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Maui Ocean Center

Address: 192 Ma'alaea Rd, Hwy 30, Ma'alaea Harbor, Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793
Phone Number: 808-270-7000
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Ranked #2 of 15 Attractions in Wailuku
Activities: Fishing
Owner description: Maui Ocean Center, Top-Rated Attraction in Hawai'i*, provides an up...
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Activities: Fishing
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Saint Paul, Minnesota
5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

We visited with our 18-month old in January 2015 and had a blast. This place was a lifesaver because we had a hard time finding activities in Maui that are suitable for small children. The price tag for admission is a little steep at about $25/person but we killed two hours there and loved the exhibits. I won't go through... More 

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Battle Creek, Michigan
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Our daughter is interested in marine biology so we had to stop here. It is a wonderful aquarium full or great information and knowledgable staff. We took the "behind the scenes" tour. She got to feed the sea turtles, hammerhead shark and touch jellyfish! (I might have been more excited about the jellyfish.) The staff was entertaining and shared their... More 

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Asheville, NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

The facility is older and a bit dated. HOWEVER, the ocean fish are so incredibly fascinating! Such strange and unusual creatures. Mesmerizing jellyfish. Huge manta ray. The sea horses are the most interesting things! Nice rainy day outing.

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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

We visited this after a diving with Maui Diving Scuba a Center. We thought this ocean center is the biggest and best in Hawaii, especially compared with Waikiki Aquarium. We see several big predators as well as jelly and coral reef. Of course, the variety here is not much compared to Monterey, however as I stated, best in Hawaiin Islands!

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Cleburne, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

My husband and I went on a Sunday in December. We found the areas to be very educational with a lot of interesting facts and details about the displays and showcases. The large aquarium with all the sea life swimming together and over your head made you feel like you were in the tanks with them. Be prepared to read... More 

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Washington DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

We were not expecting too much, but were blown away by the extent and variety of exhibits. At times, it was like snorkeling but with greater clarity. We spent 3 hours but could have spent more time. Good for the whole family to enjoy.

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Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

I am definitely an aquarium snob, and have been to some of the best ones in the country. I dragged my husband to Atlanta just to see the whale sharks, thats how much of a nerd I am. The resort staff said we would be done in half an hour, but they were so wrong. It is a great little... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Beautiful aquarium the care about all their fish, and aquatic life in their charge, clean interesting and fun.

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Shingle Springs, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

There was LOTS to see here. Plan on at least 2 hours. Outside, we especially liked the tide pool and turtle area. Inside had Loads of interesting displays. I especially liked the varying ocean levels, jellyfish sharks and the tunnel. Great interactive whale activities, but would have liked more throughout the aquarium. Our main objection was that we found our... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We went to the Ocean centre after spending a very informative hour long talk on Marine Life at Makena. We were very impressed with our educator Marina, learned many things in one short hour, and enjoyed her talk immensely. So much so, that off to the Maui Ocean Centre we went! Thank you Marina, we are glad you are part... More 

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