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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 16 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. « less
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Gearhart, Oregon
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

You feel like your in the sea. Great place to learn about all the creatures in the sea. The shark exhibit was fantastic. The diver was in the tank with the sharks and gave a get description of shark behavior, etc. She took questions from the audience which made it very personal. This is a wonderful place for the whole... More

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Lahaina, Hawaii
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114 reviews 114 reviews
21 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

Maui Ocean Center is a great location to view and learn about the sea life around Maui. It is interactive in the exhibits which makes for a more personal experience. It's location in Ma'alaea means that it is centrally located to the main areas where visitors stay.

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Rochester, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

The Maui Ocean Center is a great place to visit at any point of your vacation. At first it seemed silly to do something indoors when it is always so beautiful outside, but we are so glad we did! It costs about $25 per person, but it is well worth it. The underwater tunnel makes it so easy to have... More

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Hamilton, Montana
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60 reviews 60 reviews
38 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

If you are about to head home and haven't had any luck with your snorkeling, set your camera on underwater or "through glass" and head for the Maui Ocean Center at Maalea Harbor. It will cost you about $25 a person, but given the prices for everything in Hawaii, I guess that helps pay for the upkeep of the place.... More

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Greenville, SC
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

If you are willing to read, the oceanography content of this place is very high. A tremendous amount of detail about the Hawaiian oceans and reef, the local fish, the history, etc. A relatively small setup, but several very large tanks and the glass viewing tunnel through the shark tank is great. Like most things on Maui, this is pretty... More

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Canton, Ohio
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56 reviews 56 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

$25 per adult is a little steep for such a small facility. It is a great place for the youngsters. Clean with many interactive displays. It was a nice place for two adults to go while waiting out the tropical storm. Best gift shop that even has nice jewelry and local syrups and jams.

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moscow, id
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

You'll be hard pressed to spend more than 1.5 hours here. The exhibits are nice, but few, and done so much better elsewhere-- the aquarium at Newport, OR comes to mind. Young kids will enjoy it a lot, older kids will blow right through it. YMMV. IMO, not worth the admission price.

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Camrose, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

It was cool to get up and personal with the fish. Especially walking through the shark tunnel. I just wish they didn't hound you to buy your picture that they make you take once you buy your ticket

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Mission BC
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We recently visited the ocean center when our excursion on our cruise ship was cancelled. We were expecting a small aquarium in which to kill an hour or two. However, once there we found that this offered way more than we expected. The aquarium is very large compared to others I have visited. It offers a HUGE variety of indigenous... More

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Kihei, Hawaii
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is such a wonderful place! You won't believe the colors of fish. It is a very easy, walkable place. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. Wendy is our favorite. The aquarium shows you what fish you might see from shallow waters to the deep sea. The shark tank is always great. There are about give sting rays, a... More

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