1 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii 96761 USA
Phone:  +1 (808) 669-6200   •  Map & Directions

Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment

Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance of program unless otherwise noted.

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua features Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment program, offering an environmental and cultural education center with excursions led by expert naturalists. Guests can hike through the Hawaiian rainforest, snorkel among Maui’s beautiful coral reefs and participate in underwater photography sessions, always exploring the relevance of Hawaiian culture. The Ambassadors program creates opportunities for each participant to learn about Hawaii’s unique ecosystems while demonstrating their connection to the larger global systems.

This program also seeks to inspire guests to live a more sustainable life and to gain a greater understanding of the relationships between land to sea, humans to nature, people to people and present to future. According to Jean-Michel Cousteau, “We expect everyone, by learning more about our natural world and their places within it, to return to their communities as environmental stewards or ambassadors of the environment.”


Seasonal Whale Watching - Seasonal – December 15 through April 15
Zodiac Whale Watch Expedition, $99 per person Minimum age requirement 5 
Available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday beginning December 15 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Join us on an exclusive, intimate whale watching adventure. Get up close and personal with Maui’s most famous visitor, the Humpback Whale. Each year, these gentle giants make mammoth journeys between their feeding and breeding sites. In this off-shore habitat we will explore an underwater world beyond imagination, filled with discovery and mystery. Our fast, safe and comfortable Zodiac ensures that every seat is front row, offering a premium viewing experience. Listen to live whale song with our hydrophone as you prepare for the optimum photo opportunities. Our ultimate whale watch includes expert narration by naturalists promising quality, accuracy and integrity. Climb aboard and enjoy nature's splendor and discover how we as Ambassadors can protect this wondrous creature.

CITIES UNDER THE SEA – Snorkel/Underwater Photography – 2-1⁄2 hours
$89 per guest/$79 per child under 15 
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday – 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 
Explore the living communities of fish, coral and algae as our naturalists guide you on an interpretive and exciting snorkel. Capture these images with underwater digital cameras and create memories to last a lifetime.

COASTAL WALK AND TIDE POOL EXPLORATION “Ke’ala ola”- The Path of Life– 2 hours
$49 per guest /$39 per child under 15 
Mondays and Fridays – 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 
Adventure the Kapalua Coastal Trail with our naturalists as we visit a few of Maui’s treasures that include the coastal tide pools and some of the most beautiful weathered rock formations.

MAUNALEI MAGIC – Hike Exploration – 2-1⁄2 hours
$79 per guest /$69 per child under 15 
Wednesdays and Saturdays – 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
Trained hike leaders share their knowledge of Hawaii’s natural and cultural history while they interpret the geological formation and the biological speciation of the Hawaiian Islands. Guests also experience a cultural perspective as they are told of life in old Hawaii, and how the native people learned to thrive in harmony with nature. 

STAND-UP PADDLING – “Ku papa he’e nalu” – 2 hours
$129 per guest 
Offered daily – 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. 
Polynesians had the ability to “walk upon the water” by using their technology and skills upon surfboards and canoes. Test your skills while our naturalists describe the coral reefs below, home to the Hawaiian “honu” – the green sea turtle. *72-hour cancellation policy applies

$149 per guest/Minimum age requirement 10 
Offered Daily – 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 
Enjoy spectacular offshore views of the West Maui Mountains while snorkeling alongside pristine coastline. Expert naturalists will interpret your surroundings as you kayak and snorkel above crystal clear waters, colorful coral reefs, and some of Maui’s sea creatures, including the Hawaiian “honu”- the green sea turtle and the seasonal Humpback Whales. *72-hour cancellation policy applies

$159 per guest 
Offered Daily – 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 
Let one of our guides share their knowledge of the Hawaiian culture onboard a Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe! The modern 45-foot long Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe or Wa‘a is perfect for individuals, small groups, families and children wanting a unique cultural experience while on Maui! Enjoy this very special adventure and snorkel over pristine coral reefs and among the Green Hawaiian Sea Turtle, “honu” and the seasonal Humpback Whales. Check-in location is offsite and a 72 hour cancellation policy applies.

For further information, please contact Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment Center at (808) 665-7292.



Shore Snorkel for Beginners
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. $79
Join our experienced naturalists as they guide you through a beginner’s step-by-step snorkel instruction, perfect for your first time visit into the underwater world.

The Fires of Pele
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. $69

Sand sculpting, storytelling and a hike to an ancient lava flow will help us to learn how the Hawaiian islands rose from the middle of the sea as fiery volcanoes.

Star Voyager*
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. $79
Star gazing and a closer look through our telescope are part of this adventure, as we embark on our own journey to learn about how the ancient Polynesian navigators used the night sky to discover Hawaii. 24-hour advance reservation required.


Turtle Tracks
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. $69
Learn about Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles, the sand they nest in and how everything is connected.

Through the Lens
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. $69
Capture the beauty of the local flora and fauna as we explore the beauty of Kapalua through the use of digital cameras and your “artistic eye.”

Creatures of the Night*
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. $79
Venture into the night to experience heightened sensory awareness while observing nocturnal wildlife. 24-hour advance reservation required.


Life at the Edge of the Sea
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. $69

Explore our beaches and tide pools as we take a close-up look at both sides of the water’s edge.

1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. $69
Can you imagine arriving at a deserted island? No computers, TVs or video games! What would you do? How would you survive? Join us on our journey to square one and learn the basics of island survival and discover what early Hawaiian life was really like.

In the Kitchen*
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. $79
Don your chef hat as we bake our own pizza and learn about the local ingredients that make up this tasty treat. 24-hour advance reservation required.


Gentle Giants
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. $69
Discover the natural wonders of the Humpback Whale as we engage in many fun and exciting activities.

Marine Debris to Artistry
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. $69
Engage your artistic talents by creating unique artworks and jewelry using native Hawaiian plants and new-found treasures such as beach glass.

Creatures of the Night*
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. $79
Venture into the night to experience heightened sensory awareness while observing nocturnal wildlife. 24-hour advance reservation required.


Underwater Photography “Picture This” Snorkeling
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. $79
Share your reef adventure with friends and family back home through digital underwater photography.

It’s a Bug’s Life
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. $69
Discover the living symbol of Kapalua. Explore life in our outdoor garden among beautiful butterflies, dragonflies, ladybugs and more! We’ll also learn about the lives of these fascinating creatures through crafting, story-telling and face painting.

When the Sun Goes Down
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. $79
Join us for an evening hike along the Kapalua Coastal Trail, as we visit a few of Maui’s secret spots including the habitat of nocturnal shearwater and twilight tide pooling. 24-hour advance reservation required.


Clue in to Nature $69
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. $69
Get ready for geocaching adventure like none other! We will learn about navigation and nature as we utilize GPS technology to discover the treasures of our Kapalua resort.

Lights, Camera, Take Action!
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. $69
Ambassadors will spread the word on sustainable living by researching, writing, and starring in a public service announcement!

In the Kitchen*
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. $79
Don your chef hat as we bake our own pizza and learn about the local ingredients that make up this tasty treat. 24-hour advance reservation required.


Programs are available upon request and require a 24 hour advance booking notice.

Complimentary Adult and Family Programs


Ai Pono ‘Eat Well’ - 10:30 a.m.
Enliven your culinary senses by joining one of our resort chef’s on a complimentary interactive tour of our Chef’s Gardens. This educational adventure encourages healthy living for a sustainable future. The tour begins at the herb garden at the lower pool deck; Reservations are required.

PBI Tennis Mixer 4 p.m.
Hosted by PBI Tennis Professionals at The Kapalua Tennis Gardens. Join resort guests for a tennis mixer and enjoy casual tennis play with tennis racquets provided.


Na Mea Makamae
‘ The Treasures of These Islands’ 10 a.m.
Discuss the treasures among The Hawaiian Islands and learn about Hawaiian wellness philosophies and medicinal herbs while discovering their ancient uses. This ‘walk & talk’ also includes an introduction to the artwork by famed local artists featured throughout the resort. Meets in the Medicinal Gardens on the lobby level.

The Early Mapping of Hawaii - 3:30 p.m.
Learn about the early mapping and exploration of Hawaii with our map historian and displayed maps and cartographs that chronicle the first printed maps of Hawaii by Captain James Cook. Located at the lobby level in the Medicinal Garden Breezeway.


A Sense of Place 10 a.m.
A Sense of Place begins with the presentation of the award-winning documentary Then There Were None followed by a discussion of the history and subjects discussed in the film. A guided walking tour of the Honokahua Preservation Site explains its significance to ancient Hawaiians and its’ role today. Location may vary, please confirm with Front Desk.


Ocean ‘Features’ 3 p.m.
Jean-Michel Cousteau’s teaches that “Protect the Ocean and you Protect Yourself”. Through documentary ‘features’, learn what you can do to make a difference in your community and the world. Featured at The Ambassadors Hale.


Extended hours are available for participants of our programs. If desired, lunch and/or dinner can be provided for an additional charge to the guest. Please contact Ambassadors of the Environment for more information.

Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance of program.

Ambassadors of the Environment can also plan private excursions, memorable birthday parties and unique family outings.

Group Activities

Adult Activities
The Ambassadors team will provide your group with a creative, competitive and most importantly, FUN event! Stimulate camaraderie and team development in a non-competitive or competitive atmosphere as guests engage in a variety of fun excursions, games and activities designed to build communication skills and trust among teammates. Choose from a variety of programs based on interests such as land, water, culture and sustainability.

Features a combination of teambuilding and volunteer activities. Support local conservation efforts by participating in the enhancement of strategically chosen and culturally significant locations. Measure your group’s impact with a literal “before & after” evaluation; immediate gratification for participants and immediate appreciation from the ‘aina (land) and local community. These activities are customized to accommodate your group's time allotment and are focused on participating in projects that are needed in the community with our non-profit 501(c)3 partners.

Children’s Activities
Let us create a memorable event for the children in your group. The Ambassadors team will customize exciting and unique day and evening activities for children ages five and up. Environmental exploration and cultural discovery is included in each of our diverse program options led by friendly and fun naturalists. Our expert staff is highly trained, CPR/First Aid certified and has completed identification back ground checks providing the ultimate care for your children.

Ambassador games, activities, themed parties and weekly camps will allow children to make new friends while creating memories that will last forever.

For further information, please contact Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment Center at (808) 665-7292.