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Maui Ocean Center

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Address: 192 Maalaea Rd, Hwy 30, Ma'alaea Harbor, Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793-5931
Phone Number: +1 808 270 7000
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Discover, experience, and explore Hawaii's underwater world at Maui Ocean...

Discover, experience, and explore Hawaii's underwater world at Maui Ocean Center. Named Top 25 Best Aquariums in the U.S. by TripAdvisor, the Aquarium features over 60 exhibits with sharks, turtles, stingrays and thousands of vibrant tropical fish. The Aquarium is home to the world's largest collection of live Pacific corals, faithfully replicating thriving marine ecosystems in every exhibit. Journey from the shallow reef to the open ocean and encounter marine life found nowhere else in the world. A mix of indoor-outdoor exhibits, behind-the-scenes tours, and interactive presentations allow guests to conveniently discover Hawaii's marine life in a single day that would otherwise take a lifetime of exploration to see. Explore the diversity of Hawaii's marine world without ever getting wet in breathtaking exhibits like the 750,000-gallon Open Ocean Exhibit featuring a 54ft walkthrough tunnel. Amply named The Aquarium of Hawaii, Maui Ocean Center is dedicated to perpetuating the Hawaiian culture and the relationship that exists between the Hawaiian people and the sea. Enhance your experience with Maui's only shark diving activity, dining at Seascape Restaurant, shopping at Maui Ocean Treasures, or book a special event at Maui's most unique venue. Enjoy a distinctively Maui experience at Hawaii's premier Aquarium. Open daily 9am-5pm (including all holidays) with extended summer hours, 9am-6pm in July and August.

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$80.81*
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$148.96*
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Maui Aquarium

A multi-day pass was well worth the time and money. Great place to go on a windy afternoon. Lots to see. Helped to identify the fish we were seeing on our snorkeling and dive... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
LarryELee
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Olympia, Washington
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Olympia, Washington
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A multi-day pass was well worth the time and money. Great place to go on a windy afternoon. Lots to see. Helped to identify the fish we were seeing on our snorkeling and dive adventures.

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MauiOceanCenter, Social Media Coordinator at Maui Ocean Center, responded to this review

Aloha LarryELee, Mahalo for your recent visit to Maui Ocean Center. It's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your visit! Your honest review is very valuable to us and we look forward to sea-ing you again! Best fishes, Jessica Lewis More 

Laingsburg, Michigan, United States
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Interesting ocean center on the road between the airport and most popular visitor destinations. Up close look at many type of sea creatures. Note - you will NOT see any whales or dolphins here. Not allowed by Maui0 laws. If you are eligible for a military discount, make sure to ask - you save a bunch!

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MauiOceanCenter, Social Media Coordinator at Maui Ocean Center, responded to this review

Aloha Dave! Thank you for sharing! You taking the time to write a review of our establishment means a lot to us. Thank you for your recommendations as well. Best fishes, Jessica Lewis More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Enjoyed our visit. There were many exhibits with fish that were alert. ( perhaps because they periodically release them and catch new 'representatives') Outside they had a guitarist singing Hawaiian tunes and inside there were also Hawaiian artisans selling Maui made items. Got our tickets through Expedia at a 2 for one price😊

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MauiOceanCenter, Social Media Coordinator at Maui Ocean Center, responded to this review

Aloha Yolanda, Thank you for sharing your experience at Maui Ocean Center and taking the time to write a review - it means a lot to us. Thank you for your recommendations as well! Hope to SEA you again soon! Best fishes, Jessica Lewis More 

Hana, Hawaii
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99 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a great marine center designed right where it all occurs! The Hawaiian islands are all about the sun, the beach and the ocean. Why just look at the surface of the ocean from the beach when you can discover a whole new world beneath! The exhibits are excellent, and the fish and creatures found here are amazing! Focus... More 

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MauiOceanCenter, Social Media Coordinator at Maui Ocean Center, responded to this review

Aloha MauiSteve96713, Thank you for visiting Maui Ocean Center and taking the time to write a review about your experience - we hope to SEA you again soon! Best fishes, Jessica Lewis More 

Phoenix, Arizona
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

During our trip to Maui we weren't in the mood to get wet and salty snorkeling, so we chose to see beautiful marine life by visiting the island aquarium. It was very interesting and we had a great time!

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MauiOceanCenter, Social Media Coordinator at Maui Ocean Center, responded to this review

Aloha keliki2016, Mahalo for your recent visit to Maui Ocean Center. It's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your visit! Your honest review is very valuable to us and we look forward to sea-ing you again! Best fishes, Jessica Lewis More 

Alberta, Canada
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I am not sure how people can't rate this place 5 stars. It's excellent. Very educational and decent value. The place has great exhibits and the staff really try to explain everything and answer all questions. Far better than I expected. Other than some examples of poor parenting where terrible parents let their children run wild, a great experience. Really... More 

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MauiOceanCenter, Social Media Coordinator at Maui Ocean Center, responded to this review

Aloha Slidebite, Mahalo for your recent visit to Maui Ocean Center. It's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your visit! Your honest review is very valuable to us and we look forward to sea-ing you again! Best fishes, Jessica Lewis More 

Colorado Springs, Colorado
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved going to the behind the scenes tour (Wendy and Jim were friendly and awesome to have the experience with). Also, the Maui Ocean Center was very clean, organized, and I loved the layout (some parts inside, other parts outside: I recommend going to all of the presentations, they start at 11 and the last one is at 3.... More 

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MauiOceanCenter, Social Media Coordinator at Maui Ocean Center, responded to this review

Aloha coran_amanda, Thank you for sharing! You taking the time to write a review of our establishment means a lot to us. Thank you for your recommendations as well. Best fishes, Jessica Lewis More 

East Patchogue
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes, it's a bit pricey for a 1-tank dive, but in my opinion it was well worth it. I've seen sharks while diving, but never got to spend more than a minute with them. Spending so much time with them up close was amazing. They also had a few rays and gigantic jacks the day I went. Harry was our... More 

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MauiOceanCenter, Social Media Coordinator at Maui Ocean Center, responded to this review

Aloha hml3014, Thank you for sharing your Shark Dive Maui experience - we're so happy to hear that you had a great time! We hope to SEA you again! Best fishes, Jessica Lewis More 

Huntsville, Alabama
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106 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We bought our aquarium tickets from the concierge and got a 1 week instead of 1 day pass. Come here before and after your snorkel tour. The visitor guide/map opens up to name the different kinds of fish. The staff at Maui Ocean Center was very pleasant and informative. Questions are encouraged. The fish are all from the area around... More 

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MauiOceanCenter, Social Media Coordinator at Maui Ocean Center, responded to this review

Aloha Schep2014, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your wonderful experience here at the Maui Ocean Center! While we do collect our fish from local waters, they are not micro-chipped. While it is possible to microchip fish, we only implant P.I.T. tags in the honu (turtles) just in case they potentially return to haul out or... More 

Caro, MI
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80 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a very interesting place to visit. The exhibits are educational and give you a nice idea of the ocean life. Great for young kids. We really enjoyed the place and will be back the next time we are on Maui.

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MauiOceanCenter, Social Media Coordinator at Maui Ocean Center, responded to this review

Aloha atkinsdj, Mahalo for your recent visit to Maui Ocean Center. It's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your visit! Your honest review is very valuable to us and we look forward to sea-ing you again! Best fishes, Jessica Lewis More 

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