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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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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 2 days ago

The aquarium isn't very big, we didn't spend more than 2 hours there. But don't let that stop you from going. They have a large selection of beautiful fish along with information about them as well as other fish. They had a lot of interactive...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We were presently surprised with this attraction and facility. The people were great, the exhibits were incredible and the education we received was extraordinary. When you go be sure to visit when the diver is in the shark tank. It is a great experience.

Thank Greg G
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Small aquarium that gives a good overview of the sea life of the islands. The Keiki Passport kept the 6 year old occupied and interested for most of the visit. About 20 presentations during the day so easy to catch live presentation.

Thank MOBX
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Had a good time. Interesting exhibits. This place does a great job in their oceanography exhibits. My four-year-old twins enjoyed it. Recommended.

Thank smmatrix
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We decided to go see this based on the recommendations of the hotel, plus we got an all week pass for the price of a one day though the hotel. While we enjoyed the exhibits and the talks, there were a lot of young children....More

Thank Louisianagirl51
Reviewed 4 days ago

Our Ohana had so much fun, we did the behind the scenes. Our tour guide was too funny and educated our Ohana on something's we weren't aware of. We got to feed the Honu's, fish and sharks. Our daughter enjoyed spending her 7th bday here....More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

We have always enjoyed stopping in ,, Usally lots of children but hey its a Aquarium what can you expect LOL

Thank RJ N
Reviewed 6 days ago

This was an easy way to see the variety of sea life of Hawaii. We didn't encounter any sea turtles when snorkeling, but got a close view of them at Maui Ocean Center.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Unreal experience - got to pet a stingray and a white tip reef shark and saw the feeding of a stingray - if you're using go pro no need for red filter - make sure to get your viewers to take pics of you through...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

We are from the Monterey, CA area and members of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, so we have SUPER high standards for an aquarium. For being on a small island like Maui, this one is awesome! True, much smaller than Monterey, but the exhibits are well-done...More

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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.