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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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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.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good30%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“nice aquarium” (147 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
LOCATION
192 Maalaea Rd, Hwy 30, Ma'alaea Harbor, Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793-5931
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+1 808-270-7000
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"shark tank"
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"behind the scenes"
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"nice aquarium"
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Great place to visit if you are interested in the sea life and not likely to go explore the ocean on your own. Wife falls into that category: won't go in the water but interested in what may be there. Highly recommended

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Reviewed today

Our grandchildren loved all the exhibits! Took our signature family photo out front too! The audio isn’t really necessary.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We really enjoyed the Maui Ocean Center. The staff provided excellent educational programs about the various exhibits.

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I didn’t find this center over priced. It was full of great exhibits. I did pay extra for the recorded guided tour but it’s really not necessary and I stopped using it before we were a third way in. Had I known you could book...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This aquarium is well done. The kids loved seeing all of the fish, turtles, and sharks close up. This place is a little on the expensive side, but it was fun.

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Maybe I’m spoiled since we live in CA and have visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium several times, but this place was not worth the money. The exhibits are old and there were not many things for toddlers to do. Our toddler did like the tunnel...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

excellent, there was much to see. Great for young kids. Very clean and well kept. The staff were friendly and willing to share information and explain things at some of the exhibits.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

The aquarium is decent. We loved that it was native species and non-invasive. No dolphins or whales. Great 'look & touch' zone for the littles. Learned a ton. It is ridiculous expensive but it is Maui and it is expected. My one disappointment, which I...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Great exhibits, informative naturalist talks and a world class restaurant with an ocean view - what's not to like?!

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Better than expected! We took our kids and they loved it, as well as my husband and I truly enjoyed it!

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Jennifer3kids
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!
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adbeff
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.
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Dtar1
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.
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