Sanctuary 101


Sanctuary Map

The boundary of the sanctuary encompasses approximately 1,218 square nautical miles of coastal and ocean waters around the main Hawaiian Islands.  The sanctuary extends seaward from the shoreline to the 100-fathom isobath. It includes areas around the islands of Maui, Lana`i, and Moloka`i, and parts of O`ahu, Kaua`i and Hawai`i.  Click here to see additional maps of the sanctuary.

Sanctuary Advisory Council

Find out more about the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council (who’s on the council, meeting dates, summaries, council charter, and more

Learn about the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

Learn About National Marine Sanctuaries

Explore the Sanctuary

The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is the perfect place for whale watching, whether from land or sea. Humpback whales can be seen performing a variety of spectacular behaviors each winter in Hawai`i. Don’t miss your chance to catch a glimpse.

Get Involved

The Sanctuary relies on the help of volunteers and offers a variety of opportunities around the state.  Click here to find out how you can get involved.