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Address: 192 Ma'alaea Rd, Hwy 30, Ma'alaea Harbor, Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793
Phone Number: 808-270-7000
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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This aquarium is not only very informational, it is lots of fun.The shark tank, turtle exhibit, and "tunnel" were a few favorites. If you tine the trip fight you can get to a live... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
Patrick C
Wailea, Hawaii
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

This was a fun little stop, but was not worth the admission price. It was over $70 for a family of 3. Most of the exhibits towards the end didn't work. My son is 12 and he became bored.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

This aquarium is not only very informational, it is lots of fun.The shark tank, turtle exhibit, and "tunnel" were a few favorites. If you tine the trip fight you can get to a live show in the tank. Also very cool. Worth the money!!! Also fun for kids, sharks, jellyfish, touch tank, and very colorful coral and fish.

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

Went with my baby (7 months) and another family. We all had a great time. Small but good family fun and really great informational segments. There's a man painting on the museum and he is not friendly. We had our child's name painted in the gift shop and he was awesome. I highly recommend him.

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

We went with four kids and three adults. We spent about 2 hours there looking at the ocean creatures and visiting the touch pool. It was a great place for a 2 year old and a 10 year old because of the variety of animals and displays.

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kingsville ontario
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

I'd never visited an aquarium before and I think I now be spoiled by my experience at this one. Everything was great. There are hands on exhibits, where you can touch and feel coral, spiny sea urchins and starfish, there are great places to take photos of underwater life (don't miss the hermit crabs sporting caps of poisonous anemones) and... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

The Ocean Center was okay. I think it is overpriced and they should have a senior rate. I think families with kids would enjoy it more than we did.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

What a spectacular building! We loved the tunnel where we were surrounded by ocean life. Very educational ocean center, loved the unicorn fish! The shop was great, too! We got tees, baseball caps, sweatshirts, and so much more. What a fun day! Lori and Eric, Ann Arbor

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

We always love an aquarium so we decided to visit. It was over $100 USD which is expensive for the size of the aquarium. I would suggest trying to find a discount coupon if you are planning on visiting. Otherwise, it was a nicely laid out aquarium. Not very large. Great to see lots of different types of fish and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Definitely a place to bring children. We had our granddaughters (8 and 2 yr old) and they were entertained and fascinated the entire couple of hours we were there. Good assortment of fish exhibits, history and hands on experiences. Be sure to find out when the demonstrations, story telling, and informational sessions are being presented. You can easily spend a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 via mobile

We had a lot of fun here today. Well worth the price, the highlights were the jelly fish and we also got to see a shark feeding. If you're one interested in reading about the displays you can easily spend hours there. We nearly didn't go because a few reviews mentioned it only took 30 - 45 minutes to go... More 

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