Maui Ocean Center

Aquarium in Maʻalaea

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This midsize aquarium showcases Hawaii’s dazzling marine life, including many species found nowhere else. The floor plan takes you on an ocean journey, beginning with nearshore reefs teeming with colorful tropical fish and ending with deep-ocean sealife. The grand finale is a 54ft clear acrylic tunnel that leads you through a large tank as sharks and rays glide by. Local ordinance prevents exhibition of live cetaceans, so there’s no dolphin show.