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Kids and Adults can Sleep with the Sharks at Maui Ocean Center

Throughout the year, Maui Ocean Center will hold several public sleepovers for children ages 6-13. Children must be accompanied by one adult 21 years or older. The sleepovers are hosted by the Aquarium's education team and give participants the chance to experience the Aquarium after dark, sleep with the sharks, learn fascinating facts about marine animals, and much more. Sleepovers begin at 7pm on a Friday and end the next morning at 9am. The cost is $75 plus tax per child and per adult. Price includes continental breakfast, nighttime snacks, souvenir and next day admission. Special group and membership rates are available. Reservations are required for the sleepovers. Sleepover activities are subject to change.

Maui Ocean Center is a smoke free facility and no alcoholic beverages are allowed; no exceptions.

The aquarium after dark is a thrilling place to be – certain animals will come out of hiding while others seem to disappear from sight. Sleepover participants will have the unique opportunity to witness the nocturnal behavior of marine animals with an exciting night adventure tour of the Living Reef. Children will learn about the nighttime behavior of sharks and discover how some animals can make their own light. Activities include a supervised turtle feed at the Turtle Lagoon, ocean-themed games, hands-on discovery lessons, crafts, movies and more. At 11:00 p.m., it is lights out and time for everyone to tuck into their sleeping bags to sleep with the sharks. Participants will wake up to observe the beautiful Open Ocean Exhibit, and enjoy a yummy continental breakfast before. Program ends at 9:00 and then the adventure continues with your admission into the park!

Aquarium members will receive 15% off admission. Advance reservations are required; call (808) 270-7075. For more program information, call (808) 270-7085. Private sleepovers for groups of 15-50 participants may also be booked throughout the year.

Deadline to sign up for sleepovers is by 12 noon on the Thursday before. Peek into the lives of nocturnal marine animals, observe sea creatures that glow in the dark and witness changes in shark behavior from day to night!


The mission of Maui Ocean Center is to foster understanding, wonder and respect for Hawaii’s marine life. This state-of-the-art aquarium was named the Top Rated Attraction in Hawaii by the Zagat Survey in U.S. Family Travel Guide, a Leader In Responsible Tourism on the Top 100 Blue List by Islands Magazine, and Best Environmental Attraction by readers of The Maui News. Open daily from 9 to 5, and from 9 to 6 in July and August. For more information please contact the Maui Ocean Center: 192 Ma`alaea Road; Ma`alaea, HI 96793; telephone (808) 270-7000, facsimile (808) 270-7070, email info@mauioceancenter.com or visit www.mauioceancenter.com.

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