Maui Ocean Center Aquarium in Maui, HI

192 Ma’alaea Rd.Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793
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Overview

A three-acre, state-of-the-art aquarium and marine park, Maui Ocean Center offers a family-friendly and educational experience for guests of all ages. The center is home to 60 self-guided, interactive exhibits with a variety of fish indigenous or endemic to Hawaii, such as Scarlet Cleaner Shrimp, Spotted Eagle Ray, Reef Triggerfish, Flowery Flounder, Red Hawaiian Reef Lobster, and more.

up to 2.5 hrs 1 or more people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Wailuku, Maui Travel Experts
  • Aquarium includes indoor and outdoor exhibits and attractions.
  • Last entry to the aquarium is at 4:30 pm.
  • Outside food and beverages are prohibited at the aquarium for the safety of guests and animals alike.
  • Complimentary guest parking is available.
  • Allot about 2 hours to explore the entire aquarium.

Description

from Maui Ocean Center - The Hawaiian Aquarium
Voted Hawaii's "Top Family Attraction"
From the smallest coral polyp to the seven-foot sandbar shark, the intricate wonders of Hawai'i's ocean are showcased in over 60 indoor and outdoor exhibits at Maui Ocean Center. Each exhibit features marine animals living in habitats closely resembling their own natural environment.

Humpbacks of Hawaii Exhibit & Sphere
Maui Ocean Center’s Sphere breaks the deep-sea barrier and brings you eye-to-eye with Maui’s humpback whales in their realm beneath the waves. Discover the dynamic life, journeys, and social bonds of these intelligent and spiritual creatures under the sea in the first-of-its-kind 3D Sphere, only at Maui Ocean Center.

Developed, produced, and directed by Daniel Opitz of Ocean Mind, the film includes footage from two seasons in the waters around Maui.

The Living Reef
Over 40 realistically-designed exhibits take you on a journey from the rocky surge zone to the edge of the deep reef. See rarely encountered marine creatures: moray eels, octopus, lobsters, sea horses, nocturnal fish and much more!

Turtle Lagoon
Get up close and personal with Hawaiian green sea turtles at this outdoor two-view exhibit. See the animals from above the water, as they surface to breathe, or from a below-viewing window for a unique view of these beloved creatures. Maui Ocean Center's sea turtles are part of a hatch-and-release program and will eventually be released in the wild.

Hawaiians and the Sea
This exhibit is dedicated to the rich culture of the first Hawaiians on the Islands. They try to have their guests experience what it’s like to take a step into the past. Discover captivating artifacts, traditional tools, and intricate artwork that showcase the profound relationship between Hawaiians and the sea. Gain a deeper understanding of their sustainable fishing practices, navigation techniques, and legends surrounding marine life.

Kaho'olawe: History and Healing
Kaho‘olawe has long been a sacred and storied place for Native Hawaiians. Steeped in cultural and historical significance, the uninhabited island was once a center for celestial navigation training, agriculture, and spiritual practice. Kaho‘olawe’s modern history is marked by an era of intense U.S. military target practice and the Native Hawaiian movement to reclaim and restore the island.

Maui Ocean Center unveiled Kaho‘olawe: A Story of History and Healing to commemorate the sacred island’s past, present, and future.

The Open Ocean
A 54-foot-long clear acrylic tunnel transports you through this underwater realm, providing a 240-degree view of nearly 2,000 fishes, while stingrays slide overhead and sharks look visitors in the eye. This 750,000-gallon salt-water aquarium is the largest in the state.

Maui Ocean Center - The Hawaiian Aquarium Reviews

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July 2018
The Aquariam is a very informative and fun 0lace to visit. Don't leave Hawaii without seeing it!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Maui Ocean Center - The Hawaiian Aquarium

How much is parking?
Parking is complimentary and available in front of the Maui Ocean Center off Hwy 30.

How long do I need to plan for a visit to Maui Ocean Center?
The average visit to Maui Ocean Center lasts about 2 hours. Plan to stay longer if you wish to enjoy lunch at the Seascape Ma‘alaea Restaurant or Reef Café, or spend time browsing through the amazing collection of retail items at the Maui Ocean Treasures gift shop.

What time is the last entry?
Maui Ocean Center allows entry until closing. However, please be aware that all buildings will close promptly at 5:00 pm (or 6:00 pm with extended summer hours in July and August). Please a lot yourself enough time to view exhibits and presentations at your own pace.

Is the aquarium outdoors or indoors?
Approximately 75% of the Aquarium exhibits are indoors and air conditioned, making it the perfect attraction for anyone, anytime! Located in Ma‘alaea Harbor, the Aquarium also provides spectacular ocean views.

Do you have any scheduled shows or feedings?
Maui Ocean Center displays the animals in our care in realistic, natural environments and the animals are fed according to their needs, therefore feedings and shows are not offered.

Do you have strollers or wheelchairs available?
Wheelchairs are available on a first come, first served basis. Maui Ocean Center is ADA compliant. Strollers are currently not available.

Can I get into the gift shop without paying admission?
Yes! For entrance to Maui Ocean Treasure gift shop, you may enter through the Front Gate.

Can I get into the restaurant without paying admission?
Yes! To enjoy a delicious lunch at Seascape Ma‘alaea Restaurant, you may enter through the side entrance adjacent to the Ma‘alaea Harbor Shops.

Do you have audio guides available?
Yes, they are available at the Front Gate. It’s like having your own personal tour guide with you and we highly recommend them. Audio guides are $3.00 for a single unit or $8.00 for 3-6 units and are available in English.

Do you have a dress code?
Yes, shirt and shoes are required at all times and all clothing appropriate for a family environment.

Do you have a smoking policy?
In accordance with Hawai‘i state law, Maui Ocean Center is a smoke-free facility. With your admission receipt, you can exit the Front Gate and smoke outside of the facility, at least 30ft from any windows or doors, and return to the Aquarium.

Are pets allowed?
No, only leashed service animals are allowed.

Can I bring drinks or outside food?
For your safety, absolutely no outside food or beverage (of any type) are allowed at Maui Ocean Center. No coolers allowed. Exceptions can be made for infants and school groups (with prior approval) and those with special medical needs; see a Front Gate attendant. Please, no chewing gum.

Can I take photos and video?
Photography and video are permitted throughout the park for personal enjoyment only.