Frequently Asked Questions

The Latest in Light of COVID-19
Operating Hours
Is Maui Ocean Center currently open?
Yes! As of January 18th, 2021, Maui Ocean Center is open to the public.
What are Maui Ocean Center’s hours?
As of April 30, 2021 park hours have been expanded to 9:00am to 4:00pm. Advance online ticket purchases and reservations are required.
How much time should I allocate for my visit?
A visit typically takes 2-2.5 hours, but you can enjoy much of what we have to offer in a shorter amount of time.
What is the best time of day to visit?
Peak attendance typically occurs in the morning. If you prefer increased social distancing, we recommend an afternoon reservation 1 p.m. and thereafter.
What time is the last entry?
As of April 30, 2021 park hours have been expanded to 9:00am to 4:00pm, with final reservation entry at 2:30pm. Please be aware that we close promptly. Allow yourself enough time to view exhibits and presentations at your preferred pace.
Is smoking permitted within the park?
Maui Ocean Center is proud to be a smoke-free facility. In compliance with State of Hawai‘i law, smoking, including electronic cigarette and vaping devices, must be consumed outside of the park and at least thirty feet from any windows or doors.
Health + Wellness
Based on government and health authority recommendations the following protocols are required for the comfort and well-being of our guests and staff:

Advance ticket purchase and reservation time
Reservations ensure we can meet reduced capacity guidelines and conduct contactless payments.

Thermal temperature checks of all guests upon park entry
Guests who display signs of COVID-19, including temperatures in the "red zone" as categorized by our thermal scanners, will be denied entry, along with their entire party. Sorry, no exceptions. Please note that our temperature restrictions may be stricter than the current CDC guidelines.

Face masks worn at all times by all guests 2 years and older per CDC guidelines
Exception during seated food and/or beverage consumption with 6’ social distancing

One-way pedestrian park flow, adhering to 6’ social distancing markers
Just follow the yellow tang fish!

These additional protocols are recommended:

View park maps through your mobile device via QR Code
Just scan the QR code with your mobile device camera or QR APP

Listen to Virtual Marine Naturalist presentations via QR Code; earphones required
Please bring your personal headphones or purchase at Maui Ocean Treasures gift shop.

Use the anti-bacterial stations throughout the park
Please refer to the park map for outdoor anti-bacterial stations and indoor restrooms offering anti-bacterial soap. We highly encourage healthy habits!

Contactless payment options are available throughout the park
Protective, clear acrylic cashier stations offer contactless payments.

We welcome you to view our Health + Well-Being Video: Mālama kekahi I kekahi – to care of each other (COMING SOON) Dive back in with us! Navigate these uncharted waters; MOC is there with you.

DIY mask pattern
Are tickets sold at the front gate?
No tickets or reservations will be sold at the front gate. Tickets are required to be purchased and reservation time preselected in advance. We have a new user-friendly ticketing and reservation system through our website in support of capacity guidelines and contactless payments.
Are reservations required in advance?
Yes! Reservations are required in advance and are available every 30 minutes. The last accepted reservation is 2:30 p.m.
How do I purchase tickets and make reservations?
Tickets must be purchased online, in advance. Tickets are date and time specific to control the park capacity. We offer individual ticket pricing for Adults, Children (4-12 years) and Seniors (65+ years). Tickets are non-refundable.

Nā Hoa Kai Members must input their VIP code when making reservations. If you need this code resent to you via email, please contact us at

We offer a discounted ticket price for kama‘āina (residents) and active U.S. military members. Please present valid identification at entry.
Is my reservation limited to a 30-minute time slot?
No. Reservations serve to stagger park entrance, not to serve as a time limit. Once in the park, guests will "Follow the Yellow Tang!" to ensure a safe flow of traffic throughout the Aquarium. A typical visit lasts about 2 hours.
What does my ticket include?
Admission to the park for up to 2.5 hours and the Humpbacks of Hawai`i virtual Sphere Experience (a limited time offer; value $6.95 per person), and complimentary parking.
How does my reservation time work?
You are welcome to enter the park up to ten minutes prior to your reservation time and twenty minutes after your reservation time. If you are running late--beyond twenty minutes of your reservation time—you forfeit your entry. We will try to accommodate you at the next available time, this is not guaranteed. If the next reservation time is sold out, we will offer you another day and time at no additional charge. If you are not able to reschedule, your entry fee is not refundable.
Why do you require my contact information?
Full contact information including purchaser’s address, mobile phone number and email is required upon ticket purchase. This will enable us to forward your ticket and reservation e-confirmation, and be on file should contact tracing be necessary.
What payment methods does Maui Ocean Center accept?
Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover
Is admission needed to shop or dine?
Aquarium admission is not required to shop at Maui Ocean Treasures, or to dine at Seascape and Reef Café. Please check-in at the admission gate. You will be asked to provide your contact information and given access to shop and dine for up to one hour.
Are strollers or wheelchairs available?
Complimentary wheelchairs can be reserved in advance and picked up upon check-in on a first-come, first-served basis. Availability is limited. Maui Ocean Center is ADA compliant. Strollers are currently not available.
How do I become a member?
Nā Hoa Kai (Ocean Friends) annual memberships may be purchased online. We will not be selling memberships at the front gate. Visit our Membership page for a list of the great benefits and prices.
Presentations + Activities
What events are happening on the day of my visit?
Six virtual marine naturalist presentations are available any time during your visit via a QR code. Bring your smartphone mobile device and simply scan the code with your camera or preferred QR scanner. We recommend bringing your own headphones or purchasing a pair at the Maui Ocean Treasures gift shop.
What areas are currently closed due to COVID-19 social distancing / health guidelines?
Makai Theater

Refillable water stations

Water fountains
Do you have scheduled shows or feedings?
We exhibit marine animals in realistic, natural environments and feed them according to their needs; therefore, regularly scheduled feedings and shows are not offered. Learn more by joining our virtual marine naturalist presentations at various locations throughout the aquarium.
Does the aquarium have whales and dolphins?
Maui Ocean Center respectfully complies with the County of Maui ordinance prohibiting the exhibit of cetaceans (whales and dolphins). We invite you to visit our Humpbacks of Hawai‘i Exhibit and Sphere Experience for an in-depth look into their deep-sea realm.
What is the Sphere Experience?
Maui Ocean Center’s newest exhibit is an astonishing virtual experience that brings you eye-to-eye with Hawai‘i’s humpback whales. For a limited time, the Sphere Experience is included in your ticket price (a $6.95 per person value). Performances start every half hour on a first-come, first-served basis and last 12 minutes. The final showing starts at 2:30 p.m. No reservations required.

To accommodate social distancing guidelines, attendance is limited per showing.

We sanitize the theater between showings and sanitize 3-D glasses after each use. Additional antibacterial wipes are available upon request.
Who was caring for the animals while you were closed?
Our marine animals continued to receive uninterrupted care by our expert team of exhibit curators, divers, and aquarists. The Maui Ocean Center’s robust life support system provides 24/7 maintenance for our marine animals and exhibits. This system, designed with failsafes to withstand natural disasters, was not impacted by the closure.
Where can I eat?
The Reef Café, located at the center of the park, serves fresh bistro-style salads, sandwiches and refreshments. Enjoy socially distanced outdoor seating and don’t forget to order a Pineapple Dole Whip!
Do I have to wear a face mask at Reef Café?
While seated and consuming food and/or beverages, you are welcome to remove your face mask.
Is Seascape Restaurant open?
Yes! Seascape Restaurant is now open for lunch. Visit our Dine page to learn more.
Can I bring my own food and beverages?
Outside food or beverage is not permitted at Maui Ocean Center. Exceptions are made for infants (under 2 years) and school groups (with prior approval), and those with special medical needs. Please see a park entrance attendant. No chewing gum permitted.

Due to recommended safety guidelines, refillable water stations are not available. Water is available for purchase at the Reef Café.
Do you recycle?
Absolutely! Please dispose of garbage and recyclables at designated bins throughout the park. We donate redemption refunds to the Marine Institute at Maui Ocean Center, a 501©3 non-profit organization, to support turtle rescue and recovery efforts. For more information on the Marine Institute, visit MOC Marine Institute.

Want to pitch in for our oceans and marine life? We’ll reward your efforts! Pick up an empty clean-up bag at Maui Ocean Treasures gift shop, fill it up with beach garbage and recyclables, and return it for a free Maui Ocean Center recyclable shopping bag.
Are there shopping opportunities in-park?
Yes! Our world-class gift shop, Maui Ocean Treasures, offers island-style marine-themed gifts.

To accommodate social distancing guidelines, please wait outdoors until you are invited in. We encourage customers to refrain from touching of products unless they intend to purchase. Sales representatives are happy to assist you.
Can I purchase headphones for the virtual naturalist presentations?
Absolutely. Headphones in various styles and price points are available for purchase at Maui Ocean Treasures gift shop.
Are face masks available to purchase?
Maui Ocean Treasures offers a variety of face mask styles and price points, including marine-themed masks.
What unique, island signature items do you offer at Maui Ocean Treasures?
We are the only Maui retailer offering Pandora collectible jewelry. Peruse our extensive collection of made in Hawai‘i art and indulge in Maui’s own Fin-Tastic Fudge. Visit Maui Ocean Treasures’ Support Sustainability department featuring a selection of products to support our future generations.