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Maui Ocean Center, Wailuku

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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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  • We stopped by here on our way to the airport with a couple hours to spare. Though I thought the admission price was a bit high, the aquarium was beautiful. Everything was super clean, the tanks were f...  more »
  • Read the reviews from other visitors both on TripAdvisor and other websites and feel that this aquarium is much better than the write-ups. The coral reef exhibit is the best I have ever seen. Absolute...  more »
  • We had a entertaining visit. It was nice being in during a rain storm. We were able to see the researchers get the year-old sea turtles and watch as they were measured and inspected by the vet. Our na...  more »
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  • This aquarium is great! We had so much fun, all the fish they have are beautiful, and native to Hawaii, so it was very educational. It was fun to see so many of the same fish I had seen snorkeling earlier that morning! The demonstrations were also really great! We did the touch pool demo where many of the sea stars and urchins were pulled up closer so you could feel them, we did the sea turtle demo where they feed the turtles and talk about their habits and life span, and lastly the live dive into the shark tank! All 3 were awesome and educational! I wish we had come in the morning so we could have seen the rest of the demos since there were quite a few we missed. We were here for about 3.5 hours, I wish we had like 1 more hour here, that would have been just enough time! The entire aquarium was clean, the staff was friendly, and everything to look at was beautiful!
  • This is a decent aquarium, albeit quite expensive for the modest offerings on view ($100 single admission for 2 adults + 2 kids, $240 for a family annual pass). The shark exhibit is quite nice, and the talks by the enthusiastic staff are very informative. A great surprise was the excellent restaurant on the premises which had a lot of sea fare - although not the species on show! Overall I would not recommend for tourists, except on a rainy day or with sufficiently old children that reading the exhibit text pays off. On another note, getting an annual pass and leveraging it as a weekend playground for a local family is a great deal!
  • As a marine biologist based out of Hawai'i Island, I was very impressed with the quality and educational focus of Maui Ocean Center. Elyssa and the other underwater naturalists did a great job explaining facts and vulnerabilities of our reefs, and achievable action guests can make. I really enjoyed seeing some of the more uncommon endemic species also found at the aquarium! I really enjoyed the 750,000 gallon open ocean exhibit, especially the opportunity to dive in the exhibit! If you are a certified diver, I STRONGLY recommend doing this experience! Scott and the rest of the dive staff gave a great education that led to an awesome dive. It's an incredible value getting admission for 2 to the aquarium, a dive with 19 sharks, t-shirt and souvenirs! When you plan your visit to Maui Ocean Center, book through Noodle the manager at Boss Frogs Maalaea Harbor! He gave incredible customer service and for less than the price of 1 day admission, I got a week pass with a free souvenir too! Noodle is the best!
  • Wonderful aquarium; so fun for the kids. The place is extensive enough to spend several hours, but not so big you feel like you can't see it all. They don't have dolphins or any marine mammals because of regulations against keeping them in captivity; but plenty of reef fish, sharks, tuna, shrimp, seahorses, turtles, jellies, and an awesome octopus whom we were lucky enough to watch display his camouflage capabilities. For the mammals, they have great, interactive displays especially on whales, which were fun and informative. The deep-sea tunnel is stunning. We learned a lot. Recommend going before you snorkel; you will get more out of snorkeling, knowing more about the fish you're seeing!
  • My kids and I love the ocean center!!! We have a season family pass, and spend time here often. I am marine dork, so I enjoy the many different species on display. The staff are kind and informative, and often there are activities for the kids. Last time we were there, we participated in a book reading and my youngest made a whale puppet. The restaurant on site has great food too!
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