Maui Ocean Center
Maui Ocean Center
4.5
Speciality & Gift ShopsAquariums
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Eric V
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Snorkel with a Marine Biologist Tour
    We did the Snorkel with a Marine Biologist Tour. This trip was one of the top five adventures of my life! We were new to snorkeling but myself, my wife and 11 year old daughter are all strong swimmers. Paul is amazing! He was incredibly knowledgable about the reef, and its inhabitants. He set a tone of respect for the place we were exploring and encouraged our curiosity all while making sure our group was having fun. My daughter was really hopeful that we would see sea turtles and he set expectations that the turtles are wild animals and nothing is guaranteed, while letting her know that he would be really excited to show her sea turtles if the opportunity presented itself. What resulted was a magical introduction to snorkeling and the underwater world of the reef… including hanging out with some sea turtles. Thank you to Paul for an unforgettable experience and the Maui Ocean Center for helping us to find this tour. Stop thinking about it and sign up now!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Skyelar F
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Trip to Maui ocean center
    We did the behind the scenes tour and it was well worth it! We were able to feed the sea turtles and sharks while learning so much about the marine life! I would recommend seeing the 3D humpback whale exhibit before leaving because it was a breathtaking once in a lifetime experience!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 5, 2023
  • eshaynes
    Portland, Oregon242 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quick stop
    We stopped on our last day in Maui as we needed to spend a few hours before heading to the airport. You have to pay for parking but there was plenty of parking available. The aquarium is I would say on the smaller side compared to others I’ve been to but it was worth the stop. It is right on the water so you have beautiful views. There are a few different exhibits (living reef, Hawaiians and the seas, open ocean) and things you can do. We walked around looked at different fish/sharks and coral, saw sea turtles and watched the Humpbacks 3D sphere. There is a place to eat (I didn’t get anything) and a gift shop. Overall this takes 2-3 hours depends on how much you want to read and how long you look at things.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 2, 2023
  • jeff
    Carlsbad, California1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to visit with young kids
    We had a wonderful time, very friendly staff especially Dan who showed and explained many things to our two kids. It was cool to see a tiger shark in the large tank. We were seriously impressed by the 3D whale movie. Would highly recommend, especially the interactions with the staff who were engaging, helpful and friendly.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written October 24, 2023
  • Discover02786290221
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Snorkeling with Paul 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
    The snorkeling experience with Paul far surpassed the expectations of my family and I. Paul helped alleviate any fears that came with not having snorkeled before; he provided good gear and made sure everyone was comfortable in the water. During the tour, he provided great insight, and guided us through the coral, where we saw many beautiful fish and, ultimately, multiple green sea turtles. It was a truly amazing experience, and it was awesome that Paul took photos of us and the wildlife we came across for us to keep. Highly recommend!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written January 13, 2024
  • Meghann P
    Greenwood Village, Colorado55 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great attraction, probably better for slightly older kids.
    The Maui ocean center came highly recommended and I think if it was just my husband and I, it would have been perfect. We had our 15 month old with us and her attention span is not that long so we had to move through the exhibits rather quickly. The visit was over before we knew it. I think it would be pushing it to say you would be here for 2 hours unless you did the 3d attractions and extra things. We even stayed for a turtle feed and we were easily done in about 70 minutes. But the exhibits were awesome! Learning about the turtles and watching them get fed was so fun! The price is a little steep for the size of the center, but I realize that money mostly goes to research so I will accept it as is. You also pay to park, which others have mentioned. All in all, it’s worth visiting.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written January 14, 2024
  • Tasha M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Snorkel Tour with Marine Biologist
    My husband and I with our 9 year old son went on the guided snorkel tour. We chose this tour because it's led by a marine biologist. It proved to be an amazing experience for us all! Paul was an amazing guide who obviously cared for the environment and was able to share his extensive knowledge with us. He took pictures of us snorkeling and what we were seeing then sent the pictures to us as a keepsake. We all left feeling inspired! Well worth it! Highly recommended!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written April 16, 2024
  • Whatremains
    Ontario, Canada112 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great visit for the whole family!! So much to see and learn.
    A really great experience for the whole family. We spent a few hours walking through learning about all the animal, marine life and so many other amazing things. We saw honu up close, coral, and the diver gave the kids some shark teeth from the tank. One important thing to note is that most exhibits are all outdoors so it does get hot in the afternoon sun.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written May 5, 2024
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Jodi M
Lethbridge, Canada491 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
This aquarium was okay. Informative exhibits and we loved the 3D humpback movie, but we were done after an hour. We felt it was too expensive for what we got out of it.
Written May 6, 2024
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Whatremains
Ontario, Canada112 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
A really great experience for the whole family. We spent a few hours walking through learning about all the animal, marine life and so many other amazing things.
We saw honu up close, coral, and the diver gave the kids some shark teeth from the tank.

One important thing to note is that most exhibits are all outdoors so it does get hot in the afternoon sun.
Written May 5, 2024
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2TropicsTravelers
Orlando, FL62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
This is such a cool experience! If you like yoga, this will be some of the most unique and fun yoga you can practice. It is easy to sign up on the website, and is well organized. The teacher was great, and provided a good all-levels flow class that was clearly directed and offered good modifications. You will need to bring your mat and any other props you like (blocks, etc). Price was reasonable and in line with other single class drop in prices at other nearby yoga studios.
Written May 2, 2024
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Grumpytravell3r
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg134 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
If you keep your expectations at the right level, this is a very good place to spend an afternoon with a young child. Our 3 year had much fun and we got a bit of a relaxing time also
Written April 28, 2024
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S W
Eagle River, AK1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
The cost is $100. a ticket. For this price, you receive admission to a small aquarium with cloudy plexiglass viewing windows that obscure the fish. It's so cold inside the buildings that I suggest you wear an Arctic parka to be comfortable. I would forgo this Maui attraction. You will get a world class experience going to an aquarium in Seattle or in any large city. Maui price gouges the heck out of people. I'd add photos but they are of cloudy plexiglass. Sorry for the poor review. Rent a car and drive. Hike. Go to a free beach. Send your savings to the people who lost everything in the fire. Truly a catastrophe.
Written April 16, 2024
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Tasha M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
My husband and I with our 9 year old son went on the guided snorkel tour. We chose this tour because it's led by a marine biologist. It proved to be an amazing experience for us all! Paul was an amazing guide who obviously cared for the environment and was able to share his extensive knowledge with us. He took pictures of us snorkeling and what we were seeing then sent the pictures to us as a keepsake. We all left feeling inspired! Well worth it! Highly recommended!
Written April 16, 2024
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Magellan24
Loveland, Ohio161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
I highly recommend this adventure. I have been to aquariums prior and thought it was going to be lacking but it was full of different things and our grandkids throughly enjoyed it! It wa smite expensive initially but we were kept busy for two hours or more.
Written March 28, 2024
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wpatraveler81
Pittsburgh, PA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
If you're not inclined to snorkel, or if you just love aquariums, this is a great option. It's a nicely laid out introduction to the coral reefs & ocean around Hawai'i. The Sphere with the "Whales" in something like 3D Imax is really something-- almost too close to the Humpbacks!
Written March 20, 2024
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littlebug12016
Vancouver Island, Canada90 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
For the high ticket price this was quite a disappointment. I was expecting much more from the exterior and how grand it appeared. There were pockets of greatness but turtle tank was less than I thought it would be and the under ocean walk was very small. Not to mention they pump tonnes of people through with no rules so the incessant sticky hands on everything and screaming made it tough when in confined spaces to read the walls and enjoy the experience. We didn’t get a chance to see the show in the big circle so perhaps that would have made it seem worth it but for the price it should have been a much longer more enjoyable time. For us it was not. Having someone go around and clean the glass would have been helpful as we didn’t want to touch anything which was often also hard to see through. Yuck.
Written March 18, 2024
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Amy B
Spokane, WA162 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Such a cool place to spend time learning about the local marine life. Great exhibits and friendly staff that you can tell are passionate about the ocean.
It was fun learning more about the fish we had been seeing while snorkeling off Maui. The movie about the humpback whales moved me to tears. It was beautifully done. And the glass tunnel through the shark tank was fun.
Definitely a great spot to explore- we did so on a rainy afternoon. The gift shop is fabulous too! The best tshirt designs on the island.
Written March 13, 2024
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