Maui Ocean Center
Maui Ocean Center
4.5
Speciality & Gift ShopsCultural ToursReefsAquariumsNature & Wildlife Tours
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Named “Top 10 Aquariums in the World” by TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards, Maui Ocean Center is the premier destination to encounter and learn about Hawaii’s marine life. Home to one of the world’s largest displays of live Pacific corals, the Aquarium exhibits only marine life found in Hawaiian waters including tropical fish, sea turtles, sharks, stingrays, octopuses, sea jellies, and more. The Aquarium highlights the beauty of Hawaii’s undersea world while perpetuating the deep connection between the Hawaiian people and the sea. The Aquarium’s mission is to foster understanding, wonder, and respect for Hawaii’s marine life.
Wailuku, United States
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(1,248 reviews)

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Sherryl O
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The aquarium is beautiful. The tanks were clean and easy to view. We especially enjoyed the 3D whale show and the turtles feeding. This was an excellent way to learn about the marine life of Hawaii
Written February 27, 2024
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AkamaiNick4SW
Maui133,220 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Took a break from work one day, and popped over to the Ocean Center for the afternoon. As always, a wonderful and interesting experience.

The facility is kept very clean, and the layout makes for good "traffic flow" near and around the exhibits. Each time I go, I see something new.

The whale sphere is incredible! Don't miss it.
Written February 19, 2024
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glebo
Marco Island, FL145 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Very nice and informative experience. There are no whales nor any dolphins. They do not hurt these creatures!. But a fun 3-D movie on the whales. Took us about an hour or a bit longer to wander through the buildings.
Written February 19, 2024
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Sherry E
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We spent a few hours at the Ocean center and really enjoyed the humpback whale show in the 3D sphere. It was unforgettable. The gift shop was very nice and had gorgeous t-shirts up to size 4X. There was a nice little shopping area right next door.
Written February 17, 2024
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Nrsenic
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
The humpback 3D experience was amazing and I wish it was longer. The aquarium/Ocean center is small but loved seeing the different exhibits. Don’t forget to stop by the art tables and makes yourself something to take home!
Written February 13, 2024
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Harley W
11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Beautiful aquarium., but not the best we have ever been to. The highlight is the 3 D experience with the humpback whales. That was the most memorable part of the visit.
Written February 10, 2024
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IrishFan-80
Lancaster, PA4,722 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Our first time here and yes it is pricey especially without parking included. We enjoyed most of the displays… the coral and local fish were amazing.
We expected more from the Sphere whale movie.
Not really sure why the one display needed to get political. History does not change. But yes proud the US Navy is cleaning up bomb sites. Makes all of us proud to be Americans!
Written February 3, 2024
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Quinn
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
One of the visual highlights of our trip. The 3D sphere was a wonderful experience. The walk through the various exhibits was well worth the expense.
Written January 31, 2024
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Christi S
North Richland Hills, TX36 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We were excited to go to the aquarium. The price is steep at $55.00 a person. The ticket salesperson we dealt with was not really nice. Not someone who should be in customer service. It was painful for her to direct us. We did enjoy the aquarium and especially liked the black tip shark talk. For people unfamiliar a “sign” stating “blacktip” is not very explanatory. You may want to add the word “shark” so people have a better understanding. The other talks were also good. We spent about two hours there and saw everything. The Whale “movie” was different but not as good as we would have thought it too be based on the buildup. If you had to make a choice between paying for whale watching or the aquarium, go whale watching.
Written January 29, 2024
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Elizabeth H
Doylestown, PA55 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
The Ocean Center was neat to see, but not worth the $50.00 for one adult admission. Maybe my hopes were too high because it is Hawaii's aquarium but it left a lot to be desired. They show whales on their website and in their ad, but when you get there they explain that law doesn't permit them to have whales, it is a digital exhibit. Had I read the fine print and seen that there weren't any live whales there I would have skipped it.
Written January 23, 2024
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