Secondly I LOVE the philosophy of the Maui Ocean Center. Maui County does not allow marine mammals to be kept in captivity so you won’t see any seals in tiny tanks, dolphin shows, or anything else like that. Some people might be disappointed by that but I thought it was awesome. (The Waikiki Aquarium has the saddest monk seal ever penned up in a tiny pool by itself). The other cool thing is that all the fish are wild caught and then returned to the ocean after being used in the exhibits. So all those fish you see (and sharks!) are only taking a really boring vacation before being sent back out to the big ocean.
Oh the touch tank was great too! I really want to make a shout out to the incredible employee who let my kids pet a ton of stuff and let me talk her ear off forever. She was enthusiastic and friendly and everyone should love their job that much! We also got to meet this insane trigger fish, pictured below. This fish kept jumping out of the water, over and over. It was the funniest thing I have ever seen.
Maui Ocean Center has a great military or kama’aina discount!