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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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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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A cool place to be on a hot day

A nice place to enjoy the ocean creatures, especially if getting in the water doesn't appeal to you. The sea creatures are beautiful and the displays provide plenty of information... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Keaau, Hawaii
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Keaau, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

A nice place to enjoy the ocean creatures, especially if getting in the water doesn't appeal to you. The sea creatures are beautiful and the displays provide plenty of information if you choose to bypass the walking tour headsets.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The saving grace for this was that it is mostly indoors which is great on a hot day when you are sunburned! Some exhibits were interactive-which is great for the kids.

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Hewlett, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We decided to come to the aquarium because of the rain one day and needed an indoor activity. We pulled up in the rain to a line approx. 40-50 deep and what looked like a 15-20 minute wait just to get in. I noticed a window that said pre paid reservation pick up. I whipped out my smart phone, bought... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Our family of 5 really enjoyed this aquarium. We did this the last day of our stay in Maui. There were so many interesting fish that we have never seen at any other aquariums.

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Prescott, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

The ocean center offers a wonderful introduction to the sea. from growing the reefs to all the sea creatures that survive in and around them

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Gridley, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

This is yet an other place I visit every time I come to Maui. Never knew so many creatures made their home in the ocean, just amazing and the colors are so vivid. When you are there you seem to forget about time as you take it all in. And of course, the gift shop at the end is extremely... More 

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St. Albert, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

A great introduction to the corals and marine life in Maui for anyone who is going snorkeling - or not. Not only are the collections and exhibits excellent, staff is ever-present and knowledgeable and very happy to explain things and answer any questions. As well, written explanations and interactive exhibits are excellent. Most exciting is the shark tank - be... More 

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yakima wa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

this is awesome, and good for all ages. we really enjoyed the trip, so many beautiful fish, and things about them explained. you can take as long as you like and really learn alot. good for the young ones, but also for the older ones. when on maui, give it a look...so very worth it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

This is definitely a nice way to spend some time out of the sun! The fish were beautiful and the shark tank was cool! The turtles were a nice touch too!

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Had some time before going to the airport and it fit the bill. If you are a Kaimaina or AAA member you get a discount. The manta rays in the tunnel were fascinating where they are right against the glass and you can see their under side and mouths. The sea horses were cute and many little peek a boo... More 

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