Maui Ocean Center


Come face-to-face with Hawaii's unique marine life

Experience the relaxed indoor-outdoor setting of The Hawaiian Aquarium. Our friendly marine naturalists are available to answer questions and to share fascinating fish facts and ocean stories with guests. Explore Hawaiian waters - from the active surge zone, to the shallow reefs to the vast open ocean - without ever getting wet, and encounter native fish, Hawaiian green sea turtles, 6 species of sharks, and more.

The Aquarium allows guests to conveniently explore Hawaii's underwater world without ever getting wet. It is home to the world's largest collection of live Pacific corals, faithfully replicating thriving marine ecosystems in every exhibit. A mix of over 60 indoor-outdoor exhibits allow guests to discover Hawaii's marine life in a single day that would otherwise take a lifetime of exploration to see. Venture through the 750,000-gallon Open Ocean Exhibit featuring a 54 ft walk-through tunnel, observe Hawaiian green sea turtles from two views, and see some of the oceans most elusive creatures up close.  Aptly named The Aquarium of Hawaii, Maui Ocean Center is dedicated to perpetuating the Hawaiian culture and the relationship that exists between the Hawaiian people and the sea.

CENTER features
  • The Living Reef - one of the few aquariums in the world with live coral on display
  • Turtle Lagoon - Get up close and personal with Hawaiian green sea turtles at this outdoor two-view exhibit
  • Hammerhead Harbor - Nicknamed the "nursery" shark pups and stingrays live here until their ready to move tot he Open Ocean exhibit.
  • The Tide Pool - Get a hands-on feel for Hawaii's invertebrates at the Tide Poo
  • Marine Mammal Discovery Center - View interpretive displays of the humpback whale and dolphins that are found in Hawaiian waters, plus the endangered Hawaiian monk sea
  • Hawaiians and the Sea - Explore the close relationship between the ancient Hawaiians and the Pacific Ocean in this inspiring exhibit
  • Sea Jelly Gallery - Watch moon jellies as they appear to dance before your eyes in a stunning floor-to-ceiling cylinder
  • The Open Ocean - A 54-foot-long clear acrylic tunnel transports you through this 750,000-gallon underwater realm

Behind-the-Scenes Tour +$14.95
Dive into new depths of knowledge with a Marine Naturalist-led tour! Tours are approximately 1-hour long. Learn about the endangered Hawaiian green sea turtle and discover fascinating facts about the most misunderstood denizen of the deep - the shark - on this hour-long marine naturalist-guided tour. You'll have the rare opportunity to sneak a peek behind-the-scenes and participate in a feeding at the Turtle Lagoon and Hammerhead Harbor!

Time Park is open 9am to 5pm
Open until 6pm in July and August
Duration 2 hours
Location Ma'alaea

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Cancellation Policy

24 hour cancellation notice required.

Last Minute Bookings

Please be aware that these bookings are subject to confirmation. If this is a same-day or next-day booking, there is a reasonable chance this will not be confirmed. For bookings that are confirmed, there will be no cancellations or refunds.


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- Apr 2018 -

MarthaMary Warren

The island of Maui's aquarium. Easy to get to off the highway, the construction made it hard to find. Fun for the whole family. Great to learn about the creatures of the sea before snorkeling. Cafeteria had many options including Dole Whip. Well kept tide pool to feel the starfish and sea cucumbers. My favorite part of the experience was the shark tank and tunnel. A staff member scuba dives and talks to the audience, which was a great show and the staffed taught me many factors about the animals. The gift shop is huge and can be a one stop shop for all the souvenirs a tourist would want.

- May 2018 -

Samantha Whiteside

A Maui must see! We just returned from a trip to Maui and loved every minute of it. The Ocean Centre was a highlight of the trip. We participated in the "behind the scenes" tour and it did not disappoint. The small tours are in addition to the admission fee, but we found the $15 USD/person was more than reasonable. Our guide took us into the lab where we were educated on the aquarium's sustainability and reef rehabilitation programs. The wet lab was smaller than we expected, but we still appreciated the opportunity to learn about the aquarium management and release programs. We then fed the sea turtles and the residents of nursery bay. As a scientist it was an amazing opportunity. As an added bonus, the guide recorded which turtles and sharks ate for the aquarium's records, which added a level of validity to the tour. We toured the facility on our own in the morning for approximately 2-hours, which was plenty of time, then went on the small group tour. However, as the day progressed more people arrived, so you may need more time later in the day. They also provided a wheelchair to a member of our group free of charge, whom had been injured the day before. This was an amazing service and the building was very accessible, which meant we were all able to enjoy the tour.

- Mar 2018 -

Jamie Down

This aquarium is great! We had so much fun, all the fish they have are beautiful, and native to Hawaii, so it was very educational. It was fun to see so many of the same fish I had seen snorkeling earlier that morning! The demonstrations were also really great! We did the touch pool demo where many of the sea stars and urchins were pulled up closer so you could feel them, we did the sea turtle demo where they feed the turtles and talk about their habits and life span, and lastly the live dive into the shark tank! All 3 were awesome and educational! I wish we had come in the morning so we could have seen the rest of the demos since there were quite a few we missed. We were here for about 3.5 hours, I wish we had like 1 more hour here, that would have been just enough time! The entire aquarium was clean, the staff was friendly, and everything to look at was beautiful!

- May 2018 -

Jenna Scarbrough

We loved the Maui Ocean Center! We got a private lunch, took lots of pictures and saw lots of unique fish. My husband loves aquarium so he really wanted to go here on our trip. Their little shop had lots of cool stuff in it too! We bought a few souvenirs while we were at the Ocean Center.

- May 2018 -

Mike DiFilippo

Good science behind the interesting exhibits. Emphasis on the Polynesian settler's relationship with the sea and sea creatures. Friendly and informed staff. And No captive cetaceans, excellent. Easy to do in 60-90 minutes (short cutting a few of the film's), read every exhibit, watch all videos and listen to Sea Turtle feeding lecture - 3+ hours. Food is ok. Don't miss the non-dairy, yummy, Dole Whip soft serve.


Savannah V.

Wonderful staff and it was awesome! The jellyfish area was amazing, and they have little shows throughout the day. Sad that they don't do free photos...


Amie B.

This is a small aquarium that's nicely laid out. It does cost $29.95 per adult but thought it was worth it. We're the type that enjoys looking through every...


Angela G.

Went here with my family including my 3 month old son and was impressed. There were so many tropical fish, sharks and things to see! Much better than any...