Maui Ocean Center - 2010 Fact Sheet

A Description of "The Hawaiian Aquarium" in an Oyster Shell

Maui Ocean Center is dedicated to fostering understanding, wonder and respect for Hawaii’s marine life.  This three-acre marine park, the largest tropical reef aquarium in the Western Hemisphere, was named the top attraction in Hawaii by the ZAGAT Survey U.S. Family Travel Guide.

At Maui Ocean Center, visitors explore Hawaii’s unique underwater world, traveling from the rocky surge zone to the vast open ocean.  State-of-the-art exhibits and presentations by Ocean Naturalists give visitors an understanding and appreciation of Hawaii’s marine environment while perpetuating the island’s host culture. 

Maui Ocean Center features more than 60 self-paced exhibits, three restaurants (Seascape Ma‘alaea Restaurant, Reef Café and Coffee Cart) and the Maui Ocean Center Store.

OPENED: March 13, 1998

LOCATION: Ma‘alaea Harbor Village; Maui, Hawaii

HOURS: Open 365 days of the year, 9am to 5pm daily
Extended hours during July through August: 9am to 6pm


Adults: $25.50
Children:$18.50 (age 3 to 12); under 3 is free
Sr. Citizens:  $22.50 (age 65 and up)

Admission tickets are available at the front entrance.  Seascape Ma‘alaea Restaurant and the Maui Ocean Center Store are available to the public without admission purchase.

Tickets may be purchased online, at least 3 days in advance.

One-Week and Annual Journey Passes are also available.

Group Discounts are available to parties of 20 or more with advance reservations.

Travel Agents receive admission for $5.00 with IATA card.


Digital audio guides with pre-recorded exhibit information in English,
Japanese and Spanish available ($3 per audio guide rental).

Complimentary wheelchairs
are also available.  Ask at the Front Gate
for assistance.

EXHIBITS: Maui Ocean Center’s major exhibits:

Surge Zone:  Pounding waves provide shelter from predators to juvenile fishes.

Living Reef:  Discover the astonishing beauty of Hawaii’s coral reefs from the sunlit   shallows to the calm, clear edge of the deep reef among 40 vibrant exhibits.

Turtle Lagoon:  Behold ancient mariners that survived for millions of years,
the green sea turtles of Hawaii.

Tide Pool:  An unforgettable hands-on experience with marine invertebrates, including sea stars, helmet shells and other tide-pool animals.

Hammerhead Harbor:  Come eye to eye with Hawaii’s most unusual sharks.

Marine Mammal Discovery Center:  Life-size models and interactive displays explore monk seals, dolphins and whales found in Hawaiian waters. 

Hawaiians and the Sea:  This special exhibit features renderings of an ancient aquaculture system, fishing implements and tells the story of the Hawaiians special connection to the sea.

Open Ocean:  Glimpse into a part of Hawaii’s pelagic realm from an acrylic tunnel presenting a 240-degree view of nearly 2,000 fishes, sharks and underwater creatures in a 750,000-gallon saltwater aquarium.

EXPERIENCES:      Shark Dive Maui™ gives SCUBA divers a chance to experience Hawaii’s marine life in a whole new way.  Certified divers age 15 and older can take the ultimate plunge in the Open Ocean Exhibit, coming face to face with numerous species of reef sharks, stingrays, and hundreds of tropical fish.  $199 per diver.  Available by reservation only.

Seascape Ma‘alaea Restaurant
Lunch:  11am to 2:30pm daily
An open-air restaurant overlooking Ma‘alaea Harbor with expansive views of the Pacific Ocean.  The full-service, trans fat free menu features seafood (sustainable species only) and other island favorites including hot entreés, fresh salads and signature sandwiches.  Access to the restaurant is honored without admission to the park.

Reef Café and Coffee Cart
Open: 10am to 4pm daily

A delightful outdoor café featuring deli-style sandwiches, an assortment of to go lunches, daily specials, specialty salads, desserts, cold beverages, fruit smoothies, and freshly brewed espresso and cappuccino to name a few.  Seating under trellises is available.

SHOPPING: Maui Ocean Center Store
Open:  9am to 5pm daily

Approximately 6,000 square feet of Maui’s best and most unique shopping. Selections include ocean treasures in departments including books, toys, music, logo wear, Hawaiiana, home décor, art works, fine jewelry and much more.  Access to the store is honored without admission to the park.

AQUARIUM AFTER DARK: Maui Ocean Center offers the most unique and memorable venue for a night of unforgettable sunset views, incredible food and fascinating marine life.  From banquets for a few hundred to an intimate setting for a few… from under the water to under the stars!  Party planners can chose from the oceanfront Seascape Ma‘alaea Restaurant, the dramatic Open Ocean Exhibit, the open-air Harbor Plaza, or simply reserve the entire park.