Keiki Whalewatch

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The Keiki Whalewatch program is for school groups, grades PreK to 12. The program includes a customized 1.5 hour whale watch trip led by a Pacific Whale Foundation Education team member. Participating teachers will also have the opportunity to schedule an in-person classroom program before the whale watch.


  • Keiki Whalewatch trips are offered weekly on Tuesday and Thursday from January 17 through April 6. Trip times are 9:00 – 10:30 am and 11:00 am – 12:30 pm.
  • Click the “request a program” button at the top of the page to request a Keiki Whalewatch program.




*There is no cost for adult chaperones within the recommended adult to student ratios outlined below by grade level. Additional adult chaperones outside of the recommended adult to student ratio will be considered on an individual basis.

Grade Ratio (A:S)
PreK-1 1:4
2-3 1:6
4-5 1:8
6-12 1:10



Virtual Keiki Whalewatch includes a customized one-hour live virtual whale watch and access to standards-based, grade-level appropriate curriculum that can be shared with students before and/or after their virtual whale watch experience.

The virtual whale watch combines live engagement with our Education team and pre-recorded video footage filmed off the coast of Maui, simulating the experience of a whale watch on board a PacWhale Eco-Adventures vessel with the added benefits of interactive online video conferencing and educational platforms. Each virtual whale watch can accommodate a maximum of 70 students.

Our included library of online lessons and lesson plans can be shared with students to enhance the program experience through engaging and hands-on activities that may be conducted by students independently or collaboratively as a class.


Virtual Whalewatch sessions are offered weekly on Wednesday and Friday from January through May. All times are in HST. Please note that we do not observe daylight savings time; time difference will change after March 12, 2023.

  •  Click the “schedule a program” button at the top of the page for available dates and times. All programs are in Hawaiian Standard Time.



  • Price includes 1 hour live virtual whale watch, plus access to optional classroom program activities to be conducted with or shared with students.
  • Maximum group size per program is 70 students.
  • The program is FREE for Maui County Schools. Please contact [email protected] for a discount code for booking.

KEIKI WHALEWATCH PLUS ONE (Maui County students, grades K-12)

The Keiki Whalewatch Plus One program provides an opportunity for Maui County students in grades K-12 to join us for a customized whale watch just for students on the weekend, with a parent or guardian.  This program includes a customized 1.5 hour whale watch trip led by a Pacific Whale Foundation Education team member and take-home education materials to learn more about humpback whales and the marine environment.


Keiki Whalewatch Plus One trips will not be offered during the 2023 season. Stay tuned for updates.


$40/Student (grades K-12) Plus One Adult*

$15/Additional Student (grades K-12)**

*Students must attend a Maui County school

     **Up to 3 Additional Students are permitted for each Student Plus One Adult


Limited financial assistance may be available for qualifying classrooms to participate in the Keiki Whalewatch program. Teachers interested in applying, please complete this application and return to [email protected].

For further assistance, please contact us at [email protected] or (808) 318-0416. To support our Keiki Programs including Keiki Whalewatch scholarships, please click HERE.

Hawaii Visitor Update

Aloha, We Are Open!  Our PacWhale Eco-Adventures are open for booking as we welcome visitors back to Maui.  Quarantine restrictions were lifted on Oct. 15th for those following the state’s pre-arrival COVID-19 testing requirements.