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Maui Ocean Center

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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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USD 27.95*
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Maui Ocean Center Admission
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USD 153.24*
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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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“shark tank” (262 reviews)
“nice aquarium” (141 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
192 Maalaea Rd, Hwy 30, Ma'alaea Harbor, Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793-5931
+1 808-270-7000
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I just recently became a member to the MOC and really had a good time! I was slightly disappointed that the fish exhibit tanks did not have ID photo cards for each fish in the exhibit but that was the only negative aspect of the...More

Thank Steven P
Reviewed 2 days ago

Was here 4 years ago. The place is larger now with more things to see. The shark exhibit was kids favorite.

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Thank etorrison
Reviewed 2 days ago

Just a great visit for beautiful viewing and education. A must see before snorkeling to help make the experience more impressive.

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Thank thomasjditty
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We stopped here for about an hour and a half. Their employees were extremely knowledgable and friendly. Their displays were full of Hawaiian fish.

Thank JLP1226
Reviewed 3 days ago

Just visited for the second time and the attraction is rather run down. Not as many colorful fish, ragged carpets, scuffed paint...that sort of thing. It is still interesting but not worth the admission charge. Save your money and just go snorkeling.

Thank sally-r
Reviewed 3 days ago

We've seen a lot of aquaria, and this is one of the good ones. The educational focus of the center is apparent and its quality is obvious. It's a large one and very well maintained, which is not always the case. There was a large...More

Thank Frank P
Reviewed 3 days ago

We have been to quite a few aquariums and this was was quite good. They have a seniors admission so that helped. Only draw back is that it is quite busy no matter when you go. The day we were there a school was there...More

Thank Terry D
Reviewed 4 days ago

As a marine biologist based out of Hawai'i Island, I was very impressed with the quality and educational focus of Maui Ocean Center. Elyssa and the other underwater naturalists did a great job explaining facts and vulnerabilities of our reefs, and achievable action guests can...More

Thank Tyler P
Reviewed 4 days ago

My kids are 5 & 7. They totally enjoyed this aquarium. I love it’s small intimate setting and everyone was very friendly.

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Thank nickibatson9
Reviewed 5 days ago

I can generally take or leave aquariums - but my husband LOVES them - so we've been to the one in Cape Town, Vancouver, and now Maui.. What makes this one brilliant is its attention to telling the local, cultural story of the interaction between...More

Thank TravellingQuallie
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3 July 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!
10 June 2017|
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Response from 181Linda | Reviewed this property |
Not at the aquarium. The snorkeling tour you pre book your tickets.
3 May 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.