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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from $44.11
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beartrax79
Lyons, CO94 contributions
We've been to this aquarium as a family a few times over the years, and it has been about the same. Not to say that it isn't a good aquarium, but we were BLOWN AWAY by the new Whale Show in the dome. It was like a religious experience in 3D glasses. I highly highly recommend viewing it if you have any love for the ocean and sea life.
Written January 9, 2022
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MauiOceanCenterMOC
Wow! Mahalo nui loa for leaving such a thoughtful review. We are flattered that you continue to return to our aquarium with your family, and we're thrilled to hear our Sphere Experience made such an impact.
Written January 12, 2022
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HeidiWills
Seattle, WA246 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Excellent displays, clean and beautiful tanks, and an overall excellent educational and fun experience. My daughter couldn’t get enough and wants to come back with her grandma next time. We loved it and appreciate everything the MOC does to help rehabilitate corals and to inform the public about the wonders of the ocean in order to protect it. I think we made friends with several fish while we were there!
Written December 26, 2021
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MauiOceanCenterMOC
Aloha Heidi! We're thrilled to hear you had a wonderful time getting to know Hawaiʻi's marine life (and made some fish friends along the way). We look forward to welcoming you again in the future!
Written January 7, 2022
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ScubaDave16
Highland, IN880 contributions
Dec 2021
We booked on line and were able to select our entry time. I suppose this was to keep the crowds down.

The center was easy to find and had plenty of free parking.

The place is clean and well marked. There are some outdoor exhibits as well as several galleries of tanks.

The fish tanks were clean and fish looked healthy. They had many species of tropical fish, but also eels, starfish, jellyfish, anemones, and lots of living coral in tanks. Most of the tanks were very well labelled so we could identify the fish.

There was a large shark tank which had a tiger shark.

There is a very cool 3D humpback whale experience. worth the wait in line.

There were some kids displays as well.

Overall a very nice aquarium and well worth the price.
Written December 23, 2021
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MauiOceanCenterMOC
Aloha, and mahalo for taking the time to leave this thoughtful review. We appreciate you sharing the things you loved about your visit, and we hope to welcome you again in the future if the opportunity arises!
Written January 7, 2022
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gxmoller
Phoenix, AZ27 contributions
Dec 2021
Very Nice Aquarium and place to see. A bit expensive, but a very good place to visit and support. Much Enjoyed.
Written December 9, 2021
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MauiOceanCenterMOC
Aloha and mahalo for taking the time to review us. We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed your visit, and we'd like to thank you for your support. Mahalo for taking the time to review us and share your thoughts!
Written December 13, 2021
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Lisa G
1 contribution
Dec 2021 • Couples
It is a wonderful experience. The new 3D theater features the whales under water habitat. It is easy to make a reservation on line.
Written December 8, 2021
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MauiOceanCenterMOC
Aloha, and mahalo for leaving this review! We're pleased to hear that you had a wonderful experience with us.
Written December 9, 2021
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trishDerwood
derwood, md254 contributions
Dec 2021
It was a perfect day to go to the aquarium… Clouds in the sky, but still a beautiful day in Maui! An Absolutely wonderful aquarium, many interesting displays. The 3-D movie on whales was amazing! My only complaint was as I will explain, was lack of social distancing. We had to sign up in advance, that reassured me that they were very cautious of how many people were entering the displays at one time. That being said, no one was monitoring how many people went into the displays at one time. Displays were ridiculously overcrowded… And there was absolutely no social distancing, in spite of masks worn. My husband and I had to rush through the indoor displays… Feeling there were way too many people allowed in one area… With or without masks! I could not even get into Some local stores because they said there were too many people in the store… Please, please, please use some better guidelines at the aquarium to keep us all safe!
Written December 7, 2021
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MauiOceanCenterMOC
Aloha Trish. We're so glad to hear that you were able to experience the wonder of Hawaiʻi's unique marine life! Regarding your concerns, we did have many marine life lovers in our park due to the storm earlier this week. We make an effort to manage the flow of guests throughout our park but cannot guarantee that specific exhibits won't be crowded at times. Your thoughts have been heard, and we will continue to encourage guests to maintain a safe distance from those outside their party. Mahalo for taking the time to share your thoughts with us.
Written December 9, 2021
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Rajan G
Gaithersburg, MD25 contributions
Nice exhibits. Native species. Not a very big aquarium but good. Nice 3D movie on Humpback Whales. Add to your plans for a relaxing day
Written December 4, 2021
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MauiOceanCenterMOC
Aloha Rajan! We're pleased to hear you had a relaxing day taking in Hawaiʻi's native marine life. Mahalo for taking the time to review us!
Written December 7, 2021
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tracyadecicco
Denver, CO4 contributions
Dec 2021 • Friends
I have never in my life seen anything quite like the 3D sphere humpback movie. Immersive. Stunning. Really, life changing. Touch longer May have been good but the exhibit designer and the team for 3D sphere - superb.
Written December 3, 2021
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MauiOceanCenterMOC
Aloha Tracy! We were so pleased to read your review. We're delighted to hear our Sphere presentation left a lasting impact on you, and we value your feedback, both positive and constructive. Mahalo for leaving this thoughtful review.
Written December 6, 2021
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Becca W
Island of Hawaii, HI9 contributions
Dec 2021
The Maui Ocean Center is a meticulously maintained aquarium. Definitely worth the stop, especially if you have kids! Be sure not to miss the new whale exhibit; it is surprisingly profound and inspiring!
Written December 2, 2021
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MauiOceanCenterMOC
Aloha Becca! We aim to inspire all of our visitors, and we're so happy to hear we met that goal on your recent trip to our aquarium. Mahalo for taking the time to share your thoughts with us!
Written December 6, 2021
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DeniseF6
Mountain Iron, MN97 contributions
There are many exhibits throughout the ocean center. There’s a fantastic restaurant on site as well as shops. The animals were beautiful to see and read about them. I’m happy they no longer support keeping whales in captivity, I was very pleased about that.
Written November 23, 2021
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MauiOceanCenterMOC
Aloha, Denise, and mahalo for taking the time to leave this review. We're happy to hear you were able to enjoy everything we have to offer at the aquarium, and we hope you were able to leave with some new knowledge about Hawaiʻi's marine life! Maui Ocean Center has never supported or promoted keeping any cetaceans in captivity, and we are proud to respectfully follow the Maui County ban on displaying these animals.
Written November 30, 2021
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  • Sun - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Maui Ocean Center admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost $44.11, while a popular guided tour starts around $14.99 per person. See all 7 Maui Ocean Center tickets and tours on Tripadvisor

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