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Address: 192 Ma'alaea Rd, Hwy 30, Ma'alaea Harbor, Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793
Phone Number: 18082707000
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 am
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Discover, experience, and explore Hawaii's underwater world at Maui Ocean...

Discover, experience, and explore Hawaii's underwater world at Maui Ocean Center. Named Top 25 Best Aquariums in the U.S. by TripAdvisor, the Aquarium features over 60 exhibits with sharks, turtles, stingrays and thousands of vibrant tropical fish. The Aquarium is home to the world's largest collection of live Pacific corals, faithfully replicating thriving marine ecosystems in every exhibit. Journey from the shallow reef to the open ocean and encounter marine life found nowhere else in the world. A mix of indoor-outdoor exhibits, behind-the-scenes tours, and interactive presentations allow guests to conveniently discover Hawaii's marine life in a single day that would otherwise take a lifetime of exploration to see. Explore the diversity of Hawaii's marine world without ever getting wet in breathtaking exhibits like the 750,000-gallon Open Ocean Exhibit featuring a 54ft walkthrough tunnel. Amply named The Hawaiian Aquarium, Maui Ocean Center is dedicated to perpetuating the Hawaiian culture and the relationship that exists between the Hawaiian people and the sea. Enhance your experience with Maui's only shark diving activity, dining at Seascape Ma'alaea Restaurant, shopping at Maui Ocean Treasures, or book a special event at Maui's most unique venue. Round-trip shuttle transportation is available as an add-on service, visit our website or call for details. Enjoy a distinctively Maui experience at Hawaii's premier Aquarium. Open daily 9am-5pm (including all holidays).

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$27*
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$149*
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Great place to spend the day!!

We went to the Maui Ocean Centre around 10 and didn't leave until 3 and enjoyed every minute of it! Take your time as the centre is nicely laid out with a ton of information. They... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We went to the Maui Ocean Centre around 10 and didn't leave until 3 and enjoyed every minute of it! Take your time as the centre is nicely laid out with a ton of information. They don't hold any whales or dolphins so if you want to see those, simply stand on the beach and look west; you'll be sure... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is such a great place to explore the sea life here in Maui. It is a very clean and well laid out aquarium. We enjoyed watching the turtles, the nice big tunnel of sharks and other very pretty fish.

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Boston
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is the best aquarium we've ever been to. The audio guides and displays have just the right amount of information to keep kids engaged and adults interested. All of the fish at the aquarium are eventually returned to the wild. They do not have mammals, by design. The most fun part is the walk-through tunnel where you can see... More 

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Bethel, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The displays of sea life were amazing. We were educated about coral reefs, sea flora and fauna, the interrelatedness of all these things. We spent well more than an hour browsing both indoors and out. We would recommend this for people of all ages, and most especially for families with children, for the children will be future caretakers of our... More 

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Alberta, Canada
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75 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My fiancé and I enjoyed the Ocean Center. He absolutely loved it. We spent about 3 hours but could have spent more if we had taken in the informative talks that the staff present. I love the idea of the Ocean Center. They only have species that are found in Hawaiian waters and use wild caught specimens. Nothing is captivity... More 

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Spokane, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I had a free day, so thought it would be nice to visit the aquarium. I've been to some pretty spectacular aquariums, and this was not one of those. It was nice, but only just nice. Not great. If you have nothing better to do, check it out.

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Thank daniel1948x
Annapolis, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I'm an aquarium snob - being a frequent visitor to the National Aquarium in Baltimore....but this small aquarium was amazing in the diversity of the creatures it had to see. It is even more impressive for the way they get and release the fish. My 20-28 yr old kids loved the behind the scenes "Fins & Flipper" tour. They had... More 

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Thank Lisa E
Greeley, Pennsylvania, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Shell fish , whale bones, purpose bones turtle bones and many many photos on display given tour and explained tous the hazards the marine life endure. Fishing lines, plastic bottles and etc they ingest. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Doing a review for August 2015. Went on a humid day and needed to get some AC, plus it was hurricane galore...too risky to get in quite a few beaches. Spent about $30 or so for two people: My wife and I are from Boston and have been to a few aquariums, but many I've seen are mediocre to poor.... More 

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Thank Jay D
Alberta
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited the aquarium on the last day of our trip since we didn't want to be all sandy for the long plane ride home. It was definitely a hit for the entire group. After reading reviews, I was not expecting much but was pleasantly surprised. We spent 5 hours there and probably could have stayed longer. We were with... More 

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