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More than just an island

Maui offers something truly magical for everyone. With its majestic beaches, warm people, and vibrant flora and fauna, there is much to see and do.

See below for some tips on making your visit to Maui one to remember.

1. Rent a car. Although Maui is not the largest of the Hawaiian islands, it is definitely one to explore on your own, at your pace, and with a camera. From sunrises to sunsets, the water, sky, and landscapes will change moods as you do! Relax and soak up the beauty and peace unique to Maui.

2. Eat where the locals do. Finding great food, with unspoiled views and great prices? Dine at Seascape Restaurant for amazing fresh catch specials with gorgeous ocean views for a fraction of the price of resort or fishhouse restaurants. Open daily for lunch from 10:30am to 3pm and dinner Friday through Sunday with Pau Hana specials starting at 5pm. Learn more

3. Guarantee your encounter with Hawaii’s sharks, turtles and more at the Maui Ocean Center. Explore the beauty and adventure under the sea without getting wet! Great for ocean lovers of all ages. With over 20 daily presentations including Open Ocean Dives and Turtle Lagoon

4. Experience the art and passion of Maui’s people. Explore the numerous galleries, and novelty shops blessed with the talents and work of Maui artists. Must see works can be found at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, the Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center, Maui Hands Galleries, Hot Island Glass, and Maui Crafts Guild.

5. Say yes! Getting engaged or even married in Maui is popular for a reason. Not only is Maui beautiful but it is truly romantic with breathtaking vistas –  that its hard to not get cozy with the one you love.

Special places to propose or declare vows abound but some of our favorites include:

  • Makena Beach
  • Poli Poli Park
  • A sunset cruise or ocean view restaurant
  • Open Ocean Exhibit at Maui Ocean Center – learn more here

6. Hiking. Maui is meant to be explored and there is no easier way to slow down and experience its beauty than on two feet. Hiking on Maui is varied from ocean front to high altitude with rainforests or high desert. The Department of Land and Natural Resources State Park Division has great maps and suggestions for best places to stroll and explore. Learn more at Hawaii State Parks.

7. Savor the flavor. Maui is bustling with great sips from craft beers to ocean inspired cocktails. To truly experience the best of Maui’s beverages we suggest treating yourself to a tour. Maui Brewing Company, as well as Maui Wine and Ocean Vodka offer custom and unique journeys through their operations, grounds and of course tasting room!


Looking for Transportation?

Getting to the Maui Ocean Center is easy, as we are centrally located at 192 Ma‘alaea Road in Wailuku. Free parking is available in our front lot overlooking Ma‘alaea Harbor.

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By Car

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. Click here for Google Maps directions.

From Wailea: 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.

From Kihei: 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


Affiliates and Partners

Maui Ocean Center sister aquariums
Coral World International
AQWA – Perth, Australia
The Underwater Observatory – Eilat, Israel
Palma Aquarium – Palma de Mallorca, Spain

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