Moonlight Tidepool Exploration


Pacific Whale Foundation's marine educators invite you to meet some of the fascinating creatures that roam Hawaii's tidepools at night during our Moonlight Tidepool Exploration at a South Maui tidepool.

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Brittle stars, urchins, octopi, oh my!

This discovery event is recommended for people ages 6 and over. Participants are asked to wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight. Refreshments will be provided. Advance reservations are required.

Past moonlight tide pool explorations have included opportunities to observe brittle stars, shrimp, snails, urchins, octopus and species of juvenile fish in their natural habitats. You’ll learn why some fish are red, why others have stalked eyes and how you can interact with these animals in an eco-friendly way.

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Please no slippers/flip flops – teva type sandals, sturdy shoes are fine, just not slippers/flip flops.

*Passport to Nature Student passes must be brought to the event for validation. Student must accompany a paying adult.

*All reservations are non-refundable within 48 hours prior to the scheduled check-in. All no-shows are non refundable.

PWF Eco Adventures reserves the right to reschedule or cancel due to weather at the discretion of the naturalist.

  • Dates

    • New dates coming soon!
  • Where to Meet

    Park in the dirt lot whose entrance is on the side south of the Mana Kai resort in south Kihei (just past the Kihei boat ramp – there is a sign that reads “Public Beach Access”). If you happen to turn into the first paved road at the Mana Kai resort, there is also a dirt parking lot on the left hand side you can park in as well. Walk south from the lot to the south side of the Mana Kai resort. Tidepoolers should walk onto the grassy area and past the pool by the Five Palms restuarant. Naturalists can be found walking between the grassy area and the rocky shoreline. The intro is done on the grass by the palm trees in front of the yoga studio.

  • Membership Benefits

    • Save 20%* on all PacWhale Eco-Adventures cruises (+ VIP boarding)
    • Save 20%* on Pacific Whale Foundation Ocean Store merchandise
    • Save 20%* on Pacific Whale Foundation Ocean Camp enrollment
    • Save 10%* on admission to Maui Ocean Center
    • Save 10%* at Maui Sports Unlimited (offering surfing, windsurfing and kite boarding lessons and rentals)
    • Get $20 off tickets* at NorthShore Zipline
    • Beyond the Breach quarterly publication
    • Exclusive invitations to Pacific Whale Foundation online events
    • Subscription to monthly Members-only emails
    • Priority boarding

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Our thoughts go out to all that are being impacted by COVID-19. With a team dedicated to our response to this pandemic, we are meeting regularly to ensure the continuation of programs and services that allow our mission work to continue.

Pacific Whale Foundation’s leadership team is closely monitoring updates from the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization regarding COVID-19. We will continue to seek guidance from these agencies, public health officials and government agencies on an ongoing basis.

The role that our organization plays in keeping people connected for the sake of the environment is incredibly important in times like these. If we all take the proper precautions and continue to treat each other with kindness and care, we’ll get through this together.

How is PacWhale Eco-Adventures addressing COVID-19?

-Following guidance from Hawaii State and County officials, PacWhale is suspending Eco Tours and our Retail Store operations from March 20th – April 30th. 

- To support our employees, we are offering paid, temporary emergency sick leave, restricting all non-essential business travel, deep cleaning work areas, offering teleworking and flexible work schedules, and continuing to communicate updates and reinforce good hygiene practices.

How is Pacific Whale Foundation addressing COVID-19?

-Spring Break Ocean Camp has been cancelled.

-Keiki Whalewatches are being cancelled for the remainder of the season.

- Our marine research and conservation programs will continue to run without disruption.