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Maui Ocean Center, Wailuku

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#1 of 7 in Zoos & Aquariums in Hawaii
Must see · Aquarium · Zoo / Aquarium
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Get a close-up view of Hawaii’s diverse marine life at Maui Ocean Center. This aquarium has recreated Hawaii’s ocean ecosystem and hosts only animals that naturally occur in the region. Gain a deeper understanding of the islands’ rich underwater world from more than 60 exhibits and information displays. Explore the Open Ocean exhibit, which features a 240-degree-view acrylic tunnel through a 2.8 million l (750,000 gal) tank. You’ll feel like you’re walking the ocean floor as y+F16ou watch sharks, stingrays, and thousands of tropical reef fish. Certified divers can even swim in the massive tank. To visit Maui Ocean Center and get the most from your holiday in Wailuku, create itinerary details personal to you using our Wailuku road trip planning tool.
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  • I came to enjoy a visit with my daughter but was told I could not pay with cash. What the heck is this about? Local families are often using cash rather than credit cards. This facility is... 
    I came to enjoy a visit with my daughter but was told I could not pay with cash. What the heck is this about? Local families are often using cash rather than credit cards. This facility is...  more »
  • Nice that the aquarium is there ~ but many of the sea creatures seem confined in cement bath tubs. Some no larger then a home aquarium. Needs a major overhaul..felt sorry for alot of the marine life.....  more
    Nice that the aquarium is there ~ but many of the sea creatures seem confined in cement bath tubs. Some no larger then a home aquarium. Needs a major overhaul..felt sorry for alot of the marine life.....  more »
  • Perfect way to spend an afternoon Not busy and loads of different displays to see and a ton of information 
    Perfect way to spend an afternoon Not busy and loads of different displays to see and a ton of information  more »
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  • Beautiful center filled with phenomenal displays, a theater, and amazing aquariums and a glass tunnel where fish and sea-life swim around and over. The 14-minute humpback whale 3D film experience is breathtaking and powerful. You can almost touch the whales swimming in front of you in your comfy reclining seats (and viewing is part of the ticket cost). Live sharks, fish, turtles, and sting rays are abundant… and the property and vistas are majestic of both the mountain side with the huge wind turbines and the harbor and Pacific Ocean. The Hawaiian history and marine life educational films and displays were insightful. The gift shop is one of the most robust I’ve been in. Clean bathrooms. A nice coffee and snack shop. Lots of benches and seating. Ample parking.
  • Incredible! The humpback experience alone was worth the price of admission. When you pay to park, get the max and take time to check out the shops and restaurants in the village. Wear sunscreen as many of the exhibits are outdoors. We're a family of 4 (both kids under 8) and the kids both had a great time. The shark tunnel was really cool and we happened to get there right at feeding time! Everyone we encountered was helpful and friendly. Highly recommend.
  • One of the best aquariums I’ve ever been to. I love the connections and stories they provide in relation to Hawaiian culture, heritage, and history. The gift shop is phenomenal - so many unique items, including coloring books made by a local artist. The touch tank had wonderful sea creatures all harmless and interesting to touch - including starfish, sea cucumber, and sea urchin). Would def go back, and try to see their feeding times (I missed all of these because we couldn’t find the times to plan around then and we ended up going in the afternoon so we didn’t have as much time to be able to see any, and there were limited available at that time frame).
  • Small venue filled with great exhibits and informative films. Must buy tickets online ahead and make reservations. It can take as little as 45 minutes to 'run' through the Aquarium but take your time and learn more about the various unique species of aquatic life that live amongst the Hawaiian waters. Enjoy a refreshing smoothie or lunch at the restaurant before continuing through the rest of the Aquarium. We took our time and enjoyed over two hours of sea life and dessert at the Café.
  • Great place to learn about the ocean and the history of Hawaii. The fish tanks are beautiful. It has a tide pool where you can touch star fish and other sea animals. The best part is the shark tunnel where sharks can swim over your head and under your feet. Awesome place for families, couples or by yourself.

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