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Pacific Whale Foundation works to protect marine wildlife and the ocean environment through science and advocacy. You can help by supporting our research, education and conservation programs in Hawaii, Australia, Ecuador, Chile and other parts of the Pacific. Pacific Whale Foundation is a non-profit tax-exempt IRSC 501(c)(3) organization: federal tax ID number 99-0207417. Your donation is U.S. tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Thank you for your support. Click here to view our LEGACY WALL


Pacific Whale Foundation focuses research efforts and funded projects primarily in Hawaii, Australia, Ecuador and Chile. Our research in Hawaii occurs in the four-island region of Maui, which includes the waters surrounding the islands of Maui, KahoʻolaweLanaʻi, and Molokaʻi. We study humpback whales and numerous species of odontocetes using both systematic and opportunistic data collection methods. LEARN MORE

Our Keiki Whalewatch program provides an opportunity for local schoolchildren from pre-K to high school to learn about our oceans by getting a closer look at the whales and other marine animals that exist in their own backyard. For many participants, this is their first time to ever experience humpback whales from the more intimate perspective of a boat. Since its inception, Keiki Whalewatch has introduced over 20,000 students to the wonders of whalewatching. LEARN MORE


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.

We are happy to now offer three new kama‘aina-rate private charters: Molokini Wild Side, Honolua Bay Snorkel, and Sunset Sail.

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