Maui Ocean Center, Wailuku, Hawaii

192 Maalaea Rd, Wailuku, Hawaii 96793

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Aside from a luau, there are few more quintessentially Hawaiian vacation ideas than a trip to the Maui Ocean Center to visit the largest live coral displays in the nation. It's a perfect introduction to the islands, especially if your family plans to spend any time snorkeling, scuba diving or swimming at Maui's beaches. Best of all, this tropical reef aquarium has enough animals to keep even the youngest and busiest members of your family entertained all afternoon. When you plan a Wailuku family vacation for animal lovers, this is a must-see location.

There are tons of family attractions in Wailuku, but few do a better job celebrating Hawaiian culture and ecology than the Maui Ocean Center. The aquarium houses an impressive collection of live coral and native, underwater wildlife. The Hawaii Marine Adventure is a fun, self-guided scavenger hunt that helps kids take in the best exhibits and even learn a thing or two about the ocean. There is no better tropical reef aquarium in the world for a budding marine biologist! If there is a birthday or reason for a party, the aquarium can help you plan an unforgettable celebration, just contact the staff before your trip to make arrangements.

The Maui Ocean Center Aquarium keeps normal hours all year. Open from nine in the morning until five in the evening, it's easy to swing by after a morning on the beach. The facility is open even later during the months of July and August. Maui Ocean Center's hours extend until six during the busy season. Plan to visit the touch-pools outside and take an audio tour of the rest. Most visits take about two hours, but your family might want to stay longer to make use of the two restaurants inside before heading back to one of the kid-friendly hotels nearby the Maui Ocean Center .

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Address: 192 Maalaea Rd, Wailuku, Hawaii 96793

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Phone: 808-270-7000
Hours: Mon-Sun 9 am - 5 pm; open until 6 pm in July and August. More Info
Price: Adults (13-64): $25.50; Children (3-12): $18.50; Seniors (65+): $22.50; Children under 3: Free More Info

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Submitted by: N B.

Not a aquarium one would picture like in California and other locales, but had some interesting exhibits. I would say it's more of a place to go with your kids. As adults with no kids it was interesting enough but wouldn't go out of my way to visit as a must see on maui. I was impressed with the...

Submitted by: Jyoti C.

OK..I really feel the admission fees is high..I understand its not California or Monterey Bay Aquarium..but still, I mean sure there are Green Hawaiian Sea Turtles..but I saw one up-close in Turtle Town when snorkeling! Sure sure I also understand it's got it's own charm and blah blah..but unless you have kids to entertain I would avoid..And Yes I did avoid!! I had heard so much about the gift store, so I really wanted to check it out, without having to shell out 50$ for the 2 of us..So I went up to the kind lady at the desk and asked her if I could get an admission to just go check out the gift store..Lo and Behold they have a green colored band meant only for guests who would like to spend time in their co...

Submitted by: Olga T.

YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME IF YOU'RE GIVING THIS PLACE 5 stars!!!! This is such a tourist trap and after paying $50 bucks to get in I wanted my money back. This is a sad excuse for an aquarium and ye...

Submitted by: Jolie P.

Eh, I was pretty disappointed by this place. It's probably because I'm spoiled by living so close to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, but there really were a lot of things that needed updating and care. Hammerhead Harbor was cloudy and you could barely see any of the sharks, who stay all the way in the back. Turtle Lagoon consisted of about 4 turtles. The octopus was MIA, and the tide pools had very minimal creatures in them. But I do admit the reefs were beautiful, I've owned tanks for years so I can really appreciate these things of beauty. The corals were just gorgeous. I did feel like the variety of fish got kind of monotonous, which I should understand is because they specialize in native fish of Hawaii. I di...

Submitted by: v p.

Its a very small aquarium so we were in and out in a little over an hour with a stop at the gift shop. Get there early and theres plenty of parking and not crowded. Its pricey to g...

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