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Maui Ocean Center

Maui Ocean Center

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189 Reviews
192 Maalaea Road, Wailuku, Hawaii, 96793

The Basics

The Maui Ocean Center, known as the Aquarium of Hawaii, offers an interactive, educational, and cultural experience. Delve into the underwater world of humpback whales at the Humpbacks of Hawaii Exhibit and Sphere, a 3D viewing experience and one of the aquarium’s top attractions. View sharks, observe coral reef systems, marvel at green sea turtles, and learn about the history and culture of Hawaii in the center’s many exhibits.

For a deeper dive into the aquarium, join a behind-the-scenes tour with a marine naturalist. Or, literally dive below the surface on a scuba diving excursion inside the Open Ocean tank. Sharks and stingrays are just some of the many sea creatures you might encounter on your dive.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Maui

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Great place and responsible cost
BobbiC77, Jun 2021
Maui Ocean Center Admission Ticket
Great aquarium. Loved the 3D whale encounter theater. The Ted Ed jelly fish video was extremely informative. The tanks are so clean and well maintained
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Beautiful, clean aquarium.
Katherine_W, Apr 2021
Maui Ocean Center Admission Ticket
Whale Exhibit was awesome. Turtles swam right up to you. Bathrooms were clean, although two were put of order. They had dole whips there too.
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Greta for kids
Kurt_F, Apr 2021
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Excellent and clean aquarium. Our kids (11 & 8) loved it. Jellies exhibit was not open but should be soon.
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Great Day
Grandma_on_vacation, Apr 2021
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My husband n I had a great time at the Maui ocean Center. The special 3D movie about the whales was incredible!
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Sharks!!!!
DAVIDA_K, Apr 2021
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It was amazing and well organized in Covid protocols. Didn’t take too long. But was a good way to kill an hour or two.
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Awesome
April_k, Apr 2021
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The 3D of whales is a must see i would go again nice and clean place and great information on everything
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Wonderful exhibits
Shannon_J, Jun 2021
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Exhibits were amazing. Especially liked the history of bombing on the island. I really hope the environment can recover. Every thing was really well done. Would come back on my next trip
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Maui Ocean Center
Amy_F, Apr 2021
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Quick and easy way to secure tickets to the Maui Ocean Center Aquarium and save a bit in the process.
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Really enjoyable stay.
Luke_S, Jun 2021
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Whale 3D was my favorite, however, there were a lot of other things as well, such as the glass tunnel and all the peripherals.
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Maui Aquarium
Harman_G, Jun 2021
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Great place to learn about Hawaii. Aquarium had many different species of marine life to view. Overall a wonderful experience.
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Great experience at the Maui Ocean Center
Kristen_K, Apr 2021
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We love the Maui Ocean Center. We were in Maui In November 2020 and it was still closed due to the pandemic! Luckily this time it was open and we were able to experience the 3D movie about whales in the sphere! Very cool! This is very well done aquarium and must see if you are in Maui. You can see all the fish you would see while snorkeling and more!
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Great fish education
Michelle_G, Jun 2021
Maui Ocean Center Admission Ticket
Loved the variety of fish and the tunnel is great. Whale show was relaxing but could have been a bit more exciting.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The aquarium is a must-visit for marine-life enthusiasts who want to learn about the island and its ecosystems.

  • Sphere admission is included in the Aquarium PLUS package.

  • The on-site Seascape Restaurant serves Hawaiian fare with views overlooking the ocean. Outside food is not permitted at the center.

  • The center is wheelchair accessible and easy to navigate with a stroller.

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How to Get There

Maui Ocean Center is located about a 15-minute’s drive from Wailuku. Take HI-30 (Honoapiʻilani Highway) South to Kapoli Street in Maalaea and follow signs for Maui Ocean Center. To avoid the hassle of driving, visit the museum on a guided tour or a hop-on hop-off bus tour.

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When to Get There

The Maui Ocean Center is open daily and a great rainy day activity. Arrive early to secure parking and explore the aquarium before the crowds.

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Shark Diving in the Open Ocean Tank

While it is rare for scuba divers to encounter sharks while diving in the waters surrounding Maui, shark sightings are central to a diving excursion at the Maui Ocean Center. The center offers scuba diving adventures for certified divers in its vast Open Ocean exhibit. The tank features up to five species of sharks, as well as stingrays and fish. Non-divers can watch the divers and sharks through the exhibit’s observation tunnel.

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