The Humpbacks of Hawaii Interactive Exhibit & Sphere is a multi-media exhibit and 3D theater at the Maui Ocean Center aquarium. Visitors walk through various presentations and activities about humpback whales before entering the “3D Sphere,” where visitors are immersed in the ocean world of humpback whales.
The Monolithic Dome is the exhibit’s centerpiece; at 54 feet in diameter (16.4 m) by 37 feet tall (11.2 m), the dome is a ¾ sphere. This design enables projecting a 360-degree image on half the dome’s surface. The audience wears active 3D glasses—superior to regular movie theater 3D glasses—to increase the depth of the illusion to the point that people feel that they can actually reach out and touch the whales in the movie.
The maximum diameter of the sphere is large enough to project a full-sized humpback whale in three-dimensional space above the audience.
The Maui Ocean Center is one of the “Top 10 Aquariums in the World,” according to TripAdvisor. “Maui Ocean Center exhibits only marine animals found in Hawaiian waters while perpetuating the relationship between the Hawaiian culture and the sea. It features one of the world’s largest displays of live Pacific corals and an immersive, 750,000-gallon Open Ocean exhibit, both of which are highlighted regularly in guest reviews.”
The aquarium is open most days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.