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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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Probably the best aquarium I've visited

This was an impressive aquarium. Informative, focussed on native fish. I probably saw every fish there that I encountered while snorkeling at Molokini. Educational and beautiful... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

This was an impressive aquarium. Informative, focussed on native fish. I probably saw every fish there that I encountered while snorkeling at Molokini. Educational and beautiful. Loved seeing the sharks and turtles especially. The hallway "tube" through the aquarium was amazing. Sharks, stingrays, huge fish swimming all around you is quite an experience. Highly recommended for all ages

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Excellent, and educational w/ the professional presentations! I was able to identify all of he fishes I viewed scuba and snorkeling ALL WEEK LONG, from the shallow shores to the reefs below Molokini crater. Excellent program, reminds me of Monterey and it's world renown aquariums/research (first mentioned in John Steinbeck's "Cannery Row.")

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Waianae, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We traveled there with my son and granddaughter. In my opinion, this is the best Ocean center in Hawaii. The staff was great and the exhibits were outstanding. They offer military and local rates as well.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Sea turtles, sharks and great information makes this aquarium beautiful and informative. It goes hand in hand with a snorkeling tour to Molokini crater. Outside pools and inside viewing with air if it's hot out. Great gift shop with tons of local cooking products:)!

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MauiOceanCenter, Manager at Maui Ocean Center, responded to this review

And it sure has been hot out lately! Thanks for visiting us AnthonyL2 and for your stellar 5-bubble review. We agree that it's a great way to see and learn about the animals in the ocean. Plus a rare chance to see animals that are quick to hide from approaching snorkelers or divers - like the garden eels! The recent... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Went to check in at the prepaid line. The customer service lady was helping a group before us but when finished just walked off and did not return for about 10 minutes. No explanation, no apology upon return. In the mean time the other ladies kept helping the other lines and even with eye contact never said a single word... More 

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Maui, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

My wife and I (34 years!!) loved this attraction. Watch them feed turtles... watch them feed sharks and all kinds of species of fish I never knew existed! Fantastic!

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Red Deer, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

The Maui Ocean Center is very nice. I found the price a little steep for what you get. It took us probably around 1 hour to see everything. They had cool Jelly fish display and a fun aquarium filled with shark and other marine animals.

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Hartford, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

The Maui Ocean Center has such a huge collection of aquariums! We saw young sea turtles, beautiful coral, and so many different tropical fish. The self-guided tour is a nice combination of indoor and outdoor exhibits. If you are unable or unsure about snorkeling, this is a great way to see Hawaiian sea life.

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MauiOceanCenter, Manager at Maui Ocean Center, responded to this review

Aloha FlyGir413! Thanks for visiting us all the way from Wisconsin. Hawaii's home to so many species that can't be found anywhere else, so we're glad that you had a chance to see some of them up close while you were here. We love having the young sea turtles here too. If you're ever back in Maui come visit us... More 

Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

The aquarium was something fun to do with the kids. They loved it! Lots of beautiful fish and sea life to see! Loved the shark tunnel!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Nice aquarium, but expected a bit more. Cool shark exhibit with diver in tank and feeding time was neat to watch too.

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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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