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Maui Ocean Center
Maui Ocean Center

Maui Ocean Center

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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Maui Ocean Center Admission Ticket
Maui Ocean Center Admission Ticket
star-4.5
$44.11 per adult
Traveler Favorite
The aquarium is great,...
The aquarium is great, this was my 3rd visit.. The whale exhibit was amazing, 3D movie Humpbacks of Hawaii!
Terri_B, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Maui

star-5
The whale 3D show. The...
Linda_M, Nov 2021
Maui Ocean Center Admission Ticket
The whale 3D show. The animals were all fun to see and the whole place is so clean and animals look very well cared for.
star-5
Outstanding
David_L, Oct 2021
Maui Ocean Center Admission Ticket
Very nice place. Super clean and friendly people. Had a great time. Probably spent about 3 hours here. Whale 3D movie was life changing. Wish it was longer. Mahalo
star-4
Travel with a 3 year old!
christiestilson, Sep 2021
Maui Ocean Center Admission Ticket
The manta rays. Did not get see the theater. Our 3 year old's favorite things were the guy cleaning a small tank and the submarines. And the play park!!! Lots to see for adults!!
star-4
Viator should reply to their customers when they have questions
Kami_S, Dec 2021
Maui Ocean Center Admission Ticket
Maui ocean center 5 stars Viator 0 stars Definitely check out the aquarium but don't get your tickets from viator our reservation got messed up while booking and nobody bothered to answer when I messaged or called for help, it was super annoying. Luckily the aquarium was very understanding about the mix up and let us go in.
star-5
3D Ocean experience
Anthony_P, Aug 2021
Maui Ocean Center Admission Ticket
One of our highly recommended places to see in Maui. Beautiful place and memorable experience. Family with children will surely enjoy. Knowledgeable staffs and clean facilities.
star-5
Wonderful Visit
leslie_h, Jan 2022
Maui Ocean Center Admission Ticket
The shark display was terrific, loved seeing sea turtles up close and we got there at feeding time which was awesome. There was a guide that talked to us about the turtles and answered tons of questions before she fed then. The environment was beautiful and I would go back and recommend this.
star-5
Mahalo
wevaldez, Jan 2022
Maui Ocean Center Admission Ticket
Seeing the young sea turtles, leaning more about sharks and their importance in sustaining the ecosystem of our oceans, learning about the unbelievable jellyfish, the whale experience in the Sphere!!…and on and on… Thank you to all whose heart efforts and live have gone into and continue to make this such a meaningful experience!!! Mahalo🙏🏻
star-5
Had a great time. The...
Aaron_B, Jan 2022
Maui Ocean Center Admission Ticket
Had a great time. The aquarium is one of the better ones I’ve been through. The exhibits are some of the best.
star-5
Lots of outdoor!
Brenda_D, Jan 2022
Maui Ocean Center Admission Ticket
Like how the exhibits are organized by ocean zone. Happy to see your policy on Marine mammals. Green turtle education for only a few years is appreciated.
star-5
Worth the visit
Libertie_L, Jan 2022
Maui Ocean Center Admission Ticket
Love the turtles. The fish tanks were beautiful. It’s our second time. Brought our family this time. Worth the time.
star-4
Fun, but front staff needs a lesson on friendliness.
Shannon_S, Jan 2022
Maui Ocean Center Admission Ticket
It was good. The staff at the entrance, was a little off putting though. The lady that helped us at the front was not friendly at all and acted like she was really annoyed that she had to quit what she was doing and help us. Not a great start to our experience. But the aquarium was fun and very kept up.
star-5
3D whale video alone was worth the visit.
Joshua_E, Dec 2021
Maui Ocean Center Admission Ticket
The entire family enjoyed the visit. The turtle pool and exhibits were great. The large pool and the tunnel with the sharks and the huge sting ray was cool. We were not aware there was a new 3D whale video, that was amazing!

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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