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Review of Maui Ocean Center

Maui Ocean Center
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Ranked #1 of 47 things to do in Wailuku
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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 extended summer hours, 9am-6pm in July and August.
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Aurora, Canada
1 review
Reviewed November 18, 2013 via mobile

It was fun it had a lot of cool thing in it to see. It is fun to go with your friends. The suff on the giff shop is cool too. So you will like it there a lot. It is fun and cool there. There is fun cool thing in the giff shop.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Educational and informative aquarium”
Reviewed November 15, 2013

It's a small enough aquarium that small children will enjoy it without being bored. They have naturalist that give hands on tour of the different areas of the aquarium. We ran into one group that had the opportunity to feed the sea turtles.
You learn quite a bit about reef fish and it is actually quite beautiful to see the colorful fish. We could easily spend 20-30 minutes inside the shark tunnel. The shark tunnel was one of the highlights of our visit.
You can easily spend a couple of hours here and be able to see everything.

Visited November 2013
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Columbus, Ohio
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90 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Good Way to see Fish of Hawaii”
Reviewed November 13, 2013

This aquarium is certainly not as big as the major ones like Atlanta, but the primary purpose of our visit was to see fish of the islands and learn about the reef environment and what we would see during our snorkeling trips. The main display building was well laid out in that the shallow, middle and deep reef displays showcase what lived where. Many of these fish are found nowhere else. The organization and explanations given achieved our goal of learning about the fish. I liked the frogfish specifically and, of course the state fish, the humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa which is both gorgeous and fun to say. And I was able to see 3 of them when snorkeling later in the week so the visit was helpful. Would have given 5 stars but the price was set at $25 which is pricey for 2 but difficult for families.

Visited November 2013
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Kissimmee, Florida
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111 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Amazing & Informative!”
Reviewed November 13, 2013

First the naturalists there gives you a complete insight(s) on the sea life at the aquarium. For non-snorkelers and snorkelers, you can see what you may, or may not experience upclose.
The tunnel was the best! A huge sting ray passing right over you head with INCHES! Or a way to hammerhead shark within a foot!
This is a must do when on Maui, and a great way to be able to identify sea life forms once you do snorkel.

Visited October 2013
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Abilene, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Check it out to know what swims in the island waters.”
Reviewed November 11, 2013 via mobile

Unvisited the OC as apart of a bus tour. Very will designed with displays showing what swims in the island waters. Get the recorded tour device to fully appreciate each and every display.

Visited November 2013
Thank Richard S
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