Spend the day at the Maui Ocean Center — a “Top 25 Best Aquariums in the U.S.” as voted by TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice 2014 — and take advantage of Maui Ocean Center’s recipe for the perfect Aquarium visit with the Discover & Dine admission and lunch package. The package allows guests to explore an underwater paradise at ten percent off admission and enjoy an ocean view lunch at the award-winning Seascape Ma‘alaea Restaurant at a great price. The special deal is available only online at the Aquarium’s website and must be purchased in advance.
Known as The Hawaiian Aquarium, guests will discover an underwater paradise at this state-of-the-art marine park where the beauty and wonder of Hawaii’s aquatic world come to life. Through years of research and meticulous care, Maui Ocean Center has gathered the best and most unique collection of Hawaii’s marine life. As a result, what would take years, if not a lifetime to explore in the wild, can easily be seen in a leisurely stroll through the facility in one day. For visitors, this aquatic experience is both educational and breathtaking as they encounter hundreds of species, of which 25% are endemic or only found in Hawaii.
Over 60 exhibits and hands-on activities will delight children and adults alike. The 54-foot long acrylic tunnel takes visitors inside the 750,000-gallon Open Ocean Exhibit so they can come eye to eye with numerous reef sharks, stingrays and thousands of tropical reef fish. Playful green sea turtles, mystical moon jellies and elusive octopus are just some of the marine animals that one will encounter. In addition to extensive narrative signs and optional audio guides, Ocean Naturalists give interactive presentations throughout the day and answer questions.
The spectacular view with island-inspired fare at the award-winning Seascape Ma‘alaea Restaurant is a dining destination not to be missed. The open-air restaurant serves as the perfect location during the summer to cool down with one of our unique tropical cocktails while watching surfers ride the south swells. Organic and locally grown ingredients bring out the best of Maui flavors. Mouthwatering 100% wild caught blue crab cakes and the chef’s creatively prepared fresh catch of the day are just a few dishes on the diverse, sustainable seafood-friendly menu.
The mission of Maui Ocean Center is to foster understanding, wonder and respect for Hawaii’s marine life. This state-of-the-art aquarium is open daily from 9 to 5, and from 9 to 6 in July and August.