Maui Ocean Center

Rated as a top family attraction by Zagat surveys, the Maui Ocean Center is home to an amazing exhibit called The Open Ocean, which is a 54-foot acrylic tunnel that offers 360-degree views of marine life, including manta rays, sharks, sting rays, and tropical fish. The tank is a whopping 750,000 gallons – the largest in Hawaii.

The 3-acre marine park is the largest tropical aquarium in the Western Hemisphere and features the largest collection of living corals in the United States. There are more than 60 exhibits which showcase everything from tropical reef fish, stingrays, and green sea turtles to sharks, octopus, eels, and sea jellies – but no dolphins or whales, per a Maui County ordinance prohibiting the exhibit of these creatures.

Maui Ocean Center is located in Maalaea Harbor, and provides spectacular ocean views. However, 75 percent of the aquarium is located indoors, making this destination the perfect spot to get out of the rain – or heat – for a few hours.