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Maui Ocean Center

192 Maalaea Road | Wailuku, HI 96793 | Official website
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  • Type: Zoos and Aquariums
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Overall Rating: 4.0 (3.8)
Value: 3.0 (3.0)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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If you find yourself facing a rainy day in Maui, travelers recommend spending some time at the Maui Ocean Center. This facility was created in order to cultivate visitors' interest in learning about Hawaii's underwater ecosystems. The vast Maui Ocean Center offers a variety of ways to get up close and personal with the island's nautical residents, including touch pools and a tunnel beneath the 750,000-gallon Open Ocean Exhibit (which houses more than 2,000 fish). While here, you can catch a glimpse of everything from stingrays to sea turtles to sharks.

If you intend to visit the Maui Ocean Center, one TripAdvisor user recommends planning your time well to make the most of the facility: "Find out when the various feedings are […] But above all, know that this experience is underrated. So be prepared to spend plenty of time enjoying this center."

You'll find the Maui Ocean Center in Ma'alaea along the southwest coast of the island. The facility is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; in July and August, the Maui Ocean Center stays open until 6 p.m. Admission is around $26 for adults and $19 for children ages 3 to 12. You can reach the Maui Ocean Center by car from the Honoapiilani Highway (Route 30); you can also take the No. 20 bus from Lahaina or Kahului or the Nos. 10 or 15 buses from the Pi'ilani Village Shopping Center just north of Wailea (the No. 10 also runs to Kahului). To learn more, visit the Maui Ocean Center website.

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