Maui Ocean Center
Maui Ocean Center
4.5
Speciality & Gift ShopsAquariums
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Maui Ocean Center is the premier destination to encounter and learn about Hawaii’s marine life. Home to one of the world’s largest displays of live Pacific corals, the Aquarium exhibits only marine life found in Hawaiian waters including tropical fish, sea turtles, sharks, stingrays, octopuses, sea jellies, and more. The Aquarium highlights the beauty of Hawaii’s undersea world while perpetuating the deep connection between the Hawaiian people and the sea. The Aquarium’s mission is to foster understanding, wonder, and respect for Hawaii’s marine life.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Eric V
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Snorkel with a Marine Biologist Tour
    We did the Snorkel with a Marine Biologist Tour. This trip was one of the top five adventures of my life! We were new to snorkeling but myself, my wife and 11 year old daughter are all strong swimmers. Paul is amazing! He was incredibly knowledgable about the reef, and its inhabitants. He set a tone of respect for the place we were exploring and encouraged our curiosity all while making sure our group was having fun. My daughter was really hopeful that we would see sea turtles and he set expectations that the turtles are wild animals and nothing is guaranteed, while letting her know that he would be really excited to show her sea turtles if the opportunity presented itself. What resulted was a magical introduction to snorkeling and the underwater world of the reef… including hanging out with some sea turtles. Thank you to Paul for an unforgettable experience and the Maui Ocean Center for helping us to find this tour. Stop thinking about it and sign up now!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Skyelar F
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Trip to Maui ocean center
    We did the behind the scenes tour and it was well worth it! We were able to feed the sea turtles and sharks while learning so much about the marine life! I would recommend seeing the 3D humpback whale exhibit before leaving because it was a breathtaking once in a lifetime experience!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 5, 2023
  • eshaynes
    Portland, Oregon242 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quick stop
    We stopped on our last day in Maui as we needed to spend a few hours before heading to the airport. You have to pay for parking but there was plenty of parking available. The aquarium is I would say on the smaller side compared to others I’ve been to but it was worth the stop. It is right on the water so you have beautiful views. There are a few different exhibits (living reef, Hawaiians and the seas, open ocean) and things you can do. We walked around looked at different fish/sharks and coral, saw sea turtles and watched the Humpbacks 3D sphere. There is a place to eat (I didn’t get anything) and a gift shop. Overall this takes 2-3 hours depends on how much you want to read and how long you look at things.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 2, 2023
  • jeff
    Carlsbad, California1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to visit with young kids
    We had a wonderful time, very friendly staff especially Dan who showed and explained many things to our two kids. It was cool to see a tiger shark in the large tank. We were seriously impressed by the 3D whale movie. Would highly recommend, especially the interactions with the staff who were engaging, helpful and friendly.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 24, 2023
  • Discover02786290221
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Snorkeling with Paul 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
    The snorkeling experience with Paul far surpassed the expectations of my family and I. Paul helped alleviate any fears that came with not having snorkeled before; he provided good gear and made sure everyone was comfortable in the water. During the tour, he provided great insight, and guided us through the coral, where we saw many beautiful fish and, ultimately, multiple green sea turtles. It was a truly amazing experience, and it was awesome that Paul took photos of us and the wildlife we came across for us to keep. Highly recommend!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 13, 2024
  • Meghann P
    Greenwood Village, Colorado56 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great attraction, probably better for slightly older kids.
    The Maui ocean center came highly recommended and I think if it was just my husband and I, it would have been perfect. We had our 15 month old with us and her attention span is not that long so we had to move through the exhibits rather quickly. The visit was over before we knew it. I think it would be pushing it to say you would be here for 2 hours unless you did the 3d attractions and extra things. We even stayed for a turtle feed and we were easily done in about 70 minutes. But the exhibits were awesome! Learning about the turtles and watching them get fed was so fun! The price is a little steep for the size of the center, but I realize that money mostly goes to research so I will accept it as is. You also pay to park, which others have mentioned. All in all, it’s worth visiting.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 14, 2024
  • Tasha M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Snorkel Tour with Marine Biologist
    My husband and I with our 9 year old son went on the guided snorkel tour. We chose this tour because it's led by a marine biologist. It proved to be an amazing experience for us all! Paul was an amazing guide who obviously cared for the environment and was able to share his extensive knowledge with us. He took pictures of us snorkeling and what we were seeing then sent the pictures to us as a keepsake. We all left feeling inspired! Well worth it! Highly recommended!
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 16, 2024
  • Whatremains
    Ontario, Canada112 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great visit for the whole family!! So much to see and learn.
    A really great experience for the whole family. We spent a few hours walking through learning about all the animal, marine life and so many other amazing things. We saw honu up close, coral, and the diver gave the kids some shark teeth from the tank. One important thing to note is that most exhibits are all outdoors so it does get hot in the afternoon sun.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 5, 2024
  • Rachel E
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Snorkel Tour-Marine Biologist-Paul
    I booked a snorkeling tour with Marine Biologist-Paul for my kiddos ages 16, 11, and 9. Even before the day of the experience, Paul established trust and excellent communication with this Midwest Momma. Paul kindly and promptly answered my questions and provided detailed information. The day before our encounter, Paul text me detailed meeting instructions. We arrived at the designated location, and as promised, Paul was ready. Paul reviewed the process and equipment in a manner that each kid understood. During the tour the kids had an amazing experience and saw lots of marine life. While this was a fun encounter, it was also educational.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 29, 2024
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Wildcataviationllc
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Ive been to this place 4 times now. Ive got the VIP Card now and I dont regret it. Its a great place to gain perspective on the world around us. Its "humbling" in a lot of ways.

I just sat and watched the shark tank for about an hour, but the Jellyfish were mesmerizing as well.

Advice to visitors: Bring your own drinks/snacks. Buy the ticket for the "Sphere" show, allow for about half the day to see it all.
Written January 26, 2020
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Lori L
Red Deer, Canada68 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
$35 USD per person admission (including 3D presentation) so plan to stay more than two hours. Although it is very small it is very well done. The 3D humpback whale presentation was only 10 minutes long (taking out introduction and credits!) and ended before we thought it was finished. I really thought we could get a thorough education on humpback whales before we went on our whale watch tour. We did not get a lot of information. I left with questions about the presentation. I thought it could be better done but it was only a five dollar value added onto the $29 admission tickets so whatever 🤘🏻
Written February 27, 2020
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brepath
Calgary, Canada2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
We took our 2 year old and 9 month old a couple weeks ago. Our 2 year old loved all the fish and had a great time. I was underwhelmed. Had heard great things about it before we went but didn’t feel like it lived up to the hype. There are parts of the centre you can only access by stairs which was challenging with a stroller. One restaurant was under construction and the other wouldn’t seat us because a cruise ship was coming in and they needed to save spots for them. Again, challenging when you have small kids who are hungry. What I thought they did well was there were lots of staff around to answer questions and talk to you about the exhibits. Would I go again, probably not.
Written February 6, 2020
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jennsmith91
Edmonton, Canada1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
We did the shark tank dive. This was our second time. The first one was much better. It’s amazing being so close to these animals but It’s still the same price but now you can’t feed the rays and this time they made you stay in a group and and not be able to explore on your own like last time. If the experience is getting less then the price should reflect that.
Written March 10, 2020
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Donna Z
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Buy tickets online in advance because they weren't taking walk-ins when we visited in March 2021. We loved the 3D humpback whale experience in their theater. It runs every half-hour. There is the usual shark tunnel with sting rays and several lovely aquariums with lots of tropical fish. The main restaurant was closed due to COVID but they have a cafe where you can get sandwiches, snacks, and ice cream.
Written March 16, 2021
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tyzmyatt
Huntsville, AL1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
It was amazing! We went in late February and there were whales everywhere. Getting up close to them like that was insane though. We weren’t sure it could get cooler than seeing them jump out of the water all the time but you get to see it closer and they use the microphone to let you hear them singing too!
Written March 8, 2020
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troydawson369
Paso Robles, CA100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
The second day we were in Maui it was extremely windy so an indoor activity seemed like the logical thing to do. So we decided to go check out the aquarium and Ocean center.

Tickets are roughly $50 a person, at first it seems a little overpriced, until you actually start walking through the aquarium displays and see how beautifully laid out it is and the variety of aquatic Life and educational activities involved in your tour.

The highlight of the tour was the humpback whale experience. You sit in a domed theater where the seats lay back and you literally look up while you wear 3D glasses. This is definitely a must be if you make a visit to Maui or you are looking for something to fill in your spare time. The 3D experience was a couple years in the making, and they did a very good job of presenting the video display, it almost seemed like you could just reach out and touch them! Very well done! My 15-year-old son even enjoyed it.

They have a gift shop, everything is moderately priced, we did buy a couple things to support the ocean center.
Written April 28, 2022
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searoguetofino
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
The Aquarium is an excellent day trip for families in Maui. There are attractions for kids of all ages. It's great for a rainy day or a sunny one. The aquarium grounds are large and it's easy to navigate a stroller around. My Kids (2 &4) are still talking about the things they learned and the creatures they saw a month ago!
Written March 10, 2020
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Mark g
Lombard, IL95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Last year was our first time viewing the Whale movie in the sphere and we knew that we would be back to watch it again. We just watched it again this year and were just as if not more impressed than last years viewing. We got to the Center early and had time to see all the exhibits in quiet with out too many people. Everything was fantastic and it has a must visit place for our annual Maui Trip!
Written February 14, 2020
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bigran2288
Grain Valley, MO95 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Very unexpected and worth the time and $$
The Humpback Whale 3D Shownwas short but ABSOLUTELY worth seeing. Unbelievable. The rest of the park, while small, is very informative and beautiful. It was windy so our outdoor viewing was hampered. But all in all great!
Written March 7, 2020
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