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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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Maui Ocean Center Admission Ticket
Maui Ocean Center Admission Ticket
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$38.59 per adult
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Adventures with Jenna and Johnny
We really enjoyed Jenna and Johnny the crew were very informative and knowledgeable of the islands and what happens with the whales it was a really fun trip
Sandy_G, Dec 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Maui

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The whale 3D show. The...
Linda_M, Nov 2021
Maui Ocean Center Admission Ticket
The whale 3D show. The animals were all fun to see and the whole place is so clean and animals look very well cared for.
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Outstanding
David_L, Oct 2021
Maui Ocean Center Admission Ticket
Very nice place. Super clean and friendly people. Had a great time. Probably spent about 3 hours here. Whale 3D movie was life changing. Wish it was longer. Mahalo
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Viator should reply to their customers when they have questions
Kami_S, Dec 2021
Maui Ocean Center Admission Ticket
Maui ocean center 5 stars Viator 0 stars Definitely check out the aquarium but don't get your tickets from viator our reservation got messed up while booking and nobody bothered to answer when I messaged or called for help, it was super annoying. Luckily the aquarium was very understanding about the mix up and let us go in.
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Travel with a 3 year old!
christiestilson, Sep 2021
Maui Ocean Center Admission Ticket
The manta rays. Did not get see the theater. Our 3 year old's favorite things were the guy cleaning a small tank and the submarines. And the play park!!! Lots to see for adults!!
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3D Ocean experience
Anthony_P, Aug 2021
Maui Ocean Center Admission Ticket
One of our highly recommended places to see in Maui. Beautiful place and memorable experience. Family with children will surely enjoy. Knowledgeable staffs and clean facilities.
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Nice!
Leona_L, Jul 2021
Maui Ocean Center Admission Ticket
Great variety of sea life native to the islands. Facility was very clean and staff were so nice. Would recommend others stop if for the experience.
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Great place and responsible cost
BobbiC77, Jun 2021
Maui Ocean Center Admission Ticket
Great aquarium. Loved the 3D whale encounter theater. The Ted Ed jelly fish video was extremely informative. The tanks are so clean and well maintained
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Adventures with Jenna and Johnny
Sandy_G, Dec 2021
Maui Ocean Center Admission Ticket
We really enjoyed Jenna and Johnny the crew were very informative and knowledgeable of the islands and what happens with the whales it was a really fun trip
star-4
Nice experience at the Maui Ocean Center
Charles_W, Dec 2021
Maui Ocean Center Admission Ticket
The 3D humpback whale experience was great, as were the various aquariums. The tunnel under water was a great way to see the fish.
star-5
Great Place to Visit!!
Tamara_A, Jul 2021
Maui Ocean Center Admission Ticket
Loved everything about the Maui Ocean Center!! Would definitely visit again!!! Was one of the best aquariums I have ever seen!!!
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Go for the 3D whale watching
Shruti_E, Dec 2021
Maui Ocean Center Admission Ticket
The aquarium did not meet my expectations but I enjoyed the 3D whale watching experience was amaaazzingggg.!!
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Love the whales
Ann_J, Dec 2021
Maui Ocean Center Admission Ticket
I loved the 3D humpback whale movie experience. So wonderful. It was great to know that all of the fish on exhibit had been cultivated from Maui waters.

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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