Driving Directions & Parking
Parking is complimentary and available in front of Maui Ocean Center off Hwy. 30.
From Kahului (Airport):
Drive West and take Highway 380 to Highway 30 to the Ma`alaea Harbor.
Make a left at the stop light and enter the Aquarium parking.
From Lahaina or Ka`anapali:
Take Highway 30 South for about 30 minutes. We are approximately 5 minutes after the tunnel on the ocean side. Take a right into the Aquarium parking lot.
Drive North on Highway 31 to Highway 310, then make a left onto Highway 30. Take a left at the stop light in Ma`alaea and enter the Aquarium parking lot.
Drive North to Highway 310 to Highway 30 and make a left at the stop light to enter into the Aquarium parking lot.
Maui Bus Schedule:
View The Maui Bus Schedule here: http://www.mauicounty.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/4353
Maui Taxi: 808-281-7832
Do you offer any Kama‘aina or Military discounts?
Yes. Discounted rates for Kama‘aina and U.S. Military are available at the Front Gate or online. Please present a valid Hawaii state or military ID upon arrival. Offer valid on general 1-Day Journey Passes only.
I see a stranded/hurt turtle, monk seal or sea bird.
What kind of animals do you have at Maui Ocean Center?
We have a great variety of tropical reef fish, octopus, moray eels, green sea turtles, sharks, stingrays, sea jellies, and much, much more! All of the animals at Maui Ocean Center are found in Hawaiian waters, with approximately 25% being endemic meaning you can’t see them anywhere else in the world!
*Please note: Maui Ocean Center does not guarantee the presence of any animal at any time.
Do you have whales or dolphins at the aquarium?
Maui Ocean Center is respectfully in compliance with a County of Maui ordinance prohibiting the exhibit of cetaceans (whales and dolphins). Discover these fascinating mammals, along with monk seals, through interpretive displays in the Marine Mammal Discovery Center.
Do you offer reciprocal membership with any other zoos or aquariums?
Maui Ocean Center’s Annual Journey Pass Members receive complimentary admission to members of Coral Wold International’s aquariums: Coral World in Eilat, Israel, AQWA in Perth, Australia, and Palma Aquarium on the island of Mallorca. Pass holders also recieve 50% off general admission with valid ID and membership card at the following institutions:
- Aquarium of Niagara (New York, USA)
- Blank Park Zoo (Iowa, USA)
- Cosley Zoo (Illinois, USA)
- Clearwater Marine Aquarium (Florida, USA)
- Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary (Arizona, USA)
- Happy Hollow Park and Zoo (California, USA)
- Pacific Whale Foundation (10% discount) (Maui-Hawaii, USA)
- Pocatello Zoo Society for Zoo Idaho (Idaho, USA)
- Santa Ana Zoo (California, USA)
- Sea Life Kansas City (Kansas, USA)
- Waikiki Aquarium (Oahu-Hawaii, USA)
Do I need to purchase tickets in advance or make reservations?
Admission is available at the Front Gate, no reservations are necessary. However, you may purchase tickets in advance online to receive a free week upgrade or other special discounts!
How long do I need to plan for a visit to Maui Ocean Center?
The average visit to Maui Ocean Center lasts about 2 hours. Plan to stay longer if you wish to enjoy lunch at the Seascape Ma‘alaea Restaurant or Reef Café, or spend time browsing through the amazing collection of retail items at the Maui Ocean Treasures gift shop. Items from the gift shop are also available online.
What time is the last entry?
Maui Ocean Center is open 9am-5pm daily with final admission at 4:30pm. Please be aware that all buildings will close promptly at 5pm. Please allot yourself enough time to view exhibits and presentations at your own pace. An average visit to Maui Ocean Center lasts about 2 hours.
Is the Aquarium outdoors or indoors?
Approximately 75% of the Aquarium exhibits are indoors and air conditioned, making it the perfect attraction for anyone, anytime! Located in Ma‘alaea Harbor, the Aquarium also provides spectacular ocean views.
Do you have any scheduled shows or feedings?
Maui Ocean Center displays the animals in our care in realistic, natural environments and the animals are fed according to their needs therefore feedings and shows are not offered. To enhance your experience, trained Marine Naturalists share their insight and education during presentations at various locations throughout the Aquarium and are happy to answer any question you may have.
How are the animals fed?
Animals are fed according to their natural behaviors and needs therefore feedings and shows are not offered. Maui Ocean Center’s Curatorial team conducts a broadcast feed to animals on exhibit using a variety of seafood (including, chopped fish, mussels, and squid). Some fish, depending on their species, prefer fish gel (gelatin mixed with spirulina, garlic, broccoli, carrots, and cucumbers), algae, and romaine lettuce. The occasional spot feeding to certain species, such as the moray eels and frogfish, are conducted to ensure proper nutrition.
Are there scheduled tours?
General Aquarium admission is self-guided at your own pace. Public tour upgrades are offered and can be booked online or phone by calling 808-270-7012. Private tours are also available and need to be arranged at least 3 days in advance. Click here to learn more about tours. Audio Guide Tours are also available for a fee of $3.00 per audio guide, or for $8.00 for a family pack (3-6 audio guides).
Do you have strollers and wheelchairs available?
Wheelchairs are available on a first come, first served basis. Maui Ocean Center is ADA compliant. Strollers are currently not available.
Can I get into the gift shop without paying admission?
Yes! For entrance to Maui Ocean Treasure gift shop, you may enter through the Front Gate. Gift shop items are also available online.
Can I get into the restaurant without paying admission?
Yes! To enjoy a delicious lunch at Seascape Ma‘alaea Restaurant, you may enter through the side entrance adjacent to the Ma‘alaea Harbor Shops.
Can I leave the Aquarium and return the same day?
Yes, your admission is good for the whole day, simply show your receipt at the Front Gate to re-enter. You may also purchase a 1-Week Journey Pass for only a few more dollars (with same day paid receipt), which is good for seven consecutive days from the day of purchase.
How can I become an Annual Journey Pass holder?
Easy! You can purchase an Annual Journey Pass at the Front Entrance, online, or by calling 270-7075. Benefits include free daytime admission to the Aquarium for a full year, discounts for friends and family, discounts at the gift shop and food and beverage outlets, and more! View the full list of benefits.
Do you have audio guides available?
Yes, they are available at the Front Gate. It’s like having your own personal tour guide with you and we highly recommend them. You may pre-purchase them online with your admission tickets. Audio guides are $3.00 for a single unit or $8.00 for 3-6 units and are available in English. Additional languages coming soon.
Do you have a dress code?
Yes, shirt and shoes are required at all times and all clothing appropriate for a family environment.
Do you have a smoking policy?
In accordance with Hawai‘i state law, Maui Ocean Center is a smoke-free facility. With your admission receipt, you can exit the Front Gate and smoke outside of the facility, at least 30ft from any windows or doors, and return to the Aquarium.
Do you have a pet policy?
Leashed service animals only are allowed.
Can I bring in my own lunch or alcohol?
For your safety, absolutely no outside food or beverage (of any type) are allowed at Maui Ocean Center. No coolers allowed. Exceptions can be made for infants and school groups (with prior approval) and those with special medical needs; see a Front Gate attendant. Please no chewing gum.
Can I take photos and video?
Photography and video is permitted throughout the park for personal enjoyment only. To obtain permission for a photo shoot or to film for commercial purposes please contact the Public Relations Department. Unauthorized resale of photo images taken within Maui Ocean Center will be subject to legal action.
*Tip: If using flash, shoot at a 45-degree angle to the glass to avoid reflection. Some exhibits may indicate that flash is not allowed.
My photo was taken when I entered the Aquarium. How can I get a copy of the photo?
Sharp Shooter Imaging can be contacted at the link provided and then clicking on ‘Find Photos’. http://www.sharpshooterimaging.com/
Does the Aquarium have any special events or activities?
Absolutely! Maui Ocean Center offers daily interactive presentations by Marine Naturalists at various times throughout the park. Additionally, the Aquarium offers behind-the-scenes tours, turtle encounters, presentations by special guest speakers, and much more. View upcoming events, tours and activities.
How much is parking?
There is ample parking available at no charge.
Do you offer gift certificates?
Gift certificates are available for Aquarium admission, Seascape Ma‘alaea Restaurant, Maui Ocean Treasure gift shop, and Shark Dive Maui®. Gift certificate purchases can be made at the Aquarium’s front gate or via phone by calling 808-270-7000.
Can we get a group rate?
Group rates are available for parties of 20 people or more and can be for Aquarium admission or for Aquarium admission with lunch. Group rates must be booked in advance. Click here for details.
Maui Ocean Center reserves the right to refuse service.