Awards and Accolades

Hawai‘i's Award-Winning Aquarium

For over 20 years, Maui Ocean Center has fostered understanding, wonder, and respect for Hawai‘i’s marine life with visitors from around the world. The collective experience of native wildlife, local culture, and our social responsibility as stewards of the sea is what defines Maui Ocean Center as “The Aquarium of Hawai‘i.”

We’re proud of the recognition we’ve received as we help to create and sustain an island culture, environment, and way of life that will endure for future generations. We believe we have more to say and do as we team together to make our world a better place for everyone.


Travelers’ Choice Award – Tripadvisor, 2011-2020

“Tripadvisor gives a Travelers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travelers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.”Tripadvisor


Top 10 Aquariums in the World – Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards, 2018

“Maui Ocean Center ranked eighth on the prestigious list joined by other US aquariums including the Georgia Aquarium, Monterey Bay Aquarium and Tennessee Aquarium.” – MauiNow


SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards Finalist – 2019

“South X Southwest (SXSW) has heralded the “Humpbacks of Hawaiʻi” film as the world’s first audiovisual 1:1 recreation of existing reality. The prestigious arts, technology, and culture showcase named “Humpbacks of Hawaiʻi” a finalist for the SXSW Interactive Innovation Award.”MOC


15 Top Aquariums in the US You Need to Experience – Tripadvisor, 2018

“An exclusive focus on native Hawaiian animals makes this great USA aquarium unlike any other in the country.” – Tripadvisor


  Best Family Attractions in HawaiiUSA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Award, 2019


 Best Children’s Activity on Maui – MauiTime Best of Maui (Reader Voted), 2015-2018

“Not only are they Hawai‘i’s favorite aquarium, but they also offer a wide variety of events and activities for the whole family. We are all super thankful for their invaluable assistance in helping Maui’s coral reefs, and they’ve become Maui’s favorite place for keiki activities. From school field trips to free ‘ukulele lessons, sleepovers, and camps, Maui Ocean Center is taking responsibility to foster Maui’s youth through marine life education.” – Maui Time


Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best – Tripadvisor, 2014, 2015, 2018


Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame – TripAdvisor, 2015


#1 Best Zoo or Aquarium – HAWAI‘I Magazine, Reader’s Choice Awards, 2015


Sustainable Tourism

Certified Sustainable Tour Operator – Sustainable Tourism Association of Hawaii, 2019-2020


Top 25 Best Aquariums in the U.S. – TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice, 2014-2015


Best Environmental Attraction – The Maui News Best of Maui, 2010 & 2012

Search MauiOceanCenter.com