Did you know that when the Maui Ocean Center opened in 1998, it was the LARGEST tropical aquarium in the entire western hemisphere? That's pretty impressive!
Since then, Maui Ocean Center has given millions of family's an underwater experience, taking them under the beautiful Hawaiian waters. And now it could be your turn!
This Hawaiian Aquarium replicates the natural ocean ecosystem, where you will encounter only the animals that you can find around the waters of these beautiful islands.
Many of these aren't found anywhere else in the world - now that's special!
The Maui Ocean Center has one of the largest live corals in the entire nation, and over 60 exhibits that can teach the kids all about how wonderful our oceans are.
The center has interpretive displays, fun open touch pools where you can actually FEEL what some of the creatures are like, and a HUGE 750,000 gallon Open Center exhibit that gives you a 240 degree see through tunnel so you can actually feel like you are UNDER the water.
Feeling brave? How about coming face to face with some sharks, and stingrays!? Head to the Shark Dive Maui at the Maui Ocean Center that allows those who are certified divers to actually descend into the tank and swim with these beautiful creatures.
Now THAT is an unforgettable experience!
The center also has activities and events that you might not want to miss, such as Turtle-rrific Thursday, and Fins and Flippers Tour!
Animal fun all around in an amazing underwater world...where you don't have to get wet!
$26.95 (ages 4 to 12)
Discounts for Hawaiian residents & seniors
Their mission is to foster an understanding and respect for marine life, and to educate about these beautiful creatures. They also work with the community to help the wildlife!
The delicious Seascape Ma'alaea Restaurant has a great menu perfect for the family to enjoy lunch or snacks! You can enter without paying admission too
You can sleep with the sharks! They offer after hours fun for kids, with hands-on activities, turtle and ray feeding, and then drift away under the sharks!
There of course is a Treasure gift shop (that you can enter without paying admission too) where you can pick up a host of fun and educational items!
Kids will get a great education at the center, and self-guided tours are offered from pre-K to college. Give them a call to see if you can register for the tours.
There are great healthy options on the restaurant meny
The aquarium is accessible and wheelchairs are available on a first come first served basis
There is plenty of parking - and it's FREE!