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Maui Ocean Center

#1 of 47 things to do in Wailuku Features Animals
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 extended summer hours, 9am-6pm in July and August.
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  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
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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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Reviewed 2 days ago

Best we have ever seen, truly with the inhabitants interests at heart! The re circulation of fish and sea animals was something we found really unique ! Must see all!!!

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Maui Ocean Center is an aquatic oasis. A special place to appreciate the ocean and its inhabitants. A "must see" whilst on Maui. I witnessed a California couple receiving a special gift of "aloha". They arrived at 3 and did not have time to enjoy...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

The behind-the-scenes tour is only about $15/person more and worth every dime. We learned about their preservation efforts, got to touch a jelly fish, learned a lot about sea life, saw baby sea turtles and then the kids got to feed the sea turtles and...More

Thank CAWriterMom
Reviewed 2 days ago

visited here on vacation to maui, about 15 minutes from the airport. Shark tank and dive presentation was awesome. Sea turtles were super cool to see too. Worth stopping by if you want to see some sea creatures up close!

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Reviewed 3 days ago

I had a great time. We were able to have my grandson watch from the outside. The Aquarium personnel were outstanding. This is my second time diving in the Aquarium.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Spent the last day on the island visiting this aquarium. Took around two hours to view. Enjoyed that a majority of the fish was native fish that I wasn't able to see on snorkel/dive trips. Glad that they refused to house dolphins. If planning on...More

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Thank Josh M
Reviewed 3 days ago

We spend one of our sub par weather days here and was not disappointed. Lots to learn about the local fauna in our ocean and how to care for them. Great for adults as well as kids!

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Thx for everyone in the wonderful place. I would like to suggest my friends go visiting once they have vacation in Hawaii.

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Thank tzulunl
Reviewed 3 days ago

Very nice aquarium, targeted toward marine life in Hawaii. Spent about 4 hours there, saw movie about whales. The shark/ray tunnel was especially fun.

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Thank Melissa G
Reviewed 3 days ago

Take time to see the shows and feedings. This is a great place to be amazed by the wonderful nature that surrounds us.

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Do I need to make a reservation to visit and see the exhibitions?
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.
How long should a family of 5 (including kids) plan to be at the aquarium? I'm sure it different for everyone but just a general idea would be helpful.
3 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.
Are there any discount coupons available anywhere? Or group discounts (5 adults and 3 children)?
13 April 2017|
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Response from MauiOceanCenter | Property representative |
Aloha Hammer73! Thank you for your interest in the Maui Ocean Center! At this time, we do not have any discount coupons or packages for your group size, however, we do offer a 10% discount for AAA members. There are often... More