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Maui Ocean Center

#1 of 47 things to do in Wailuku Features Animals
192 Maalaea Rd, Hwy 30, Ma'alaea Harbor, Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793-5931
+1 808-270-7000
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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 final admission at 4:30pm.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good31%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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192 Maalaea Rd, Hwy 30, Ma'alaea Harbor, Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793-5931
+1 808-270-7000
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Reviewed December 18, 2016

We just expected more but in general it's ok and colorful. We made really beautiful pictures. However open ocean is really small and not so open as expected. Just a small tunnel.

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Reviewed December 18, 2016

A great visit to get up close to amazing animals. The glass tunnel & sharks were my sons favourite. A great activity for rainy days or anytime!

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Reviewed December 16, 2016

We visited the Maui Ocean Center on a particularly rainy day during our visit. It was a little crowded, but to be expected as everyone was looking for something to do! We learned a ton, and really liked the shark feeding presentation and learning about...More

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Reviewed December 16, 2016

This aquarium features the aquatic creatures of Hawaii. The displays are well laid out and the information is in depth and easy to understand. As adults we both enjoyed all aspects of the visit. I'm sure the kids would love it as well.

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Reviewed December 16, 2016

Had a great time, no boat ride ,no cage, lots of sharks and rays & jacks! Will do again next time on Maui. Make sure you have a good camera, bought one of those plastic bag cases for my iPhone,but pressure made Siri come on...More

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Reviewed December 14, 2016

The aquarium is great but the "behind the scene" tour really made the whole visit worth it and amazing!

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Reviewed December 14, 2016

We came here during our trip when it was raining and it was a good way to spend the day. The shark exhibit was excellent avg the staff are extremely knowledgeable.

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Reviewed December 13, 2016

This is a good family place to learn about the local sea life & the things they are doing to protect it.

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Reviewed December 13, 2016

Very pretty well managed attraction. Really enjoyed the audio to describe all the different fish and mammals.

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Reviewed December 12, 2016

Whenever we vacation on Maui we visit the Ocean Center a few times. The exhibits are very well presented with education about the marine life in the context of geological & Hawaiian history. The staff are very knowledgeable and helpful. We were grateful for the...More

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July 2, 2017|
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Response from johng3333 | Reviewed this property |
I checked with my 15 year old daughter who enthusiastically said yes. The only ones I remembered were the ones they were raising that we saw in the behind the scenes tour. Enjoy!
June 10, 2017|
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Response from 181Linda | Reviewed this property |
Not at the aquarium. The snorkeling tour you pre book your tickets.
May 2, 2017|
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Response from Tremaine E | Reviewed this property |
3 hours is plenty. But if course it all depends on the kids attraction to the exhibitions.