The warm waters surrounding the islands as well as its location has made Hawai'i home to an incredible number of fish, coral and marine mammal species. Approximately 30% of the reef fish found in Hawaii cannot be found anywhere else in the world. This is one reason why Hawai'i is one of the best diving sites in the world.
For people who are not into diving, we can still enjoy the unique marine life of Hawai'i by visiting the aquariums found in the islands. There is one in Honolulu (Waikiki Aquarium) and another in Maui.
Voted as Hawaii's top attraction by Zagat Survey US Family Travel Guide, Maui Ocean Center is a state-of-the art marine park which houses among others the U.S.'s largest collection of living coral; a 54-foot long acrylic tunnel where visitors can stroll and see inside the 750,000 gallon Open Ocean Exhibit numerous reef sharks, stingrays, and thousands of tropical fish; sea jelly exhibit.
Most people know that humpback whales can be found in Hawaii during the winter, particularly in the island of Maui. I was fortunate to see a couple of them during my vacation to Maui on my spring break. At Maui Ocean Center's Marine Mammal Discovery, I got to learn more about the humpback whales, monk seals and dolphins found in Hawaiian waters.