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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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US$81.95*
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among the best aquariums I've seen but is pricey; still worth it, however, if you love fish and nature

For 2 senior citizens plus one audio guide, our bill for admission came to around $55. Since we only stayed around an hour that is pretty expensive. But, I think you do get what... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Ballwin, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

For 2 senior citizens plus one audio guide, our bill for admission came to around $55. Since we only stayed around an hour that is pretty expensive. But, I think you do get what you pay for here. They have a number of separate tanks and/or viewing spaces so they break it down in a way that you can actually... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Thus was an expensive day trip. Actually two hours is all you need. $82 for 2 adults and a 4 year old to get in. Too much. The shark tank presentation was good.  The diver, Jim, was very  knowledgeable.  Mason, the other diver fed the fish and did a good job. The marine biologist was very knowledgeable as well. The... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent a few hours here. Their speakers are awesome and knowledgeable and the schedule of talks is convenient. The fish, turtles, coral, sharks, rays, etc. in this aquarium are a wonderful representation of what is found off the beaches of Maui. We actually learned a few things too!

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Idaho Falls, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Ocean Center is fun for all ages as well as very informative. The big tank with the tunnel is so cool. The wide variety of sea life is awesome. Everything from Sea turtles to Sharks. The week long pass makes it easy to fill in blank spots of your schedule. Especially while the weaklings nap.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

There was so much to see and read about! I especially loved the ride pool where I was able to touch different types of starfish and sea cucumbers. The baby sea turtles were adorable as well. Definitely a must see if you like nerding out over sea life like I do.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

What a wonderful place. The place is beautiful and the walk through aquarium is fantastic. Love it when the rays drape themselves over the passage and their gills look like smiley faces. Run, go see it!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you would like to take a break from the sun, this would be a great choice. There are a variety of exhibits featuring many categories of sea creatures, from sponges up to sharks, green turtles, and whales. There are good write ups at each station, or you can purchase an audio aid for $3. Both are informative. There are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Fantastic. Very nice and frienfly staff. Swimming with sharks was awesome! The rest of the park...especially the coral reef exhibit was done very well!

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Kihei, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Love it every time! Have been here 5 times and always see and learn something new. Did behind the scenes tour this time which was fabulous!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Absolutely amazing place. Give yourself at least 1.5 hours. The tunnel through the gigantic pool is amazing. Not cheap but worth it.

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