Head to the Ocean Center in Ma'alaea Village any time during the normal business hours. Enter inside this temple to Hawaiian marine life as you explore the center’s range of more than 60 interactive exhibits. You can expand your visit by adding package options with food, drinks and souvenirs if you wish.
Learn about the diverse range of ocean creatures that call the Hawaiian Islands home, taking a look at everything from intricate coral formations to native plant life and colorful fish. If you have questions or want to learn more, on-site ocean naturalists are available to help share their insights at the center’s various exhibits.
Each of the facility’s habitats is designed to replicate an authentic underwater environment. You might explore The Living Reef, discovering how the isolation of these unique islands contributes to the diversity of its marine life. There’s also Turtle Lagoon, dedicated to the ‘Honu’ (green turtle), and Sting Ray Cove, where you can view a variety of rays as they float by. For a full run-down of park exhibits, review the itinerary below.
The Living Reef
Discover how Hawaii, an island more than 2,000 miles (3,218.7 km) from any continent, has produced a unique assemblage of marine life unequaled on earth due to its isolation.
The most common sea turtle in Hawaii is the honu , or green turtle, which is named for the color of its body fat . This outdoor exhibit allows a close-up view of these marine reptiles from both above and below the water's surface.
The Discovery Pool
Constructed as an ocean rock pool, the Discovery Pool holds a variety of harmless marine animals, including sea stars, sea urchins and sea cucumbers. You are welcome to touch and handle many of the inhabitants of this display.
Sting Ray Cove
Sting Ray Cove is home to stingrays, eagle rays and occasionally juvenile hammerhead sharks. Because it's rare that rays spend much time near the water's surface, this large outdoor pool is shaded to protect their sensitive eyes.
The Open Ocean
In this ‘Underwater Journey’ exhibit, predators and prey coexist in a 750,000-gallon (2.8 million-liter) saltwater aquarium, the largest in the state. Stroll through a long, clear tunnel, which provides a 240-degree view of nearly 2,000 fish!