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Local Experts: Maui, Kyle Ellison

By Local Expert Kyle Ellison

Best Places to See Animals on Maui

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Papawai Scenic Lookout

Papawai Scenic Lookout

When visiting Maui from January-March, it isn’t a question of if you’ll see whales, but rather which whales you should watch. From this lookout just north of Ma‘alaea, the splashes of humpbacks fill the ocean like shooting stars in a meteor shower: First you look this way, and then over there, and did you see that enormous breach? Mornings provide the best conditions before whitecaps confuse the view. 

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Ho‘okipa Beach Park

Ho‘okipa Beach Park

For some inexplicable but astounding reason, over a dozen sea turtles bask on the sand at Ho‘okipa Beach Park at sunset. Watch as 300 pound Hawaiian green sea turtles emerge from the crashing surf, and then slowly flap their way up on shore to rest in the sugary sands.  

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Surfing Goat Dairy

Surfing Goat Dairy

Delightfully quirky and decidedly tasty, this working goat farm and its 100+ goats produce the island’s best artisanal cheeses. For a hands-on experience that children will love, the “Evening Chores and Milking Tour” provides visitors the chance to hand-milk the goats and help with the afternoon feeding. 

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East Maui Animal Refuge

East Maui Animal Refuge

If it’s an animal on Maui, and it’s been orphaned or injured, there is a good chance it will end up here at this lush Ha‘iku compound. Tours are arranged by advance appointment and are entirely run on donations, and visitors can get close to axis deer and owls—who will often approach you first. 

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Lahaina Animal Farm

Lahaina Animal Farm

Miniature horses, turtle races, and catching fish in a bucket—it’s all here at this interactive petting zoo just south of downtown Lahaina. Buy farm fresh eggs while the children play with the rabbits, goats, or ducks, and horseback lessons and pizza making sessions are available on private tours. 


Visit the Best Places to See Animals on Maui

Lahaina Animal Farm
108 S Lauhoe Pl, Lahaina, HI 96761, United States
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East Maui Animal Refuge
25 Manuaina Place, Ha‘ikū, HI, United States
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Surfing Goat Dairy
3651 Omaopio Rd, Kula, HI 96790, United States
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Ho‘okipa Beach Park
Mile 9, Hana Hwy, Pāʻia, HI 96779, United States
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Papawai Scenic Lookout
on Honoapiilani Hwy (Hwy 30), Wailuku, HI 96793, United States
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