We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Maui Ocean Center”
Review of Maui Ocean Center

Maui Ocean Center
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Maui Ocean Center Admission
More Info
and up
Maui Ocean Center Admission Packages
More Info
and up
Maui Value Pass
Ranked #1 of 48 things to do in Wailuku
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
Calgary, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Maui Ocean Center”
Reviewed May 6, 2013

What an excellent adventure for those of us who do not snorkel or scuba dive! My spouse and I spent the whole day visiting this marvelous aquarium. We saw numerous marine creatures: eels, octopus, sea horses, turtles, hammerhead sharks, etc. The available self-guided audio system was excellent. This is an outing that interests all age groups and great for families with young children!

Visited April 2013
Thank Ellama1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

3,318 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Whitney, TX
Level 5 Contributor
91 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Like SCUBA diving without getting wet”
Reviewed May 3, 2013

The Maui Ocean Center is very interesting and entertaining. The plastic "tunnel" through the large tank makes it feel like you are diving with the sharks and sting rays swimming all around you. The Seascape Restaurant in the center is one of the few places on Maui with good food at reasonable prices. The gift shop has a lot of unique items you won't find in the shops in Lahina. The ticket office and the gift shop both have military discounts, but you have to ask.

Visited May 2013
Thank JoeKent
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Defiance, Ohio
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Lots to see.”
Reviewed May 3, 2013 via mobile

This is a very nice attraction. A little pricey but what isn't in the islands. We got to listen to two different presentations, the starfish pool and the shark tank. Both were educational and fun but the guy at the shark tank was amusing as well.

Visited May 2013
Thank p b
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Farmington Ut
Level 5 Contributor
91 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“A lot of fish to see”
Reviewed May 1, 2013

Wow. This was a really nice place to go to. There were a lot of things to see and you could see the harbor too. It is wheelchair accessible and that was nice. It was so interesting and a big gift shop that was pretty reasonable. If you have a military ID you can really save on the entrance price and at the gift shop. Several gift shops and eating places there too. Kids would love this place and not too long to get bored at.

Visited April 2013
Thank grandmahutch
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Syracuse, New York
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Pretty Good”
Reviewed April 30, 2013

This was OK, nothing too amazing here. A great stop if it is raining or if you have kids they would enjoy it.

Visited April 2013
Thank chattie1608
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Maui Ocean Center also viewed

Haleakala National Park, Maui

Been to Maui Ocean Center? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing