The Maui Ocean Center aquarium is worth a special mention, not only as a spectacular activity, but also for their work in educating the public and protecting the marine environment. The 3-acre facility is the largest tropical reef aquarium in the Western Hemisphere.
Features include outdoor tide pools, and a 750,000-gallon Open Ocean exhibit with a 240-degree view acrylic tunnel. There is a humpback whale discovery center with interactive educational exhibits. The park has an extensive gift shop, open air courtyard and restaurant overlooking Ma'alaea Harbor.
The company recently launched the nonprofit Maui Ocean Center Marine Institute. In addition to stewardship programs, such as releasing turtle hatchlings back into the ocean, the organization is proactively propagating coral to address the rapid decline in coral populations in Hawaii due to climate change and other factors
When visiting Maui Ocean Center's website, make sure to check out the live underwater video cam.
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