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Maui Ocean Center

192 Ma'alaea Rd, Hwy 30, Ma'alaea Harbor, Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793
808-270-7000
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Ranked #2 of 17 Attractions in Wailuku
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Type: Aquariums
Activities: Fishing
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... more » 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. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We went in the morning and it was quite fun, if a little small. We got to see them feeding the turtles and a shark feeding/dive. It was nice.

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Lebam, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

I love anything that has to do with marine life. This place was great the people that worked the were nice. I loved the sea turtle's and the shark tank wow! they had very large rays, sharks, and fish in the tank I loved the rays they even had a tiger shark in there it didn't want its picture taken... More

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Interesting and educational display of varied species of fish. There is also a clear tunnel to walk through where the fish swim on each side and overhead. The aquarium is located in a pleasant location and after visiting the numerous displays, it is enjoyable to sit outside and view the ocean. There is a restaurant on the premises and a... More

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Bucks County PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

Very nice layout of this aquarium attraction. We felt it a bit overpriced.Very family friendly. Good variety of beautiful aquatic displays. Very educational friendly staff and volunteers. Complete facility with food, outdoor seating, restrooms and and big beautiful gift shop. Something for everyone. They are building a new outside display for sharks as well as having a turtle area and... More

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Sydney, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Really enjoyed this site. Audio guides purchased to give more detailed information. Some interactive features did not work but did not detract from enjoying the experience. The staff were knowledgeable. Would recommend $25 pp

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Ashburn, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

They have people giving talks throughout the day. they only feed the sharks at 11:15 and 3:15 so if that's what you want to see, plan accordingly. The restuarant (not the cafe) stops seating at 2:30 PM which was a surprise since the aquarium is open till 5 PM, so we weren't able to try it. a great display of... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Great activity for preschoolers. They loved getting up close with the sharks and hands on in the rock pools!

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Reynoldsburg, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Is a nice place to visit especially if you're like me and you're free to get in the water and snorkel in the deep end to get a look at the marine life of Hawaii. What makes it really nice is you don't have to walk forever to get from exhibit to exhibit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Good day out for the family and kids. Best way to see Hawaii marine life up close with lots of cool things to see. Excellent gift shop

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 via mobile

I think pretty close to being worth the admission price. Maybe $15would be more appropriate. Overall not too bad, nice and cool and the walk through tunnel under rays is pretty cool. As others have posted, nice size gift shop, just a little pricey as to be expected. Would I recommend, yes if you don't have something else you'd rather... More

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