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Maui Ocean Center

192 Ma'alaea Rd, Hwy 30, Ma'alaea Harbor, Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793
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Ranked #1 of 10 Attractions in Wailuku
Activities: Fishing
Owner description: Maui Ocean Center, Top-Rated Attraction in Hawai'i*, provides an up...
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Activities: Fishing
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

Granted the last 2-3 times I was there were for private evening Christmas Parties but it has always been a fabulous venue. The displays relate to the Hawaiian reef and environment, including the Humpback Whales. I especially love just sitting and watching the jellyfish exhibit. I guess I mostly enjoy sharing the work I do every day as a dive... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Although it is not a huge facility, it is particularly interesting. Be sure to get the audio guide. It provides a fantastic amount of information in addition to the posted boards. You really come away from the facility with a great understanding of the local sea life.

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Makawao, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed our visit. Exhibits were very well done. The setting was lovely. There were indoor and outdoor exhibits. It was entertaining and informative.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

The point if this facility is to release the fish back into the wild . The day we were there they were weighing and measuring the huge turtles to keep track of their health. I was pleased that there was so many staff members out and about and available for us to talk to. The tube that you walk through... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed this aquarium. The site is smaller than others that we have visited but has a very good selection of exhibits and tanks. Exhibits, grounds and washrooms were clean and well looked after. Staff were friendly and helpful. We also rented the audio tours which filled in a lot of extra information not provided on the signs at each... More 

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Springfield, Il
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

This was my second visit to the aquarium. Even though it is fairly small, I would recommend a stop here. It is really packed with fabulous finds. I got a great deal if you bought one day you could return for free for 7 days on the internet. It was great to go back whenever I was on that part... More 

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Sidney, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

The attraction features all aspects of Hawaii marine life with a variety of good well presented exhibits - a tide pool, a turtle lagoon, tropical fish and coral in a "living reef", jellyfish, etc. The major exhibit is a 750,000 gallon tank with a tunnel running through it so that you are surrounded by tropical fish of all kinds including... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Booked online and received a weeks admission pass for price of a day. We did not think it was to expensive as the facility was very clean and creatures very well cared for. Staff was courteous and they had a large gift shop with a huge selection. We also rented the digital media players and they were very informative. We... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

On the way to dropping your rental car before your flight. Had driven past many times without stopping as it appears "small" from the road. This time we stopped and were glad. It is kind of like a "boutique" aquarium. However, it is very well done and informative. Staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. We spent about 90 minutes there.... More 

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Binghamton, New York, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

I was really disappointed in Maui's Ocean Center. I was expecting a larger facility as compared to other highly traveled destinations. Some of the features were closed and there was alot more information centers than exhibits which was the most disappointing part. I want to see different ocean/sea life not read about them. It's like $25 per person and that's... More 

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