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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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Great respect for ocean conservation

The Maui Ocean Centre was very nice. Not too long, but informative and interesting. Audio tour offered a bit extra information. We saw a feeding session, which occurs 2x per... read more

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Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Maui Ocean Centre was very nice. Not too long, but informative and interesting. Audio tour offered a bit extra information. We saw a feeding session, which occurs 2x per day. Saw whales in the harbour, too. A good way to spend 2-3 hours.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

General complaint about the Maui Ocean Center is its overpriced and can't really say I disagree but if you go and pay that knowing what's available you really have no reason to complain. As most Aquariums do, the Maui Ocean Center focuses on species of fish indigenous to the region. There's small tanks that have anything from Wrasse, Seahorse, Lionfish,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stopped in for an hour and a half and really enjoyed. Get to see up close what the areas ocean has to offer. Stop in the shop for some beautiful items and keepsakes. Great shops also next to the center worth the visit

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Rochester, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It was a fun stop. It was educational and the staff were friendly, caring about the ocean friends. Would go again.

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Bellevue, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We took the grandkids here & they had a great visit. The 11 y/o got over her fear of sharks after the diver in the shark tank talk

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Fascinating place to visit, for all ages! We came with bus group, had lunch, were there several hours, didn't have enough time. I could have stayed at least 1-2 more hours. Plenty of places to sit and watch amazing sea life, videos, lots to read if you are ambitious, audio guides to listen if you don't like to read. Amazing... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great Aquarium. Visited the Maui Ocean Center for the second time. The best aquarium we have visited and we highly recommend it.

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8300 Kern Ave., Apt. Q154, Gilroy CA 95020
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My family and I had a amazing time. I was impress on the kids activities. I enjoyed Maui Ocean Center than the Monterey Aquarium.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This was our third time to Maui and had no idea it existed the previous times. We gave it a shot and do not regret it. The aquarium itself is ok, but we opted to do the "behind the scenes" tour and that's what really made the difference. An hour long tour, it let's you take a deeper look into... More 

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Richmond, Kentucky
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very underwhelming. Our local aquarium was much better. It didn't have a ton to see and the kids were bored. Some cool stuff, but not enough to be worth going for.

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