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Maui Ocean Center
Maui Ocean Center

Maui Ocean Center

192 Maalaea Road, Wailuku, Hawaii, 96793

The Basics

The Maui Ocean Center, known as the Aquarium of Hawaii, offers an interactive, educational, and cultural experience. Delve into the underwater world of humpback whales at the Humpbacks of Hawaii Exhibit and Sphere, a 3D viewing experience and one of the aquarium’s top attractions. View sharks, observe coral reef systems, marvel at green sea turtles, and learn about the history and culture of Hawaii in the center’s many exhibits.

For a deeper dive into the aquarium, join a behind-the-scenes tour with a marine naturalist. Or, literally dive below the surface on a scuba diving excursion inside the Open Ocean tank. Sharks and stingrays are just some of the many sea creatures you might encounter on your dive.

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$39.95 per adult
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Very informative put together very well. We will be back again next year. Great place to learn. ******???
Jim_P, Jan 2023

Recent reviews from experiences in Maui

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Our visit
Courtney_S, Oct 2022
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Great time, clean place, friendly staff! Beautiful sharks! Pricey treasures in the shop. Kids enjoyed seeing all the sea life.
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Amazing time!
Michelle_R, Sep 2022
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We had a red eye flight out of Maui the evening we went to the aquarium! It was a perfect, beautiful way to spend some or last moments in Maui. The aquarium is so incredibly clean and cared for! Such beautiful exhibits! The humpback whale show is a MUST! Incredible!
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A must see for adults
Faith_C, Aug 2022
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Very clean and great exhibits and staff. Best gift shop on Maui. My sister and I loved it. Restsurant has superb fresh food worth the price.
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Lindsey_A, Jan 2023
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The aquarium was a great highlight of our time in Hawaii. It was nice there was no set time limit and we were able to take our time going through all the areas of the aquarium!
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Fun and memorable experience
ronaland_f, Nov 2022
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The most memorable part of the maui ocean center was watching the sharks, jellyfish and sting rays through the glass barrier.
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Great day at the Aquarium
Victor_M, Jan 2023
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3d video of humpback whales was incredible. We enjoyed the lunch on site as well. We were able to witness a mother and baby humpback whales while eating lunch.
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The whale movie was...
Pat_C, Jan 2023
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The whale movie was amazing. It was quite the sight to see the whale up close and personal. Our kids thought the 3d was amazing and very real life
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The whale 3d movie. ...
Stephanie_P, Jan 2023
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The whale 3d movie. Shark tank was also very interesting. Beautiful setting and great educational experience for everyone
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Family fun and educational
Donna_L, Jan 2023
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The whale immersion program was amazing. We learned so much about the animals. I would highly recommend.
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Great place to go when you need a break from the sun
Crystal_S, Jan 2023
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Very educational and we loved every part of the aquarium. It’s a must see for sure!! The ending show was amazing
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Victoria_S, Sep 2022
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We enjoyed our visit to the Maui Ocean Center. The humpback whale film was amazing! Loved the turtle & shark exhibits.
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Ocean Center = best
Donna_C, Jan 2023
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The Ocean Center is the best activity on Maui for families. A lot to see and learn, go at your own pace. Great gift shop.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The aquarium is a must-visit for marine-life enthusiasts who want to learn about the island and its ecosystems.

  • Sphere admission is included in the Aquarium PLUS package.

  • The on-site Seascape Restaurant serves Hawaiian fare with views overlooking the ocean. Outside food is not permitted at the center.

  • The center is wheelchair accessible and easy to navigate with a stroller.

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How to Get There

Maui Ocean Center is located about a 15-minute’s drive from Wailuku. Take HI-30 (Honoapiʻilani Highway) South to Kapoli Street in Maalaea and follow signs for Maui Ocean Center. To avoid the hassle of driving, visit the museum on a guided tour or a hop-on hop-off bus tour.

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When to Get There

The Maui Ocean Center is open daily and a great rainy day activity. Arrive early to secure parking and explore the aquarium before the crowds.

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Shark Diving in the Open Ocean Tank

While it is rare for scuba divers to encounter sharks while diving in the waters surrounding Maui, shark sightings are central to a diving excursion at the Maui Ocean Center. The center offers scuba diving adventures for certified divers in its vast Open Ocean exhibit. The tank features up to five species of sharks, as well as stingrays and fish. Non-divers can watch the divers and sharks through the exhibit’s observation tunnel.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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