Turtles and monk seals are cute and instant photo opportunities but did you know it’s illegal to feed, touch or go within 6-feet of them? Nature is part of Hawaii’s culture along with its people, and the ocean plays an important role in our daily lives. The Maui Ocean Center is a great place to visit before heading into the beaches and swimming in the ocean. Maui has the most swimmable beaches in Hawaii but it’s also important that visitors understand how fragile the marine system is. The Maui Ocean Center is a great resource to knowing what kind of marine life you can expect to see and how to protect and enjoy them at the same time. For more information, call 808-270-7000.