Maui Ocean Center

Maui Ocean Center, Wailuku: Hours, Address, Maui Ocean Center Reviews: 4.5/5

Maui Ocean Center
4.5
09:00 - 17:00
Monday
09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 17:00
Thursday
09:00 - 17:00
Friday
09:00 - 17:00
Saturday
09:00 - 17:00
Sunday
09:00 - 17:00
About
Named “Top 10 Aquariums in the World” by TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards, Maui Ocean Center is the premier destination to encounter and learn about Hawaii’s marine life. Home to one of the world’s largest displays of live Pacific corals, the Aquarium exhibits only marine life found in Hawaiian waters including tropical fish, sea turtles, sharks, stingrays, octopuses, sea jellies, and more. The Aquarium highlights the beauty of Hawaii’s undersea world while perpetuating the deep connection between the Hawaiian people and the sea. The Aquarium’s mission is to foster understanding, wonder, and respect for Hawaii’s marine life.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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from €34.73
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DeniseF6
Mountain Iron, MN97 contributions
Ocean Center
There are many exhibits throughout the ocean center. There’s a fantastic restaurant on site as well as shops. The animals were beautiful to see and read about them. I’m happy they no longer support keeping whales in captivity, I was very pleased about that.
Written 23 November 2021
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alc0586
Texas20 contributions
The new 3D whale experience is exceptional!
The new 3D whale 15min. experience is exceptional! We’ve been to the aquarium a couple of times it’s nice. Your typical aquarium experience, but the new whale made the 3rd visit great!
Written 21 November 2021
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MauiOceanCenterMOC
Mahalo for taking the time to leave us this review. We're so happy to hear that your visits have only improved, and we sincerely thank you for supporting us. Aloha!
Written 29 November 2021
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Peemers77
Kalamazoo, MI72 contributions
Pricey but nice
Nov 2021 • Couples
I loved the Aquarium but for the price it wasn’t very big. The whale movie was great but I was disappointed that it wasn’t longer.
Getting the ticket online was very easy even for a senior citizen!!
Written 19 November 2021
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MauiOceanCenterMOC
Aloha and mahalo for leaving this review. We're glad to hear you felt our online purchasing process was smooth and straightforward! We appreciate you taking the time to share the things you loved about your visit, along with some constructive feedback. Aloha!
Written 19 November 2021
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Deedle707
Willits, CA44 contributions
Loved it!
Nov 2021 • Couples
Great place- very relaxed and not overly crowded even on the weekend. The exhibits are well maintained and a great educational opportunity fir all.
Written 16 November 2021
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MauiOceanCenterMOC
Aloha! We're so glad to hear you had a great time and hope you learned a few new things about Hawaiʻi's marine life :)
Written 19 November 2021
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Troy b
2 contributions
Overall wonderful time
Nov 2021 • Family
The aquarium was awesome and the whale dome was worth the trip alone. Absolutely amazing!! However the inside stuff was a bit stuffy and masks were not being worn by many and really packed in. If this is something that you are worried about you may want to speed thru the inside beginning part. Plus the best stuff is outside or in bigger areas anyway. Overall we loved it. But when you have a guy who constantly seems to be standing next to you even when we skip stuff to get way ahead and he is coughing and has a runny nose and keeps standing next to you and your children, it was pretty annoying

Oh but did I mention they have a tiger shark!?
Written 15 November 2021
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MauiOceanCenterMOC
Aloha Don! We're so happy to hear you had a wonderful time, and we'd like to thank you for sharing the things you loved about your visit. Our team works to remind our guests to wear their masks properly throughout the day, but admittedly, we aren't able to catch each occasion. In addition, our park entry times are staggered to help the flow of traffic and provide more opportunity for everyone to stay distanced, and we're sorry to hear it seemed crowded during your visit. We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback with us, and we'll work on these areas moving forward. Aloha!
Written 19 November 2021
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dianetgottlieb
North Ferrisburg, VT85 contributions
Not to miss
Not to miss. An incredible aquarium with three levels of coral and fish. Well done exhibitions. A 3 D movie on whales. Timed visits because of Covid. Leave enough time to visit the exhibits.
Written 15 November 2021
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MauiOceanCenterMOC
Aloha Diane! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit from beginning to end. Mahalo for reviewing us!
Written 18 November 2021
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dahlinalejandro
20 contributions
Great Expeeuence But A Little Pricey
Nov 2021 • Family
Lots of great ocean life that we don’t generally sea and a little bit of historical perspective. The sphere is awesome, too. We enjoyed it very much. However, I think $35 fee plus parking is a little high. At the very least, offer military and senior citizen discounts.
Written 9 November 2021
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MauiOceanCenterMOC
Aloha, and mahalo for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. We're glad to hear you had a great experience and would love to address some of your concerns. Discounted rates for seniors are available on Tripadvisor, and our website offers discounted rates for seniors, military members, and Hawaiʻi residents. If you have any additional feedback or suggestions you'd like to share with us, please reach out to aloha@mauioceancenter.com. Aloha!
Written 10 November 2021
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Lawrence S
Utica, MI99 contributions
Small, but fascinating
Oct 2021 • Couples
We stopped at the Maui Ocean Center this afternoon. It's not cheap, and it's not huge, but we highly recommend the visit. There were exhibits regarding Hawaiian tribal life, and the push to bring back Hawaiian culture, and to restore an island back to the way it was during the monarchy.
But the Aquarium is mainly about aquatic animals, and it was replete with those. Besides a nursery for the endangered green turtles, there was another one for young sharks. Then, the next exhibit hall showed life on Hawaii's Living Reef. From the shallows to the depths, the representative creatures were grouped. Then there was a huge aquarium, featuring a walk-through tunnel, filled with most of the aquatic life seen throughout the Islands.
But they saved the best for last - an exhibit hall dedicated to the humpback whale. Hawaii has outlawed confining cetaceous animals, and such would be an anathema to this Aquarium. Instead there were multiple exhibits explaining their lives, migratory, and social patterns, as well as the sounds and songs they make. Finally, we were treated to a 3D film showing the humpback in their natural state, adult and juvenile males and females, and calves. One cannot help but be amazed at how enormous these animals are, and the film certainly gave us a great perspective, as they glided right beside us. "WOW!" is all I could say.
The tour took us less than 3 hours, but held our attention throughout, as I think it would for children as well. We really enjoyed our visit.
Written 23 October 2021
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MauiOceanCenterMOC
Aloha Lawrence! We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to leave this thoughtful review. We're grateful for your feedback, and we're so glad to hear you had a wonderful time. Mahalo for sharing your experience with us!
Written 2 November 2021
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Jeff B
Tulsa, OK78 contributions
First class facility
Sep 2021
The Ocean Center is a beautiful facility and provides important education. It is not massive so a couple hours is plenty to see everything. The one part that I would highly recommend is the Humpback Whale theater experience, do not leave until you do that. It is the highlight and the only thing that makes the price of admission worth it. It is so amazingly beautiful, wish it was a little longer but I understand why it is short. If you are really in to fish, you'll enjoy it for sure.
Written 12 October 2021
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MauiOceanCenterMOC
Aloha Jeff, mahalo for taking the time to share this feedback with us. We're glad to hear you enjoyed the sphere presentation. We love educating our guests on Hawaiʻi's marine life, and we appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts with us. Mahalo!
Written 14 October 2021
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Krich7310
United States24 contributions
Fun Stop
This is a nice aquarium. The Humpback Whale video in the new Sphere exhibit was really awesome. I had hoped there would be more facts about the whales, but seeing them in 3D was pretty awesome. Definitely a must see if you have kids.
Written 26 September 2021
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TapaniVuoriMOC
Aloha Kristi, mahalo for taking the time to share your thoughts with us! We're happy to hear you loved the Sphere. Our knowledgeable marine naturalists can be found around the park and are always excited to answer questions and offer fun facts! Thanks again for sharing your feedback.
Written 27 September 2021
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Maui Ocean Center is open:
  • Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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Maui Ocean Center admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost €33.66, while a popular guided tour starts around €13.07 per person. See all 5 Maui Ocean Center tickets and tours on Tripadvisor

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