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Address: 192 Ma'alaea Rd, Hwy 30, Ma'alaea Harbor, Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793
Phone Number: 808-270-7000
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Great Aquarium

The Aquarium is worth the entrance fee. It is one of the smaller aquariums I've visited but very well done. I loved the HUGE shark tanks and walking thru the glass tunnel... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Missouri City, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We were sunburnt and looking for something to do for an afternoon out of the sun. It's a small aquarium. I think we walked through it in an hour. It's expensive but most aquariums are. There are quite a few displays that are being updated. It's tiny but it was interesting. There are plenty of opportunities to watch the animals/fish... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

The Aquarium is worth the entrance fee. It is one of the smaller aquariums I've visited but very well done. I loved the HUGE shark tanks and walking thru the glass tunnel. Definitely stay for the scuba diver show with the sharks. Very well done. If you dive you can inquire (ahead of time of course) to actually dive with... More 

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Puyallup, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We stopped in to see a nice presentation of the Sea Life around Maui. When we entered, after paying approx $25 per Adult, the presentation was more for children. There was more of the same fish/reef setups all in different display cases. There was very limited hands on, more pictures instead of the real things, some displays were empty or... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Our admission fee was part of our larger tour, not sure if we would have done it separately. We toured the exhibits, checked out the gift shop but found items to be very pricey, I found similar items later in the day at other attractions for much less. We spent the rest of our time there sharing some expensive ice... More 

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Shelton, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

I would not say that this is a must see. It was a nice facility and the exhibits we nice, but it was small and not a lot see for the price.

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

awesome and very informative aquarium.. great for families and can easily spend a day here.. great show put on by scuba divers as well

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Bowsman, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

When we bought our ticket to visit the Maui Ocean Center, we upgraded to a week pass. That was a very worthwhile investment. The staff are friendly and helpful and the displays are very well set up. The presentation by the staff member in the shark tank was a little kitschy, but it was informative not the less.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

After a hectic week of fun we were looking for some quiet time. We chose the Ocean Center. Very calming and a lot of learning about the fish, coral and waters around the islands.

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Bay Area, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Visited the Center and they have friendly, knowledgable staff and some great displays. I am spoiled because I live in the San Francisco Bay Area & Monterey is a short trip and the Aquarium is amazing there. This has a great coral and sea display but information only on some of the areas local sea life. The Hammerhead display was... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

This is a great family experience, but not a must-see. You can see most of this at local aquariums, but not with the Maui twist. There is some great local information, but the nearby shops are the bigger attraction for most. In fact the nearby (well hidden) Haycraft beach is a better (and free) gem!

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