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Maui Ocean Center

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192 Maalaea Rd, Hwy 30, Ma'alaea Harbor, Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793-5931
+1 808-270-7000
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Discover, experience, and explore Hawaii's underwater world at Maui Ocean Center. Named Top 25 Best Aquariums in the U.S. by TripAdvisor, the Aquarium features over 60 exhibits with sharks, turtles, stingrays and thousands of vibrant tropical fish. The Aquarium is home to the world's largest collection of live Pacific corals, faithfully replicating thriving marine ecosystems in every exhibit. Journey from the shallow reef to the open ocean and encounter marine life found nowhere else in the world. A mix of indoor-outdoor exhibits, behind-the-scenes tours, and interactive presentations allow guests to conveniently discover Hawaii's marine life in a single day that would otherwise take a lifetime of exploration to see. Explore the diversity of Hawaii's marine world without ever getting wet in breathtaking exhibits like the 750,000-gallon Open Ocean Exhibit featuring a 54ft walkthrough tunnel. Amply named The Aquarium of Hawaii, Maui Ocean Center is dedicated to perpetuating the Hawaiian culture and the relationship that exists between the Hawaiian people and the sea. Enhance your experience with Maui's only shark diving activity, dining at Seascape Restaurant, shopping at Maui Ocean Treasures, or book a special event at Maui's most unique venue. Enjoy a distinctively Maui experience at Hawaii's premier Aquarium. Open daily 9am-5pm (including all holidays) with final admission at 4:30pm.
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  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
192 Maalaea Rd, Hwy 30, Ma'alaea Harbor, Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793-5931
+1 808-270-7000
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Reviewed yesterday

We were very pleased with our visit to the Ocean Center. It was very educational, and made us aware of the need to protect sea life. The displays were beautifully presented, and the cafe and gift shop were excellent.

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Thank Carl333Chicago
Reviewed 2 days ago

My daughters and I had an amazing time at the aquarium! The behind the scenes tour is a MUST! Beautiful.

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Thank Stephanie D
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We decided to go to the Maui Ocean Center for our third day in Hawaii. We travel down the coast about 45 minutes to get there and it was a worthwhile trip. My wife and I totally enjoyed all the wonderful creatures and the dramatic...More

Thank UpstateJohn
Reviewed 1 week ago

We've been to Maui each year for the past three years and have gone to Maui Ocean Centre each time - it doesn't get old. It's great learning about the fish that you see snorkeling. The restaurant is not only a great restaurant for a...More

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Thank richardwP9878UB
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was an amazing facility. It was so well organized with so much information. We spent five hours here. We lucked out and saw every talk that was offered. We really enjoyed the shark tank with the diver. Very educational and employees were happy to...More

Thank Legacyboy
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in Maui for our son's wedding and had our 17 year old grandson with us. We went to Maui Ocean Center as he is fascinated by sharks. He got his shark fix and we were all amazed by the diversity of sea life...More

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Thank darrelc1944
Reviewed 1 week ago

a lovely aquarium and ocean exhibit. we spend a couple of hours here on the way back to the airport. it is right near the airport and even has a restaurant of two in the same shopping area. the exhibits are a combination of classic...More

Thank Barry G
Reviewed 1 week ago

I did the shark dive and it is an amazing experience. They do a lot for the animals and to educate people about animals. The staff are amazing and they really are passionate about what they do. I will go again next time I go...More

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Thank factoryrecall70
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not your average aquarium. Lots of fish, shark displays. Interesting way to spend a few hours. Look for discount tickets..... available everywhere. Gift shop has a lot of Hawaiian items.

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Thank 591judithw
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place isn't huge like sea world and such places, but very inner active, clean, affordable, informative and always changing sea creatures because they release them back into the water ... the shark tunnel is totally worth the entire visit!!

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2 July 2017|
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Response from johng3333 | Reviewed this property |
I checked with my 15 year old daughter who enthusiastically said yes. The only ones I remembered were the ones they were raising that we saw in the behind the scenes tour. Enjoy!
10 June 2017|
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Response from 181Linda | Reviewed this property |
Not at the aquarium. The snorkeling tour you pre book your tickets.
2 May 2017|
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Response from Tremaine E | Reviewed this property |
3 hours is plenty. But if course it all depends on the kids attraction to the exhibitions.