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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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It was a rainy afternoon and being from Mass we like to checkout other aquariums. Definitely a,must see for little ones, and adults too. Alot to look at and experience. My... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 6, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015 NEW

It was a rainy afternoon and being from Mass we like to checkout other aquariums. Definitely a,must see for little ones, and adults too. Alot to look at and experience. My little guy enjoyed it and I enjoyed the part where you can,touch some of the sea creatures. He loved the turtles and being able to overlook the marina Definitely... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015 NEW

Windy and raining so we decided to do the aquarium. It was nice and informative. I've never been snorkeling, but this made we want to try!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 NEW

If you are into seeing fish, sea turtles, and sharks, then this is the place for you. This place is mostly outdoors except for a couple of places. The sea turtles are my favorite. They have a few new ones that you can see in their own tank. Then when you walk inside the huge sharks mouth is the shark... More 

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San Clemente, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 NEW

Small aquarium with very nice attendants. Kids will love this place. We strolled around and looked at the exhibits and bought a few things in the gift store. We would probably not go back a second time unless they were having a special exhibit or event.

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Keaau, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 NEW

Great discount for locals: If you are Kamaaina show your ID for tickets, gits and buying food. I spent 4 hours just having fun enjoying the underwater scenery. It is not a big aquarium, but it is our Hawaii aquarium with critters and fish that live in the Hawaiian Islands. I caught the show where they talked about the open... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 NEW

Very informative and fun, the Maui Ocean Center is a great place to take the kids. There aren't a whole lot of attractions on Maui which are suitable for very small children (toddlers or young children who can't swim) so this was a perfect place for us to take our child. It was a bit smaller than I expected and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 NEW

We heard this aquarium was awesome and we were a little disappointed to see it wasn't very big. Otherwise it was fun just the back half had more reading and button pushing things not much in the way of exhibits. Seeing the turtles was cool and also the tide pool you could touch a few things. It was annoying we... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015 NEW

Not one of the best aquariums we have been to but still enjoyable. We expected it to be a little bit bigger than it was. Our favorite part was the shark and stingray exhibit. We spent a lot of time here just watching them swim all around us. It took us about 2 hours to walk thru. It's a go... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015 NEW

We'd heard much about this place and were excited to visit. We agree with their environmental ethics and support their mission. The aquarium itself is quite small compared to those in major mainland cities. There is a lot of good information, but many of the interactive exhibits had burned out or missing lights, so the exhibits were useless. This was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed our visit here. We don't like to snorkel so this was next best thing. Besides all the pretty fish you would see if you snorkel you also got to see sharks in a walk-through tunnel. We were there when a diver was in the big tank and gave educational talk. We really enjoyed seeing sea-horses and the... More 

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