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Maui Ocean Center, Wailuku

#1 of 7 in Zoos & Aquariums in Hawaii
Must see · Aquarium · Zoo / Aquarium
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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  • Lots of sea life to see and lots of info to learn about sea life and Hawaii history and culture. We are a family with teens and 5 year old and all had a good time. Food is pricey though.  more »
  • This attraction had a whole lot of people crowded in without mask enforcement. It detracted from our experience greatly.  more »
  • Probably one of the best Aquariums around. Super lay out and content. The children around were so excited. I was excited as an adult to see so much marine life.  more »
  • I was pleasantly surprised. We're from Oregon and have a pretty great aquarium in Newport. The reef section was great, there was a pretty amazing movie on humpback whales (best 3d footage I've seen), and all in all pretty nice. The kids really enjoyed it. We spent about 1.5 hours getting through it all with a 7 and 5 year old who were pretty engaged. We enjoyed the small presentations and videos throughout the aquarium.
  • This isn't on the same scale as the Georgia Aquarium, or Monterrey, or Baltimore, all of which are truly world-class. But the Maui Ocean Center is as nice as any other aquarium I've been to in the U.S., and is very well worth a visit. The $5 extra for the 3-D humpback whale movie is also worthwhile, and make sure you make your way through the tunnel in the Open Ocean building for some up close viewing of sharks, giant rays, and countless fish. Like this review if you had a great time here!
  • This place was pretty cool! Our kids loved it! It’s an outdoor aquarium, with great exhibits, and awesome presentations. They even have a cool 3D humpback whale show within a big dome! Felt like you were right there swimming with the whales! Really beautiful! If you are a local, or plan to be in Maui for more than a week, I would say it’s worth checking out.
  • Great aquarium and sea life place. All the family really liked it. I would advise to take full ticket with 3D whales movie experience. It’s worth it 200% at least once. Overall it’s big and require hour+ of your time to complete, however it has many outdoor things to see, like star fishes pool, sea turtles and fish nursing bay.
  • The shark/ray aquarium and tunnel were great! There were touching pools and numerous other aquariums which contained many different types of fish and eels. There are also very knowledge staff giving 10 to 15 minute presentations at at least 3 of the larger aquariums. The most fascinating thing was a 15 minute 3-D whale movie that took 3 years to film. At times, the whales appeared so close that it seemed as if you could reach out and touch them. It was amazing! There's also a great gift shop and some good "eat" places.

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