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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
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$44.11 per adult
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Great experience will come again on next visit great for families. If you have children they will love it here especially the short film about whales 🐋
Daniel_P, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Maui

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Great Spot for Families
Andrew_M, May 2022
Maui Ocean Center Admission Ticket
It was a very enjoyable day. All the exhibits were clean, animals looked healthy and it was very informative. I would recommend
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Top notch
Brett_B, Mar 2022
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I've been to dozens of public aquariums. The reef life and fish diversity is top notch!!! Very well maintained and clean.
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Signing up for our visit...
Thomas_I, May 2022
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Signing up for our visit to Maui ocean center was a breeze. The aquarium was a wonderful addition to our vacation here in Maui, and I would definitely go back next time I visit this iskand
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Amazing Maui Ocean Center Experience
Daryl_F, May 2022
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Maui Ocean Center is one of the best ocean center that I have visited. It gives me overflowing knowledge of the marine life and conservation in Hawaii.
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This is a wonderful...
Vickie_B, Feb 2022
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This is a wonderful aquarium. The tanks were so clean and bright and the fish seemed to be so well taken care of. My favorite were the turtles. I watched them for a long time. This is the best aquarium I have ever been to.
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Awesome!
Rob_G, Apr 2022
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Great experience at Maui Ocean Center. From kids to seniors, fun for all ages. Try see as much as you can... there are lots of exhibits.
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Outstanding … a must see when in Maui
Vel_T, Feb 2022
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Everything ! Staff very engaging and helpful ; good signage , easy to follow . Very clean . Learned a lot esp how much garbage ends up in ocean 😣
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The best aquarium experience
Royce_P, May 2022
Maui Ocean Center Admission Ticket
Great experience, it’s awesome that the aquarium catches, displays, and then release the aquatics animals. Really good experience, the last part of the whale sphere was so cool. Definitely a sweet find for a family outing.
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GO EARLY! Less crowded.
RACQUEL_R, May 2022
Maui Ocean Center Admission Ticket
Recommend going there early. Less crowded. Overall a good experience when traveling with kids. Will take approximately 1 hrs to go through entire aquatic center.
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Our visit to The Maui Ocean Center
elena_h, Apr 2022
Maui Ocean Center Admission Ticket
This place was so nice, we had a great time. The Seascape resturant was delicious and great view & service. The exhibits were beautiful. So much to see, read & understand. Don't forget to stop by Pua & Tiki of the Pacific vendor and see Sam Puleiku incredible hand made items like my turtle necklace. It's a must go to!! Thanks Maui Ocean Center
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Shorely, a good time for all!
Heather_G, May 2022
Maui Ocean Center Admission Ticket
We absolutely loved the exhibit of the Deep. The 3D Whale movie was also a highlight of our visit. It felt like you were inches away from the enormous gentle giants.
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We Love the Sea
Alika_A, May 2022
Maui Ocean Center Admission Ticket
My twin girls were mesmerized with the up close views of all the same creatures. Highlights were the home and starfish. Of course seeing the “opigi “ on the rocks intrigued them.

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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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