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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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Activities: Fishing
Description: Maui Ocean Center, Top-Rated Attraction in Hawai'i*, provides an up close...
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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Sharks Up Close and Personal

We saw the Maui Ocean Center while out for a drive. After spending $78 for 1 senior, 1 adult and 1 10 yr old, I think in retrospect looking for discount coupons might have made a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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Brimfield, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

We saw the Maui Ocean Center while out for a drive. After spending $78 for 1 senior, 1 adult and 1 10 yr old, I think in retrospect looking for discount coupons might have made a nice difference on the entrance fee. The couple ahead of us were lamenting that they had a receipt with a discount that was in... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

We had time to kill before heading to the airport for a late night flight. Thought a couple of hours wandering the aquarium would be fun. Almost $100 for family of four. They suggest allowing for minimum of two hours for a visit-we made it around all the exhibits in an hour. That was with lingering at the jellyfish and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

It's not a big aquarium by any means but it packs a lot in for the size. The experience was very informative about the ancient Hawaiians and the sea creatures themselves. The underwater tank is an awesome experience. Looking above at sharks and manta rays was a pretty thrilling experience. I would go again.

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Kihei, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Aloha All, When visiting the beautiful island of Maui, I highly recommend that you visit the Maui Ocean Center. The Maui Ocean Center has always been one of my favorite attractions on Maui. I enjoy the exhibits. I highly recommend that you visit during feeding time. I find the presentation very informational about the different fish & sharks. Maui Ocean... More 

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Wailuku, Hawaii
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

My Granddaughter was disappointed when she found out there were no dolphins at this aquarium. In my opinion admission, snacks and photos where over priced considering what they had to offer. I live here on maui and when company comes to visit we skip this attraction.

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Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

It's a bit expensive and the cost doesn't justify the size of the park. The bathrooms were smelly and unsanitary. It was short but informative. Staff in general were very friendly except for one which I will mention later. We ate at the restaurant hat is located within the park. The food was just okay. I had the Teriyaki chicken... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Took my parents to Maui Ocean Center on a rainy day, we were not disappointed! We found it so interesting, and the docents working there were very informative, answered many questions for the visitors that were there. The tide pool is very cool, but I think the biggest hit was walking under the mammoth sting rays and sharks in the... More 

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Victoria Capital Regional District, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

You and your family can spend hours exploring the undersea world, amazing tanks filled with sharks, tropical fish and all sorts of splendid sea creatures. A must see for everyone visiting Maui

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San Tan Valley, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Was expecting a bit more from an aquarium in Maui - like a larger tank with Sharks, or even an dolphin exhibit. But what they had was very informative and kept our family engaged. Definitely worth a visit if you haven't been there.

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Elk Grove, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed all of the exhibits, especially the "hands-on" events, such as the "tide-pool" where you could reach in and touch starfish. The gift shop had a great assortment of many different types of items. We have nothing negative to say about anything we saw. However, with that said, I am only able rate this attraction a 3 out of... More 

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Address: Address: 192 Ma'alaea Rd, Hwy 30, Ma'alaea Harbor, Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793
Phone Number: 808-270-7000
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Maui  >  Wailuku
Open Hours:
Sunday 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

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