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Maui Ocean Center, Wailuku

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Aquarium · Zoo / Aquarium
Get a close-up view of Hawaii’s diverse marine life at Maui Ocean Center. This aquarium has recreated Hawaii’s ocean ecosystem and hosts only animals that naturally occur in the region. Gain a deeper understanding of the islands’ rich underwater world from more than 60 exhibits and information displays. Explore the Open Ocean exhibit, which features a 240-degree-view acrylic tunnel through a 2.8 million l (750,000 gal) tank. You’ll feel like you’re walking the ocean floor as y+F16ou watch sharks, stingrays, and thousands of tropical reef fish. Certified divers can even swim in the massive tank. To visit Maui Ocean Center and get the most from your holiday in Wailuku, create itinerary details personal to you using our Wailuku road trip planning tool.
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  • We stopped at the Maui Ocean Center this afternoon. It's not cheap, and it's not huge, but we highly recommend the visit. There were exhibits regarding Hawaiian tribal life, and the push to...  more »
  • Nice aquarium displays with native fish, plants, and coral. Also has a great 3D Humpback Whale exhibit. Don’t expect a SeaWorld type park. This is more about education and conservation.  more »
  • I was pleasantly surprised. We're from Oregon and have a pretty great aquarium in Newport. The reef section was great, there was a pretty amazing movie on humpback whales (best 3d footage I've seen), and all in all pretty nice. The kids really enjoyed it. We spent about 1.5 hours getting through it all with a 7 and 5 year old who were pretty engaged. We enjoyed the small presentations and videos throughout the aquarium.
  • This isn't on the same scale as the Georgia Aquarium, or Monterrey, or Baltimore, all of which are truly world-class. But the Maui Ocean Center is as nice as any other aquarium I've been to in the U.S., and is very well worth a visit. The $5 extra for the 3-D humpback whale movie is also worthwhile, and make sure you make your way through the tunnel in the Open Ocean building for some up close viewing of sharks, giant rays, and countless fish. Like this review if you had a great time here!

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