World Oceans Day


Wednesday, June 8 is World Oceans Day. This global day of conservation and collaboration is your opportunity to join the effort to protect our planet’s oceans. In honor of this year’s theme “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet”, Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF) invites you to enjoy free cruises, along with other activities and special offers on this day of ocean-awareness.

FREE CRUISES with the Experts

Experience the wonders of the ocean on a free cruise along Maui's coast. These one-hour ecotours are led by certified Marine Naturalists who will share their expertise on the island's unique ocean habitat. 'Ono snacks will be provided by Three's Bar & Grill. Trips depart from Ma'alaea Harbor at 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm. After the cruise, receive a marine life poster for your donation of any amount. Book your free trip by calling 249-8811 ext. 1 or stop by our Ocean Store at the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops or at 612 Front St. in Lahaina. No online bookings available.

30% OFF Ocean Stores Sale  

Get 30% off your purchases at our Ocean Stores. Shop online, at the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops, or at 612 Front St. in Lahaina. PWF Members will enjoy 35% off savings. All profits support Pacific Whale Foundation's research, education and conservation programs, including marine education for Maui children and schools. Some merchandise exclusions apply. 


Help clean up your favorite beach and be a part of PWF's citizen-science program. Visit our offices at the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops and pick up a free volunteer kit including gloves, trash bags, instructions and a datasheet. Plus, get a free canvas tote bag when you return. Your results will help our researchers monitor marine debris and the health of Maui's coasts. 

BEACH CLEAN-UP with a PWF Naturalist

Meet our PWF Marine Naturalist at Ulua Beach at 10:00 am to help clean up debris and prevent it from entering the ocean. Enjoy a hands-on presentation and Q&A on the local ecosystem, including coral reefs and marine wildlife. 

FREE GIFTS for PWF Members

Join Pacific Whale Foundation and receive a free commemorative, reusable water bottle in addition to your regular membership gift choices (including free whalewatch or dolphin watch, hat, t-shirt, tote bag or DVD). Already a member? Get two water bottles for only $5. Enjoy the benefits immediately with 35% off at our Ocean Stores (usually 20% for Members) and 20% off Summer Ocean Camp registration.  

FREE GIFT for Summer Ocean Camp

Sign up your 1st - 5th grader in Summer Ocean Camp and receive a free commemorative, reusable water bottle. Ocean Camp is offered June 13-July 29, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-4:00 pm. Weekly and daily enrollment is available. Camp includes ocean ecotours, beach trips, surfing lessons, science labs and more. Your child will have a summer of fun and adventure while engaging in nature and learning about the environment. 


Keep reading below for 10 Things You Can Do To Save Our Oceans. You can also stop by our information table at Maui Ocean Center or at the PWF Ocean Store in Ma'alaea on June 8. We look forward to seeing you there and sharing our love of the ocean with you on World Oceans Day.

Here's to our Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet!

10 Things You Can Do To Save Ocean Life

1. Take Only Pictures, Leave Only Bubbles. Thousands of people enjoy Maui’s underwater world every day. To preserve this natural treasure and marine organisms, do not take anything from the ocean. Avoid purchasing mass-produced items made with shells or coral.

2. Swim Don’t Stand. Corals are delicate living organisms. Refrain from standing on or kicking the reefs as this can easily kill the coral. Damaging just one square inch of coral could mean undoing hundreds of years of growth.

3. Don’t Feed the Fish. It disrupts the delicate balance of the ocean and encourages unnatural fish behavior.

4. Ten Feet to a Turtle. Sea turtles are shy, air-breathing reptiles and it is illegal to harass them. Enjoy them from a distance of at least 10 feet and be sure not to block the path of a surfacing turtle.

5. Butts Off the Beach. Smoking on Maui beaches is against the law. In addition, cigarette filters are deadly to marine animals that mistake them for food. Pick up any discarded cigarette butts you find on the beach.

6. Stow It, Don’t Throw It. Participate in beach clean-ups and other volunteer activities to help keep debris from entering the ocean. Properly dispose of your garbage and any other trash you encounter.

7. Choose Sustainable Seafood. Ask grocery stores and restaurants about the source of their seafood. Choose seafood that is caught using eco-friendly methods, like pole fishing or trolling. In Hawaii, opt for locally caught ‘ahi, aku, ono or mahi mahi. Use Seafood Watch or other sustainable seafood guide as a reference.

8. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Encourage recycling services in your area or find the nearest recycling center for your items. Buy fewer disposable items and choose items with less packaging. Compost your yard and food waste. Avoid Styrofoam products.

9. Buy Local. Support local businesses that are conservation oriented and source their products locally and sustainably. 

10. Be Water Wise. Fresh water is a precious resource in Hawaii and worldwide. Be a conscientious user and take shorter showers, turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth, choose drought-resistant plants, and water your lawn at dawn or dusk.