Discover an Underwater Paradise at Maui Ocean Center, The Hawaiian Aquarium. The largest tropical aquarium in the Western Hemisphere and voted Hawaii’s Top Attraction by Zagat Survey US Family Travel Guide. This state-of-the-art marine park highlights the beauty and wonder of Hawaii’s underwater world where over 60 exhibits and interactive activities will delight children and adults alike. See the nation’s largest collection of living coral while you discover colorful reef fish and mysterious reef dwelling sea creatures. Be entertained by playful green sea turtles and be fascinated with hands-on interaction at the Tide Pool. Learn about monk seals, dolphins, and whales found in Hawaiian waters in the Marine Mammal Discovery Center through interactive displays, videos and games. Become mesmerized by the mystical Sea Jelly Cylinder. Stroll through the 54-foot long acrylic tunnel inside the 750,000-gallon Open Ocean Exhibit and come eye to eye with several species of reef sharks, stingrays, and thousands of tropical reef fish. Centrally located in Ma‘alaea Harbor, Maui Ocean Center is about 20 minutes from Maui’s major resort areas. Audio guide rentals and complimentary strollers are available. Open daily, 9-5, July and August until 6pm. Call (808) 270-7000.
|“OCEAN Organic Vodka is a family effort and a true labor of love. Three generations of our family, The Smiths, have grown up on the beautiful island of Maui, where the Pacific Ocean is our playground and sanctuary. Our family embodies a deep love and respect for the ocean and the natural beauty of our home. This appreciation and the drive to be more eco-conscious, to strive for sustainability, ultimately led to the creation of OCEAN Organic Vodka in 2005.
|Visitors can discover Hawaii's rich agricultural history at this 60-acre working plantation in Waikapu. The plantation features 14 of Hawaii's most important fruit and flower crops, such as coconuts, papaya, macadamia nuts, coffee, mango and guava. Visit the Maui Tropical Plantation if you want to learn about Hawaii farming and sample some fresh-picked tasty treats.
There are plenty of activities here to keep you and your family busy. Take the fully-narrated tropical express tram tour, a 40-minute tour that takes visitors through the plantation grounds and features a coconut husking demonstration.
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by Jeff Stark
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Mauians are serious about protecting the beauty and natural environment of our island home.
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