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Maui Ocean Center

192 Ma'alaea Rd, Hwy 30, Ma'alaea Harbor, Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

This is a pretty standard aquarium with a slightly spendy entrance fee ($25 for adults, 18 for kids 12 and under). You will see all you expect to see in an aquarium, bright tropical fish and interesting jellyfish. You will also get to see small hammerhead sharks, turtles of all different sizes and ages (including incredibly adorable babies), large regular... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

world class aquarium for sure, we have been to several aquariums in North America and this one ranks up at the top. There are naturalists on hand to offer insights On the fish, turtles and other specimens.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

This is a really great and surprisingly large marine centre with a great range of marine animals. I recommend purchasing the headset to take around with you as it tells you lots of info about the fishes and marine life. The place has a cafe and a great gift shop too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

I am currently in Maui with my husband, 11 y.o. son, 8 y.o. daughter and my in-laws. We went to MOC Friday morning and absolutely loved it. We paid an additional fee and took a behind the scenes tour that included feeding the baby sea turtles, the sea turtles and the sharks. It was so awesome! The entire aquarium is... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

You can easily spend half a day at the Maui Ocean Center aquarium. It's actually fairly extensive, and highlights include all kinds of local Hawaiian fish (many of which you may also see while snorkeling), a huge and beautiful tank full of sharks and manta rays (including a tunnel where you can experience these creatures swimming all around you); and... More

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Broome, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

We went here as a group of 4 adults, and had an enjoyable time. The two things that stood out to me were that firstly, this aquarium does not keep mammals - horray! No dolphins stuck in tiny pools. They had an informative exhibition on whales/dolphins/seals instead, which I had low expectations for until I came across the whale singing... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

I love the Maui Ocean Center!!! It is a really fantastic place to look at some sea animals, that you have never seen before. For example sea horses. I never have seen sea horses in the ocean, so it is pretty amazing too see what they look like. I do not recommend to come here more than 1-2 times. I... More

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Airdrie, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

So much fun we went twice! The best part was seeing our 6yr old after snorkeling a few times talk about the sea life he'd seen and the names. It's a little pricey, but some of the staff are very knowledgeable and great to chat with.

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Mesa, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

The aquarium is a great place to take the family. Most exhibits were well done. Enough to keep the kids busy for about an hour. Not a huge facility like that in other cities. I would not go again as it was expensive. About 26$ per adult and 19$ for kids is pretty expensive for what you get, especially if... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

The Ocean Center is a wonderful place to bring your children as they will learn a lot. The guides here are full of knowledge and willing to answer any and all questions. We spent two hours and really learned a lot. The tropical fish are beautiful! Don't miss the tiger sharks!

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