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“Great Family Activity”
Review of Maui Ocean Center

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Ranked #1 of 48 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 final admission at 4:30pm.
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Boulder, Colorado
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great Family Activity”
Reviewed October 10, 2009

We visited the maui ocean center in Feb '08. It was a great activity to do with my 2 kids age 4 & 2 at the time. Loved the tunnel that you could walk thru to look at the sharks and rays!

1 Thank Stephysue76
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“The Ocean Center afforded us a great educational opportunity to learn about the sea life around Maui.”
Reviewed October 8, 2009

For a small aquarium, we found the Maui Ocean Center included a vast representation of the sea life in the area. The aquarium guides were extremely well versed in the various sea life represented and very passionate about the subject. I learned more about sharks than I could ever have imagined. Their enthusiasm was infectious. In addition, we were impressed with the cleanliness of the facility. The glass tunnel which pases through a large tank was awesome. We first visited when they first opened in 1998 and found this visit even more enjoyable. The gift shop was huge and is a great place to purchase souvenier gifts. We wish them continued success.

1 Thank CathieWA
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great place to go before you go snorkeling”
Reviewed October 8, 2009

After viewing the exhibits in the multiple buildings in this ocean center complex, we were much better at identifying the fish we saw when snorkeling off the Kamaole beaches.

1 Thank landlockedks
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Springfield, Illinois
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35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Top quality aquarium, not very large.”
Reviewed September 24, 2009

Aquarium was one of the best presentations I have ever seen. Indoor reef building, turtle pond, petting area was great for kids, hammerhead shark tank, and the final building had a large tank with clear/walk thru tunnel. Not alot of acreage here. 90 minutes maximum attention span and $25 adult admission. Bottom line: If your can spare the money and time, then go. It was extremely cool.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Pleasantly surprised”
Reviewed August 21, 2009

Wasn't sure about going to the aquarium but it turned out wonderfully. I enjoyed seeing the animals including sharks, stingrays, turtles, etc. You could even touch starfish, etc. Great store for souvenirs, etc. inside also.

Would highly recommend. Can easily do in a morning...

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