Eve and Beth at the Maui Ocean Center.

Maui Ocean Center

by Eve Andersson

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Maui's aquarium and sealife preservation center, the Maui Ocean Center, has large-scale displays, a "petting zoo" (Eve touched a sea cucumber for the first time!), and a huge, glowing, hypnotic jellyfish exhibit.

Stingray at the Maui Ocean Center. Octopus. Pinnochio fish. Shark.

Eve Andersson (eve@eveandersson.com)


Maui Ocean Center

The Maui Ocean Center in Maalaea Harbor is one of the best Aquariums in the Pacific. Here you'll find multiple varieties of Hawaiian marine life. The Maui Ocean Center has outdoor exhibits where you can actually touch the sealife. Located on the water, the Maui Ocean Center has spectacular views, and during whale season, you can watch a whale breach while holding a living starfish! Inside you'll find different exhibits with informative descriptions surrounding them, making for a fun and interesting activity. Some of the highlights are the shark tank and the jellyfish tank. The jellyfish tank is a cylinder from the floor to the roof filled with florescent, fluctuating jellies. It's really an amazing thing to watch. The Shark Tank is also spectacular. It holds over 20 maui sharks including a tiger shark. They ominously swim around groups of large fish, stingrays, and coral heads. The shark tank has a large viewing room as well as a viewing tunnel where the ocean life will swim all around those walking through it. The center also offers shark diving for those adventurous enough to scuba with the sharks.

The Maui Ocean Center is one of the few activities on Maui that you can do when the weather isn't favorable. If it's raining, you can still enjoy undisturbed ocean activity. It's definitely something fun to do with friends, family, and especially kids.

-- lindsay Comeau

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