threatened creatures.
  • 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 whalewatching to get an up-close look at the whales.

If you have a question about the marine wildlife that you encounter, please call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext 1.