Maui Ocean Center Aquarium in Maui, HI

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

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.


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.

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.

Hammerhead Harbor
Come eye to eye with hammerhead sharks, known for their amazing shapes and unique predatory hunting maneuvers.

The Tide Pool
Get a hands-on feel for Hawaii's invertebrates at the Tide Pool. Constructed in the form of an ocean rock pool, the Tide Pool holds a variety of harmless marine animals.

Marine Mammal Discovery Center
See the world from a whale's point of view! The new exhibit retains a few of the humpback whale displays, while several new features focus on the various species of dolphins and whales found in Hawaiian waters, plus the state's most endangered marine mammal, the monk seal. The 3,000 square-foot exhibit includes several interactive displays and graphic boards on marine mammals, life-size models of a monk seal mother and pup in a realistic beach setting, and the most dynamic new exhibit, the Bubble Net.

Sea Jelly Gallery
Watch moon jellies as they appear to dance before your eyes in a stunning floor-to-ceiling cylinder, perhaps the aquarium's most soothing exhibit. Their gentle pulsating and pumping prevents the jellies from sinking while increasing the likelihood of it capturing prey in its stinging tentacles.

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.

Discover & Dine Deluxe Package:
Free week upgrade, Stingray Lunch (restaurant operating hours from 11:00 am - 2:30 pm daily), Endless Cup and Souvenir Photo (for Adults & Seniors) and child's gift (for Children).

Tripster Customer Reviews

Susan Jones
Corpus Christi, TX
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"The Hawaiian Aquarium"
July 2018
The Aquariam is a very informative and fun 0lace to visit. Don't leave Hawaii without seeing it!
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"700 whales each day but almost none for us!"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed January 18, 2020 NEW
The staff were kind, the boat was nice, but I guess it just was not our lucky day. Despite it being whale season (2nd week of January), and even though staff on board said that 700+ whales were being sighted each day, we saw almost none. There were a few very distant spouts. It felt like we wasted a significant portion of the trip going to shallow water to drop their special microphone into the water so we could hear whale sounds-- Since it was a short trip and we'd had almost no sightings, I would have preferred to spend this time getting closer to the whales -- they could have simply played us a recording of whale sounds. Finally in the very end on the way back we saw a couple of breaches in the distance, so that was exciting and made the trip feel worthwhile. But it seems to me that with their expertise and the amount of whales being sighted each day, we could/would/should have seen more. Two hours was probably too little time to zero in on these elusive creatures. Overall a disappointment -- the least exciting of whale watching trips I've been on.
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"Such a Gem!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 17, 2020 NEW
We did the Behind the Scenes tour. Make a reservation in advance. Our guide was Carrie. She was awesome!! She was very knowledgeable and made the entire tour a very memorable experience.
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Gary A
"Fun Day"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 15, 2020 NEW
Enjoyed the park! We did the backstage tour and really enjoyed it!! Very informative and guide was very good!
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Edward B
"Maui Ocean Center Shark Dive"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 15, 2020 NEW
This excellent experience borders on sometime as best described as being of a spiritual nature. I first did this dive in 2012 and now again in 2020...and it was the same feeling! Being in such close contact with the sharks, seeing them actually come near our group of divers, without any attempt to show aggressiveness toward us, is what made the amazing feeling of connection to these creatures. The diving staff, Brendon and Josh, backed up by admin support by Frances, was outstanding. Truly the best dive experience that I have had personally, and I have dived for over 20 years.
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"Dive into the underwater world"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 14, 2020 NEW
My wife and I liked the setting very much. Beside the basins with all the creatures - some of them were unknown to us - there is a lot of information. Subject to the condition, that you have time to read all the information and watch the movies. We spent 4 to 5 hours in the ocean center and it was not boring. Of course with children, you will not have the time and patience to read and watch through all the information - but also with kids it is fun. They are more focused on the creatures, of course. The 3D movie with the whale is short, yes - but still mind-blowing. You have the feeling to touch the whale, if you raise your hand. If you look carefully in some magazines and info brochures, you can find discount coupons, which save you 5 USD per ticket. But you have to register each visitor separately, otherwise you get only one time 5 USD per registration. If you register your whole family in one registration, you get only 5 USD. If you do it for each one separately, you get the discount for every family member.
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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.