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If you find yourself facing a rainy day on the island, consider spending some time at the Maui Ocean Center. This facility was created to cultivate visitors' interest in learning about Hawaii's underwater ecosystems. The vast Maui Ocean Center offers a variety of ways to get up close and personal with the island's nautical residents, including touch pools and a tunnel beneath the 750,000-gallon Open Ocean exhibit (which houses more than 2,000 fish). While here, you can catch a glimpse of everything from stingrays to sea turtles to sharks.
Recent visitors described the aquarium as small, but charming. Many travelers were especially impressed with the Open Ocean tunnel. And for reviewers who had snorkeled around the island, the aquarium provided a more in-depth education into the animals they had spotted underneath the water's surface.
You'll find the Maui Ocean Center in Ma'alaea along the southwest coast of the island. The facility is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission costs around $27.95 for adults and $19.95 for children ages 3 to 12. There are also family packages and additional activities, such as behind-the-scenes tours, available for an extra charge. You can reach the Maui Ocean Center by car from the Honoapiilani Highway (Route 30); you can also take the No. 20 bus from Lahaina or Kahului or the Nos. 10 or 15 buses from the Piilani Village Shopping Center just north of Wailea (the No. 10 also runs to Kahului). To learn more, visit the Maui Ocean Center website.
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