Take a Trip to Maui’s Ocean Center
Here in Maui, the ocean is an inherent part of our life and our ecosystem. It gives us food, fun, and relaxation and is forever enshrined in our culture and the Aloha spirit. We want to share our love of the ocean and all its amazing creatures with you! Interested? Then take your family to the Maui Ocean Center in Maalaea. We like to call the Maui Ocean Center the “Aquarium of Hawaii.” Throughout its many exhibits, the center will show you the vast diversity of life under the water, and you won’t even have to get wet!
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Introducing the Maui Ocean Center
The Maui Ocean Center is Maui’s way of sharing all the wonder of the ocean with our residents and guests. The center was originally opened in 1998 and now includes 60 unique exhibits, along with lots of cool educational programs, shows, and movies. The Maui Ocean Center was listed at one of the Top 25 Best Aquariums in the U.S. by TripAdvisor and is a great outing for the entire family.
Exploring the Exhibits
With over 60 exhibits to explore, it can be hard to really appreciate all that the Maui Ocean Center has to offer in just one day. If you only have a short time to spend at the center, consider exploring its top exhibits.
These include the Open Ocean Exhibit, a 54-foot tunnel that you can walk through. The tunnel is part of a 750,000-gallon tank filled with fascinating marine life. Watch fish and turtles glide all around you as you walk.
Other great exhibits include:
- Turtle lagoon
- Tide pool
- Shallow reef
- Nursery Bay
Throughout the day, specialists at the Maui Ocean Center will perform educational demonstrations at many of these exhibits.
Maui’s oceans are filled with many different forms of sea life that all work together to create a functioning eco-system. You can see many of these creatures living it up at the Maui Ocean Center, including:
- Sea turtles
- Blacktip Reef Sharks
- Angle Fish
- Hermit Crabs
- Sea Cucumbers
- Sting Rays
- Hammerhead Sharks
- Tiger Sharks
- And more
The Maui Ocean Center offers quite a few other attractions to keep you and your family entertained and fed. When you purchase a daily pass, you’ll get access to the Makai Theater, which is always showing cool, educational films.
If you need a break from the exhibits, check out the gift shop, or grab a bite to eat at the award-winning Seascape Restaurant.
If you really want to remember your trip to the aquarium, sign up for a behind-the-scenes tour or for a shark dive. (The shark dive will set you back at least $99.)
The Maui Ocean Center is an affordable way to entertain the entire family and teach your children about the importance of preserving the ocean and all the life within it. As of this writing, daily passes cost:
- $29.95 – Adult
- $19.95 – children ages 3 – 12
- $26.95 – Senior
The aquarium also offers a family package discount, as well as weekly and yearly passes. To learn more about the Maui Ocean Center, buy tickets, or watch its many cool webcams, visit: https://mauioceancenter.com/