Category Archives: Maui Ocean Center

Sleeping with Sharks

Calm down…this isn’t some Mafia reference. This is what Mara and Max did on Friday night – courtesy of Maui Ocean Center. When we visited this aquarium with the Gs, we saw that July was Shark Month. One thing led to another, and we found that they had a sleepover going on while we are in Maui.

Never ones to pass up a chance for an adults-only dinner, Mike and I got the kids signed up! Off they went to feed sea turtles and hammerheads – not to mention sleeping in the giant shark tank viewing room! And off we went to have a fabulous dinner at Roy’s Restaurant in Kahana. Our server was wonderful as were Mike’s blackened Ahi, my butterfish and the lobster potstickers. YUM!

Then we all spent Saturday lazing around…the kids recovering from getting up at 6 a.m. to feed the turtles and sharks (again), and our recovering from a night out with real drinks. Good thing we had a day to rest…we needed it for our Sunday snorkeling adventure.


Maui Ocean Center (e.g., the Aquarium)

The last big adventure with the Gs was visiting Maui Ocean Center (the aquarium). We opted to get a behind-the-scenes tour along with the regular DIY stroll. It was totally worth the $10 extra per person. We got to hold jellyfish (Max overcame his man o’ war psychological scars and joined in), high-five one-year-old sea turtles and feed hammerheads.

Yeah, it was cool.

The best part of the self-guided tour was definitely the shark tank and the walk-through tunnel. Tiger sharks, sting rays and puffer fish…all in one HUGE tank. We got to see the scuba divers get in that tank and feed the fish and rays…then they got out and fed the sharks.

If you are at least 15 years old, scuba certified and can get yourself over here, you too can swim with the sharks! Anyone, anyone?