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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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  • This was a great way to spend most of a morning and afternoon with the grandkids! We picked up our tickets online which made it nice to have something planned. We ate breakfast out, and came on down t...  more »
  • Great aquarium! The turtles were my favorite part :) the underwater tunnel was also amazing!!! Definitely a must-visit if you’re going to Maui  more »
  • Good live coral exhibits with large glass enclosures of sharks and Ulua and other local and pelagic fish. Wonderful outdoor restaurant with very good quality food. Try the Fish Tacos or Seafood Cobb s...  more »
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  • Has some neat fish. Prices not too bad. Would be great for a family with kids. Not a fan of the tide pool. Must be thousands of people a day with suntan lotion petting the starfish and such. Gift shop prices steep. As a diver I still thought it was a good experience to go at least once. They might be adding on to it soon.
  • Great place. It's small but plenty to see. They have most local aquatic life you might see while swimming or snorkeling off shore. Snack bar wasn't great but the staff was friendly and knowledgeable. If you enjoy this sort of thing it's a great way to spend a day on the island if you want a break from beach but might be hard to keep kids entertained if they are not into sea life.
  • Nice aquarium habitat. Perfect for those that can't snorkel or scuba and get a chance to see the types of marine creatures that inhabit the local waters. They had a tiger shark in the big aquarium when I went and they said they were going to release it soon before it got too big. They also had some rays that were decent sizes. All in all its a good experience especially for little kids. Plan to spend around 2 hours to really appreciate the beauty of the marine life.
  • I visited this splendid aquarium with my family and we all had a blast. It's not an enormous place, but you can easily spend 3-4 hours here. It is well laid out; you basically follow one path, which leads you through the entire set of exhibits. Some of the "shows" are a little challenging to see because they become a bit crowded (e.g. the turtle feeding), but no biggie. We had lunch in the restaurant, which was an unexpectedly nice surprise with great food and friendly service. A second unexpected surprise was the gift shop, which is one of the best we found in Maui. Don't miss it if you are looking for any souvenirs -- they don't just carry "aquarium-related" items; they have all sorts of things representative of Maui.
  • We had a blast! This place was way more elaborate than I thought. The tanks were amazing, and filled with all kinds of sea life we don't see in WI. It's super easy to get to. We went really early on a Sunday morning and it wasn't very busy, got prime parking. Next time we vacation on Maui we'll visit again.
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