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Fun way to do something out of the water.

After spending a day on the beach, we needed to find an activity to do out of the sun. So we set... read more

Reviewed August 13, 2018
325michaelam
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Westmount, Canada
Great for all ages

Very informative. Nice atmosphere and amazing exhibits. Knowledgeable, friendly and informative... read more

Reviewed July 30, 2018
smitteez
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Colville, Washington
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Reviewed March 5, 2015

It's a great little aquarium with plenty of informative displays. They have a ton of tropical fish! I think it's the most in the world. They also have a couple outdoor tanks with sea turtles and juvenile sharks/rays, as well as a touch tank. The volunteer there were very knowledgeable and we had a nice chat with her. By far, our favorite part was the shark tank. It's incredible! We ended up sitting there for at least half an hour and then spent another ten minutes slowly walking through the tunnel.

For me, the major downside to this place was the price. It's pretty expensive, but if you book online ahead of time, you can get a week pass for the cost of a daily admission. That's what we did and since we stayed in Maalaea, it was easy for us to just pop over there and visit a few tanks when we had some spare time.

I'd recommend coming here before you snorkel as it will help you identify fish when you're in the ocean.

Date of experience: February 2015
4  Thank smkozlow
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Reviewed September 16, 2014

We only had about 1.5 hours at the Ocean Discovery Center before it closed, and we could easily have spent more time there. We got really engrossed in watching the tropical reef fish, and we identified a number of species that we'd seen while snorkeling but didn't know their names. I also found the exhibit about native Hawaiians to be fascinating. The old inhabitants of the isle could free dive 200 feet, wedge their foot between rocks and wait for a fish to go by before spearing it.

A visit to the aquarium, though pricy, really provides appreciation and context about the ocean world.

Date of experience: November 2013
4  Thank Laurel K
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Reviewed September 10, 2014

Small for,someone from Monterey area, but has a great undersea tunnel ...enjoyed the jellies. Watched Rays float above in the tunnel. Nice gift shop.

Date of experience: August 2014
2  Thank Kimmistin44
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Reviewed August 11, 2014

We got there as it was opening so it wasn't as crowded early on. We enjoyed our visit but we felt the attraction was overpriced for what displays were there. We enjoyed walking through the tunnel with all the sharks swimming overhead! Nice gift shop.

Date of experience: February 2014
2  Thank TravelingTexasGal
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Reviewed April 21, 2014

Loved the walk through tunnel where we could sit and watch the reef sharks and stingrays swim about - right overhead! Interesting creatures including sea horses, jelly fish and a strange looking frog fish which had the kid's curiosity. However, the entry price is quite steep for 2 adults and 1 child, and we were all the way through in 1.5 hours.

Date of experience: April 2014
3  Thank Karen B
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