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Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Mokulele Highway, Milepost Six, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753
Phone Number: +1 808-875-1582
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Mon - Thu 07:30 - 16:00

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Nice boardwalk

I stopped here on the way to Kihei in July. It is one of the few things to do in this area of the island besides beaches and boats. It's a nice place to see a different landscape... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
lmcq11
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Quebec
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Quebec
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I stopped here on the way to Kihei in July. It is one of the few things to do in this area of the island besides beaches and boats. It's a nice place to see a different landscape. The boardwalk is well made and well maintained. The swaps are full of small fish. I appreciated the nature walk. And it's... More 

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Bellingham
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an easy bird watching walk on any day. There are several species of protected birds here and they seem to not mind being watched. We spoke to the naturalist once and picked up a few handouts that explained the habitat and birds. Great family activity

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Fort Saskatchewan, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visiting in mid-November, we had to assume that many birds hadn't yet arrived from the cold climates. We saw a blue heron, some coots and a few wading birds. It wasn't the cacaphony of chirps, tweets and squawks that we imagined. Still it was a pleasant stroll.

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tn
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were looking for something to do that didn't require a lot of time since our flight was leaving later that day. We decided to stop at the Kealia Pond Wildlfe Refuge. Although the refuge itself was very pretty, there were hardly any birds to see so it was actually somewhat boring. It does sit near a very pretty beach... More 

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Cranbrook, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We enjoyed an evening stroll on the elevated boardwalk over the wetlands where interpretive plaques indicate what birds to watch for. There are several exits off the boardwalk, where you can continue onto ocean side – go for swim or just continue walking along the sandy beach. The walkway is located on the edge of Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge... More 

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Murrieta, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

This reserve is divided into 2 sections, the 1st is the visitor center section (closed Saturday/Sunday). The second is the boardwalk that is open until 7PM each day. This boardwalk is about 1 mile in length round-trip with access to Sugar Beach. Nice walk to learn about the wetlands in South Central Maui.

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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

It is just off the main road in a low lying area between the north and the south and provides a different perspective of the coastline. There were good views and a board walk and obviously a place for bird watchers. The coast south of Wailea and Lahaina is more interesting

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Godfrey, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

I want to start off by saying that I only rated this attraction as very good because we did not see a lot of wildlife. However, with that said, the area is very well thought out and there is a ton of educational signs. We walked the well constructed walkways and stopped to read the posted material. What we also... More 

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Prescott, Arizona, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Even though the visitors center was closed for some repairs the ponds we nice to see many of the local birds. I just don't remember all of them.

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Tacoma, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

As an amateur photographer I enjoy taking photos of birds. We stopped at the boardwalk off of hwy 310. This place was fantastic. Two Hawaiian Stilts right at the parking lot and so many Black Crowned Night Herons I lost count. Numerous Pacific Golden plovers and Hawaiian Coots as well. This was not the complete list of sightings, just the... More 

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