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Address: 192 Ma'alaea Rd, Hwy 30, Ma'alaea Harbor, Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793
Phone Number: 808-270-7000
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Maui Ocean Center, Top-Rated Attraction in Hawai'i*, provides an up...

Maui Ocean Center, Top-Rated Attraction in Hawai'i*, provides an up close view of Hawaiian Marine Life without getting wet! Maui Ocean Center, the Hawaiian Aquarium, is a great activity during any vacation to Maui, whether a family vacation, a romantic honeymoon, a relaxing retreat or an adventurous tour. Maui Ocean Center complements many of Maui's most popular activities, including snorkel trips and whale watches.

About Maui Ocean Center

Coral World International opened Maui Ocean Center, the largest tropical aquarium in the western hemisphere, in 1998. Since then, Maui Ocean Center has drawn thousands of visitors of all ages from around the globe to discover Hawaii's undersea world in a captivating and educational setting. Aptly termed "The Hawaiian Aquarium", this 3-acre marine park faithfully replicates the natural ocean ecosystem, where visitors encounter only animals that occur in Hawaii; many of which are found nowhere else in the world! Featuring the largest collection of live corals in the nation, and over 60 exhibits, including interpretive displays, outdoor touch pools and a 750,000-gallon Open Ocean exhibit with 240-degree view acrylic tunnel, the marine park is designed to help visitors develop an understanding and appreciation of Hawaii's marine environment.

Our Mission

With the mission to foster an understanding, wonder and respect for Hawaii's marine life, all animals at Maui Ocean Center are meticulously collected and cared for by an expert team of marine biologists, divers and aquarists. Collection is conducted under strict permits with the Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Aquatic Resources and under the guidance of Hawaiian cultural adviser, Kahu (caretaker) Dane Maxwell.

Maui Ocean Center is respectfully in compliance with a County of Maui ordinance prohibiting the exhibit of cetaceans (whales and dolphins). Discover these fascinating mammals, along with monk seals through interpretive displays in the Marine Mammal Discovery Center.

Hawaiian Cultural Heritage

Dedicated to perpetuating and sharing the island's host culture, Maui Ocean Center maintains a close relationship with Hawaiian practitioners in the community. With the guidance of Kahu Dane Maxwell, the Aquarium integrates Hawaiian culture in presentations, exhibits, special events, and also in the marine park's standard of operations and service. Kahu Dane Maxwell presides over blessings of important functions and facilities, as well as blessings of marine animals such as the honu (Hawaiian green sea turtle) or mano (shark).

The "Hawaiians and the Sea" exhibit remains one of the highlights of the facility. Various cultural advisers and members of the community have contributed to the exhibit so that visitors may better understand the intimate relationship between the Hawaiian people and the sea. The collective result is a unique learning experience and a delightful immersion into Hawaii's rich cultural history.

Coral World International

Coral World International (link to Coral World Int'l page) was founded in the mid 1970's by entrepreneur and ocean enthusiast Benjamin Kahn and world renowned reef biologist David Fridman. Coral World's tropical displays are recognized as the most beautiful in the world. The company specializes in creating ecologically friendly tropical life systems in symbiotic environments. These systems are planned with an eye to accuracy and detail, and are carefully designed to ensure the perfect combination of fascination, aesthetics, conservation and education.

The Coral World International group currently owns three other aquariums around the world:

The Underwater Observatory - Eilat, Israel

Palma Aquarium - Palma de Mallorca, Spain

AQWA - Perth, Australia.

In 2008, Benjamin Kahn, President of Coral World International was awarded the "Hero of the Environment" in recognition of his environmental efforts by Time Magazine.

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Went as a family, and the kids loved all the exhibits. It was very expensive given that with small children we only spent two hours there. Good option for a rainy day. Gift shop... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Went as a family, and the kids loved all the exhibits. It was very expensive given that with small children we only spent two hours there. Good option for a rainy day. Gift shop available as is food, but again both were expensive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The aquarium is something we never get tired of. It is educational as well as a fun day out. The highlight of my trip to the aquarium is the shark tube.......very nice gift shop and if you look closely there are tee shirts and Christmas items reduced in price as well. If it is a rainy day and no one... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A great attraction to spend a few hours on a rainy day. The exhibits are visually impressive for kids and informative for older kids and parents. Preservation of a sustainable marine environment is a message, and the connected stories these exhibits present make a convincing case. Good restaurant and extensive in-theme shop. Well worth a visit

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here on Sunday morning, is a great way to spend your day. They have great exhibits, we saw all kinds of fish, we saw them feed the turtles, we saw a shark feeding, a diver get in the tank and explains all about the fish. Had a great time. Kids will definitely enjoy.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had an upgraded ticket so went twice. Loved the displays of all the colourful tropical fish, the shark tank show, feeding of turtles. Take advantage of listening to the naturalists, they have very interesting info to share.

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Tartu, Estonia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting and beautiful place, specially the glass-tunnel part where You can watch the sea life closely. But be sure to have a full day to spend there.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed our stop here. The shark tunnel was impressive and the kids enjoyed the scuba diver presentation. There's a couple of other small exhibits but not much else. We didn't have any food so I can't comment on that. The admission was a tad expensive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Haven't had that much expectations, but it turned out to be a really really good and interessting place to spend up to 2 hours. Expecially the shark tank was amazing as you normally don't see them during most snorkeling activities :-) Price with $25 is just fair for an adult. I'd recommend to pay it a visit, it's worth it

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Maui the first week of November and didn't know they had an aquarium until we got there. We decided to visit there mid-week and were greatly and pleasantly surprised. The facility is educational, well laid out, and a good value for the price. The entire facility was exceptionally clean and well-maintained. All of the staff members that we... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice place to walk around with the family. The fish are beautiful. We were able to watch them feed the Sharks, fish and sting rays. Very cool experience

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