“The Aquarium of Hawaii” – Maui Ocean Center

It’s generally not a matter of if, but when. When you live on Maui, you go to Costco.

Some go once a week. Some every other week. I try to make it once a month. Living on West Maui, I pass by the Maui Ocean Center on those trips and I try my best to work in a stop to the aquarium. In my unofficial verbal polls, I am surprised how few people who live here have actually ever gone. They are missing out.

With an awesome “shark tunnel,” over 60 exhibits, and one of the largest collections of live Pacific corals in the world, the Maui Ocean Center is a gem. I received an annual pass as a present for my daughters first birthday, and I just renewed it for a second year. Sometimes it’s a quick fifteen minute stop, sometimes it’s a longer stay with a picnic lunch.

The diversity of sea creatures they have represented is impressive — sharks, turtles, seahorses, jellyfish, starfish, stingrays, octopus, the list goes on and on. My daughter leans toward the tidal pool where she can gently “tickle” the starfish and sea cucumbers. If you don’t get in the water when you live or visit Maui, this is a great place to stay dry and have your eyes opened up the undersea wonderland that is out there. Check it out!


Open every day 9am to 5pm

192 Ma’alaea Rd
Wailuku, HI96793

(808) 270-7000

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