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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
Phone Number: 18082707000
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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 Hawaiian Aquarium, 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 Ma'alaea Restaurant, shopping at Maui Ocean Treasures, or book a special event at Maui's most unique venue. Round-trip shuttle transportation is available as an add-on service, visit our website or call for details. 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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$26*
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Maui Ocean Center Admission
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$149*
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Small but well done

My family and I also did the Behind-the-Scenes Tour, which was well worth it. The restaurant with the ocean view was tasty.

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4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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College Place, Washington
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Dallas, TX
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We visited the aquarium the day of our departure in between our checkout and evening flight. Nice fish exhibits and very informative. For as many turtles as we saw on Maui thought that exhibit could have been more robust. We really enjoyed the onsite restaurant Seascape and the beautiful gift shop.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

not worth the money for adults. maybe children would enjoy it more. it took us less than an hour to get through the few exhibits they had. Maui does not allow for the capture of seals or dolphins. there really wasn't anything to see.

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College Place, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My family and I also did the Behind-the-Scenes Tour, which was well worth it. The restaurant with the ocean view was tasty.

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Haines, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Loved the exhibits, especially the shark tunnel. Interesting and fun for kids and adults too! Amazing!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Enjoyed it for about 3 hours. A little pricey and was crowded but was still very nice. Hands-on tide pool was very interesting.

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Dallas, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were not impressed with the Maui Ocean center it was ok. Went two times didn't enjoy either. Lots of island fish but nothing exciting.Will not go again had no kids with us maybe that's why.Way to expensive for what you see and do

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We always enjoy aquariums and I had read good reviews so we decided to take a morning off from snorkeling and see the animals we hadn't yet found off shore. It was a warm day with little breeze and being from the northeast I assumed that aquarium meant indoor and air conditioned, but only two of the larger exhibits are... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I think this aquarium is great for families with children in grade school discovering sea life. The touch ponds and shows need more work. The seals and dolphins look very sad and lonely.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We hadn't planned on visiting the Maui Ocean Center, however, Tropical Storm Darby rained out our beach plans. Although it was slightly pricey to visit, I appreciated the exhibits and the commitment to protecting and educating others about local Hawaiian marine life. Saw a diver doing a q & a session from inside the tank, lots of incredible creatures, and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent about 7 hours here including a Shark Dive and Behind the Scenes experiences. The shark dive was incredible for my husband, watching it all was amazing. John, dive master, was so friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Could not have asked for a better guide. The best part of the Behind the Scenes was in the back. Mason was such... More 

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