Trail of the Whale: Marine Naturalist Information Stations

From December 15th to April 15th, our trained Naturalists will be stationed at key points along Maui’s coast to help you locate and learn about whales from shore.

Visit all three information stations and receive a FREE prize when you bring your stamped "Trail of the Whale" certificate to our Ocean Store at 612 Front St. in Lahaina or our other Ocean Store in Ma'alaea Harbor. The certificate is shown on the right. You can visit our Google map for the locations of our three information stations that make up the "Trail of the Whale."

To get started, print out a copy of the certificate, or pick up your certificate at any point along the "Trail of the Whale" or from our Pacific Whale Foundation Ocean Stores. Happy whale trails to you!

Visit all Three Whale Information Stations and Win

During Maui's whale season, Pacific Whale Foundation Marine Naturalists and volunteers are stationed at three locations along Maui’s coast to help you locate humpack whales from the shoreline. Learn the best techniques for spotting these amazing marine mammals from Maui's shorelines, using binoculars and scopes to help you get a better view. Whale models and marine artifacts provide hands-on exploration. We provide answers to your questions about whales, local geography and natural history. These whale info stations are free to the public and part of our yearly Maui Whale Festival activities.

Papawai Point

Papawai Point On-side naturalist info boothTime: 8 am - 2 pm
Dates: offered daily from Dec. 15 - April 25
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Watch whales at this popular scenic overlook off Honoapi’ilani Highway (Route 30) located approximately 3 miles northwest of Ma’alaea Harbor. At this location we provide binoculars and viewing tips to help you spot whales in the large expanse of ocean that stretches more than 240 degrees before you.

Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

Time: 7:30 - 11:30 am
Dates: offered Wednesdays and Fridays from Dec. 15 - April 25
Address: 3700 Wailea Alanui Drive, Maui, HI 96753
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View whales along the Ocean Path in front of the Wailea Marriott, off Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea.

Ulua Beach Park in Wailea

Ulua Beach StationTime: 8 - 11:30 am
Dates: offered year round on Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri and Sat.
Address: Ulua Beach Park, Kihei, HI 96753
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Learn the names of the fish you've seen while snorkeling and get whalewatching tips from knowledgeable Pacific Whale Foundation Naturalist. This beach is known for its excellent shoreline snorkeling with a beautiful reef that runs perpendicular to shore. We established this free information station at Ulua Beach Park, because of it's popularity with snorkelers. Our aim is to teach all snorkelers and beach users about the best ways to protect our reefs while exploring the ocean.

Our reef-friendly snorkeling tips:

  • don't stand or walk on the coral
  • avoid feeding fish or other ocean wildlife
  • use reef-safe sunscreen and apply at least 20 minutes prior to entering the water
  • use a flotation device to keep your legs horizontal and away from the coral

At our Ulua Beach Coral Reef Information Station, you'll find a tally of the fish and aquatic life that has been sighted that day, books and fish I.D. materials for your reference, and free applications of reef-safe sunscreen. Our Marine Naturalist will answer all of your questions about the reef and the wildlife you might encounter.