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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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Shark Dive from Detroit

This was the most amazing experience. Was able to pet a White Tip Reef Shark and feed the Rays. Will always remember this definitely checked the bucket list.

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was the most amazing experience. Was able to pet a White Tip Reef Shark and feed the Rays. Will always remember this definitely checked the bucket list.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

very disturbed by the friendly photographers that take a picture for you when you arrive. time to leave , it turns out you can only have the pix if you pat extra for them. 1. if you are going to do this, inform visitors what the pics are for and ask if they would like to purchase them. printing photos... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A great day trip for the two year old, parents and a grandmother. So much so that grandmother took the 2 year old back for another trip. It was the highlight of my day talking to Keiki about Hawaiian culture and heritage. The feeding of the turtles is a wonderful show. It's also great how much this facility aims to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Really nice, small aquarium. Enjoyed the special exhibits of turtles, and a shark tunnel. Kind of pricey but it's an expensive place to run. Super clean with lots of staff to talk about the fish.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We enjoyed this aquarium so much! Our twin 3 year old boys enjoyed this experience! It kept them engaged and in a safe environment to walk freely without getting lost. The adults enjoyed themselves too!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Small aquarium mixed with Hawaiian heritage. Provides a great view of Hawaiian aquatic life and at the same time explains the Hawaiian culture. Nice afternoon especially for kids.

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Coleman, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Easy to get to, lots of parking, visited twice, even better on the second day when it was less crowded. We bought the week pass online for almost the same price as a daily ticket because we needed someplace to go to while waiting for our plane. Enjoyed the second visit even more because it was hardly crowded at all... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Excellent Aquarium. The jelly fish room is my favorite but many people like walking through the tunnel where fish, sharks and more swim OVER your head and all around you. Great gift shop too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We spent a few hours at the ocean center. It's really cool! Small and large aquariums are as equally interesting. Small fish, big fish, jellyfish, sea turtles and more. Neat place to spend a few hours. Get the audio guide and make time to read the placards by the tanks. You'll learn a lot about Hawaii's marine wildlife.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Lot's of fun touring the Maui Ocean Center tucked in Ma'alaea Harbor. They also offer whale watching and other aquatic activities. Hint: find coupons in the tourist magazines. A bit pricey but worth it especially on a rainy day (yes it does rain sometimes on Maui). Many local merchants nearby to spend a few hours shopping.

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