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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
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+1 808-270-7000
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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$81.95*
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$148.96*
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$27.95*
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Love it every time! Have been here 5 times and always see and learn something new. Did behind the scenes tour this time which was fabulous!

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5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Kihei, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Love it every time! Have been here 5 times and always see and learn something new. Did behind the scenes tour this time which was fabulous!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Absolutely amazing place. Give yourself at least 1.5 hours. The tunnel through the gigantic pool is amazing. Not cheap but worth it.

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Norwood
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place is on the small side but if you don't have kids running through as fast as possible it may seem bigger to you. Very cool how the water is filtered through from the ocean! Great to

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This isn't your standard "let's go look at the fish" aquarium, nor is it a place to go watch trained captives. All the fish are from local waters and many get returned to the ocean. Lots of interactive stuff to do, for adults as well as kids. Well thought out, informative and friendly staff, plenty of opportunity to sit and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We took our whole family here and enjoyed the aquariums. Our pass was good for a week so no need to rush can always return and possibly see something you may have missed the first time. Nice souvenir shops and restaurants as well. Can have a bite to eat and watch ships go in and out of the harbor or... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Absolutely fabulous..,simply fabulous!! This is one of the best aquariums that I have been to..and I love aquariums!. It is perfectly laid out, with facinating stops at each turn. We were there over the Christmas break and never felt crowded or hurried. Each tank, from small coral displays too massive tanks that held sharks and rays was sparkling clean. For... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Well set up, good if the weather if not so good weather. Kids enjoyed it. Great variety of fish & lovely turtles.

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Small facility. Many aquariums. Hammerhead exhibit had 0 sharks. $30 for family pics by photographer on green screen is a bit SPENDY since most have own camera. Suggest having a significant discount included in tix for incentive to purchase. Exhibit takes a min of 1 hr to breeze thru otherwise 2 hrs max if reading everything.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is our third visit to the aquarium. Our oldest daughter was only 18 mo when we first visited; she is now 14yo....and enjoyed it just as much as the the first time. Our three girls are 14yo, 11yo and 8 yo. We booked a 'behind the scenes tour'-it was really great. We went to the 1:30 tour and it... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I've been there multiple times with school kid trips and various other group activities. Its a wonderful aquarium and well maintained but after a dozen trips the thrill wears off...I still take newcomers there as I know its a nice day.

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