Maui Ocean Center

Maui Ocean Center, Wailuku: Hours, Address, Maui Ocean Center Reviews: 4.5/5

Maui Ocean Center
4.5
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
Named “Top 10 Aquariums in the World” by TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards, 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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Lawrence S
Utica, MI99 contributions
Small, but fascinating
Oct 2021 • Couples
We stopped at the Maui Ocean Center this afternoon. It's not cheap, and it's not huge, but we highly recommend the visit. There were exhibits regarding Hawaiian tribal life, and the push to bring back Hawaiian culture, and to restore an island back to the way it was during the monarchy.
But the Aquarium is mainly about aquatic animals, and it was replete with those. Besides a nursery for the endangered green turtles, there was another one for young sharks. Then, the next exhibit hall showed life on Hawaii's Living Reef. From the shallows to the depths, the representative creatures were grouped. Then there was a huge aquarium, featuring a walk-through tunnel, filled with most of the aquatic life seen throughout the Islands.
But they saved the best for last - an exhibit hall dedicated to the humpback whale. Hawaii has outlawed confining cetaceous animals, and such would be an anathema to this Aquarium. Instead there were multiple exhibits explaining their lives, migratory, and social patterns, as well as the sounds and songs they make. Finally, we were treated to a 3D film showing the humpback in their natural state, adult and juvenile males and females, and calves. One cannot help but be amazed at how enormous these animals are, and the film certainly gave us a great perspective, as they glided right beside us. "WOW!" is all I could say.
The tour took us less than 3 hours, but held our attention throughout, as I think it would for children as well. We really enjoyed our visit.
Written October 23, 2021
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Jeff B
Tulsa, OK78 contributions
First class facility
Sep 2021
The Ocean Center is a beautiful facility and provides important education. It is not massive so a couple hours is plenty to see everything. The one part that I would highly recommend is the Humpback Whale theater experience, do not leave until you do that. It is the highlight and the only thing that makes the price of admission worth it. It is so amazingly beautiful, wish it was a little longer but I understand why it is short. If you are really in to fish, you'll enjoy it for sure.
Written October 12, 2021
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MauiOceanCenterMOC
Aloha Jeff, mahalo for taking the time to share this feedback with us. We're glad to hear you enjoyed the sphere presentation. We love educating our guests on Hawaiʻi's marine life, and we appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts with us. Mahalo!
Written October 14, 2021
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Krich7310
United States24 contributions
Fun Stop
This is a nice aquarium. The Humpback Whale video in the new Sphere exhibit was really awesome. I had hoped there would be more facts about the whales, but seeing them in 3D was pretty awesome. Definitely a must see if you have kids.
Written September 26, 2021
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TapaniVuoriMOC
Aloha Kristi, mahalo for taking the time to share your thoughts with us! We're happy to hear you loved the Sphere. Our knowledgeable marine naturalists can be found around the park and are always excited to answer questions and offer fun facts! Thanks again for sharing your feedback.
Written September 27, 2021
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TahoegpSA
San Antonio, TX359 contributions
Don’t Miss the 3D Humpback Whale Exhibit
Sep 2021 • Friends
Nice aquarium displays with native fish, plants, and coral. Also has a great 3D Humpback Whale exhibit. Don’t expect a SeaWorld type park. This is more about education and conservation.
Written September 21, 2021
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TapaniVuoriMOC
Aloha Gary, we're happy to hear you enjoyed your visit. Education and conservation are at the core of who we are, and we hope you learned something new and felt inspired to make a change in your community after your visit. Mahalo for taking the time to review us!
Written September 21, 2021
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Paige Z
3 contributions
Great!
Sep 2021 • Couples
Great aquarium! The short 3D humpback whale film in the sphere was great! The shark and sting ray tank was awesome. Definitely recommend.
Written September 10, 2021
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TapaniVuoriMOC
Mahalo for your review!
Written September 20, 2021
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rjl3045
Woodside, NY126 contributions
Fantastic family afternoon at Maui Ocean center!
We decided to go last minute to Maui Ocean Center and we are so glad we did. One of the top family activists we had on Maui. The exhibits were great, COVID protocols were followed, and the humpback presentation was incredible! It felt like we were actually swimming next to humpback whales while sitting in our seats. The layout of the center was great. Our daughter actually asked to go through everything again. Also the gift shop was AMAZING. We bought all our Maui souvenirs there! Prices were so reasonable and a huge selection.
Written September 6, 2021
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TapaniVuoriMOC
Mahalo for taking the time to write this thoughtful review! We're so happy to hear you and your family had a great time and enjoyed your visit. Come see us again soon!
Written September 7, 2021
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DCMom2000
Washington DC, DC20 contributions
A gem
Aug 2021
Very well maintained location and was surprised by the on-site restaurant - great view and super fresh and delicious food. Good place to spend 2 - 3 hours including lunch.
Written August 30, 2021
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TapaniVuoriMOC
Aloha, and mahalo for your review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit and got to experience the delicious food at Seascape. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.
Written September 3, 2021
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Damien G
3 contributions
Great aquarium
Aug 2021
The Maui Ocean Center is a great aquarium with beautiful reef fish, a great big tank with multiple rays and sharks, groupers... and a good turtle tank too. The recent Whale exhibit with the 3-D experience is a great experience, a great addition to an already good place.
Written August 23, 2021
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Mahalo for your thoughtful review! We're happy to hear you enjoyed your experience.
Written August 23, 2021
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Patricia B
2 contributions
Fun!
Aug 2021 • Family
Fun, learned a lot-much native Hawaiian information and had a very enjoyable afternoon. The restaurant was good. Great service and the gift shop had a variety!
Written August 23, 2021
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Mahalo for your review! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit.
Written August 23, 2021
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bob_franco27
West Orange149 contributions
Very Good Aquarium
This is a very well run aquarium. The various exhibits were nicely set up with an appropriate level of information describing Hawaiian sea life and natural history. Good visit for all ages.
Written August 19, 2021
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Mahalo for your review!
Written August 23, 2021
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Maui Ocean Center is open:
  • Sun - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Maui Ocean Center admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost $38.59, while a popular guided tour starts around $14.99 per person. See all 5 Maui Ocean Center tickets and tours on Tripadvisor

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