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Maui Ocean Center

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Address: 192 Maalaea Rd, Hwy 30, Ma'alaea Harbor, Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793-5931
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+1 808-270-7000
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Discover, experience, and explore Hawaii's underwater world at Maui Ocean...

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 extended summer hours, 9am-6pm in July and August.

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OH! EMM! GEE!!

Absolutely fabulous..,simply fabulous!! This is one of the best aquariums that I have been to..and I love aquariums!. It is perfectly laid out, with facinating stops at each... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Absolutely fabulous..,simply fabulous!! This is one of the best aquariums that I have been to..and I love aquariums!. It is perfectly laid out, with facinating stops at each turn. We were there over the Christmas break and never felt crowded or hurried. Each tank, from small coral displays too massive tanks that held sharks and rays was sparkling clean. For... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Well set up, good if the weather if not so good weather. Kids enjoyed it. Great variety of fish & lovely turtles.

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Small facility. Many aquariums. Hammerhead exhibit had 0 sharks. $30 for family pics by photographer on green screen is a bit SPENDY since most have own camera. Suggest having a significant discount included in tix for incentive to purchase. Exhibit takes a min of 1 hr to breeze thru otherwise 2 hrs max if reading everything.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is our third visit to the aquarium. Our oldest daughter was only 18 mo when we first visited; she is now 14yo....and enjoyed it just as much as the the first time. Our three girls are 14yo, 11yo and 8 yo. We booked a 'behind the scenes tour'-it was really great. We went to the 1:30 tour and it... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I've been there multiple times with school kid trips and various other group activities. Its a wonderful aquarium and well maintained but after a dozen trips the thrill wears off...I still take newcomers there as I know its a nice day.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Enjoyed this visit and thanks to the fish for putting on a nice show. Great destination for cruise ship visitors

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Edmonton, Alberta
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Smaller aquarium but good for kids with shorter attention spans. Nice rainy day activity or if your looking for a half day activity away from the beach.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited while in Maui during a rainy/windy afternoon. I'm not sure that I would recommend this over being out on a typical beautiful Maui day, but it was perfect when we would have otherwise been holed up in the hotel room. The facility is nice and clean, and the information items are ample. We did not do the audio... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

There are so many things to see at the Maui Ocean Center that it may take several visits to appreciate all of it. It's a great rainy day or sunny day activity.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

oh gosh what an incredible place to be! all kinds of interesting sea life! I especially loved the big glass tank that also is overhead and have rays and sharks swimming over you!!!!!! The place to go for all ages!

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