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“Nice, quick aquarium visit” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Maui Ocean Center

Maui Ocean Center
192 Maalaea Rd, Ste B, Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793
(808) 270-7000
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Ranked #10 of 75 Restaurants in Wailuku
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California
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4 restaurant reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Nice, quick aquarium visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The Maui Ocean Center is a smaller aquarium so we went through the entire thing in two hours. My teenaged kids remembered it from years ago so they wanted to see it again. We were very happy with the exhibits. We learned a lot about the fish that we were seeing while snorkeling, so that was fun. We loved the turtles and baby hammerheads. But the most exciting part for us was the largest tank with the bigger fish, rays, and sharks. We sat on the bench watching in awe. One of the workers, a diver and I'm assuming a biologist, talked with us for a long period of time explaining the differences between sharks and teaching us fun facts about all of the inhabitants. We were very grateful for the time he spent talking and answering our questions. My daughter has been a shark enthusiast since she was 3 and this was a highlight of our trip. The gift shop was huge and we bought the majority of our souvenirs there. One stop shopping! We recommend visiting and will probably go again.

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Sarasota, Florida
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Overpriced and Underwhelming”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Trip Advisor has this facility classified in the restaurant category. It is an aquarium. The entry fee is steep, and the exhibits are not especially well done. The glass to most tanks are not very clean, so the views are distorted. A number of the viewing sites were dark, with explanation. Having been to many aquariums in other locales our honest impression was that this one was amateurish, at best. Don't waste your money here.

Visited July 2014
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Osseo, Wisconsin
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45 restaurant reviews
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Good, not great”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

There was nothing wrong with this restaurant, nor was there anything particularly outstanding about it. The mahi mahi was good, but not the best I had during the trip. The portions were OK, neither remarkably large nor disappointingly small. The service, too, was average. We were initially turned away because the restaurant was expecting a large group and most of the tables were reserved, and when we came back later it was getting close to their mid-afternoon closing time and I had the impression that the sooner we left, the better the staff would like it. We did have a nice table with a view of the harbor, a definite plus, and I like the idea that the profits from our meal help support the work of the Ocean Center.

Visited May 2014
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Winnipeg, Canada
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“Very short, average aquarium”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014 via mobile

Fairly short, I only took about an hour and a half to go through the whole thing, and that was with stopping at all of the spots for at least a couple of minutes, sometimes far long. Basically what you'd expect from an aquarium overall, nothing special. At the end, they do however print out photos of you that they took at the start to try and guilt you into buying them since they already printed them out.

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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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4 restaurant reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Lots of fun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Love the touch pool, huge gift shop, kids of ages will enjoy it. Something fun to do for a break from the sun.

Visited June 2014
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