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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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Great Aquarium.

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

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Wasilla, Alaska
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Wasilla, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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 2 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 2 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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Thank Adam N
Richmond, Kentucky
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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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Revelstoke, British Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited when the weather wasn't ideal for the beach. We brought our toddler who thoroughly enjoyed the exhibits. Loved the naturalists taking the time to play with our daughter. Thanks again Maui ocean centre!

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very well done aquarium. We signed up for the week pass before arriving in Maui so we're able to go a few times. Well done exhibits. The tunnel at the end is awesome. It is usually a pretty quick visit with our kids. They seem to get through it in about 45 minutes.

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went here when the weather wasn't cooperating with beach activities. We learned a lot and enjoyed the walk-through aquarium.

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Kihei, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The staff is knowledgeable. The exhibits are unique. The location is fantastic! We loved seeing the turtles and all the sharks.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The earphones were comfortable and clear. The walk through tunnel was neat. However, we thought there would be a better variety of fish/animals. I understand the reasoning behind not having certain animals, but it just seemed like a large aquarium.

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MauiOceanCenter, Social Media Coordinator at Maui Ocean Center, responded to this review

Aloha minntrvlr, Thank you for your feedback and for choosing to visit the Maui Ocean Center. I am sorry that your experience did not meet your expectations. Here at the Maui Ocean Center, our vision is to conserve and sustain Hawaii’s marine life for future generations through education and conservancy. Our exhibits are carefully created with the goal of providing... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We also booked the behind the scenes trip with our tickets for the day and that was a real experience. Our guides were exceptional in sharing insights as to how the Ocean Center worked, its goals and how they achieved the goals. It was fun and informative. Yes, it costs extra but for the money it was one of the... More 

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