Maui Ocean Center, the Hawaiian Aquarium, is a great activity during any vacation to Maui, whether a family vacation, a romantic honeymoon, a relaxing retreat or an adventurous tour. Maui Ocean Center complements many of Maui’s most popular activities, including snorkel trips and whale watches. The aquarium is about a half an hour or less from most condos and hotels on Maui; located about 20 minutes from Kihei and 30 minutes from Lahaina.
Maui Ocean Center Highlights
- Special Offer: Book now and avoid the lines at the door with Express Entry
- State-of-the-art Hawaiian Aquarium
- Sea Turtle tank with up close viewing
- Walk-thru acrylic tunnel with sharks and rays swimming overhead
- Best and most unique collection of Hawaii’s marine life
- Enjoy an educational and breathtaking ocean environment
- Visit at your own pace (average 1.5 – 2 hours)
- Daily complimentary naturalist presentations
- Two restaurants & gift store
- Free Parking
- Open 365 days a year
A Coral World Marine Park
Born of a passion for the sea and the wonders of tropical fish and coral reefs, the Coral World marine parks are the labor of love. Touched with a steadfast belief that they could capture the excitement of the world below the tropical waters, and bring it to the awareness of the public at large, these enthusiasts have created a new phenomenon in marine observation.
For more than two decades, Coral World has been the world leader in underwater viewing systems. The company has developed the only undersea observatories in the Western hemisphere and in the Red Sea. Two of the company’s marine parks include the world’s longest underwater acrylic tunnels.
In addition, Coral World’s tropical displays are recognized as the most beautiful in the world. The company specializes in creating ecologically friendly tropical life systems in symbiotic environments. These systems are planned with an eye to accuracy and detail, and are carefully designed to ensure the perfect combination of fascination, aesthetics, conservation and education.
Coral World marine parks are truly in a class all of their own. More than twenty years of experience have left Coral World’s veteran staff with the advantage of an immense body of accumulated knowledge. The professionals of Coral World are at home in seas around the world, from the Indian and Pacific Oceans to the Red and Caribbean Seas, a network of diversified expertise unmatched by anyone else in this field.
Take a journey of discovery, be amazed at the beauty of Hawaii’s underwater world, and learn something new! Visitors come to the Maui Ocean Center to see awesome animals and experience Hawaii’s incredible underwater world, but we make sure they have more than just photographs to take home with them. Our goal at the aquarium is to create a lifelong bond between people and the ocean, not only in understanding, but in ultimate appreciation.
Dining options at Maui Ocean Center range from a quick snack at the open-air Reef Cafe to a sit-down lunch at the ocean-view Seascape Ma’alaea Restaurant. The aquarium and the restaurant are also available for private functions in the evenings.