To date, humans have explored only 5% of the ocean. There’s so much left to discover! If you want to find out what lies beneath the surface, visit the Maui Ocean Center. Hawaii’s premier aquarium offers face to face encounters with local wildlife through exhibits, touch pools, and interactive displays. Best of all, the facility works to protect and advocate for marine life found nowhere else in the world. Here’s why a trip to the Ocean Center should be on your vacation itinerary!
Visit the Maui Ocean Center the next time you’re in Hawaii and be sure to check out other activities and attractions nearby! Our complimentary Vacation Guide is the best resource for planning an unforgettable island getaway. Request access, and we’ll send you our comprehensive list of Maui’s best restaurants, shops, events, and excursions. Aloha!
Explore Hawaii’s Underwater World at the Maui Ocean Center
Maui Ocean Center, also known as the Aquarium of Hawaii, is the perfect place to learn about the relationship that exists between Hawaiians and the sea. The aquarium is home to native species like sharks, jellyfish, sea turtles, and fish. It even features the largest collection of live Pacific corals. Feel free to stroll through the aquarium on your own (a self-guided tour takes about two hours) or sign up for a Behind the Scenes Tour lead by an ocean naturalist. You’ll get an up-close look at what it takes to care for the animals, learn about Hawaiian culture, and assist with feeding at Turtle Lagoon and Nursery Bay. Guided tours are available daily at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Local Tip: Check the aquarium website for coupons, discounts, and packages to help you save on admission!
Activities & Events
If swimming with sharks is on your bucket list, you’re in luck! Maui Ocean Center offers an incredible shark diving experience for scuba-certified guests. Descend into the 750,000-gallon Open Ocean Exhibit and swim with sandbar sharks, hammerheads, tiger sharks, and reef sharks. If you aren’t a certified diver, you can watch from the exhibit’s viewing area which includes a 54-foot acrylic tunnel through the exhibit.
Are you looking for something a little milder? Head to the Makai Theater for a free movie screening. Or, sign up for an Aquari-OM yoga class and find your center amongst sharks, stingrays, and hundreds of colorful fish. Whatever your interests, Maui Ocean Center has something for everyone!
When your stomach begins to rumble, head to the Seascape Ma’alaea Restaurant for island-inspired cuisine and spectacular views of Maalaea Harbor. The menu features delicious dishes made with locally-grown ingredients, and gluten-free/vegetarian options are available. Seascape is a Platinum Certified “Ocean Friendly Restaurant” and serves food that is healthy, sustainable, and environmentally friendly.
Don’t forget to stop at the Maui Ocean Treasures gift shop! You can peruse a wide variety of goods including locally-made pantry food, jewelry, children’s books, and toys. It’s the perfect place to pick up a souvenir before you hit the road.
Come Home to The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono
Our guests love spending time at the Maui Ocean Center! This one-of-a-kind facility is just ten minutes from our inn. After your visit, head home to our bed and breakfast for a peaceful evening in paradise. Unwind on our lanai and watch the sunset. Then, retire to one of our guest rooms for some much-needed R&R.
The Puakenikeni Room is one of our most popular accommodations. Here, antique furniture, dark marble floors, and soft, yellow walls combine to create a warm atmosphere. A comfortable king-size bed and deluxe multi-head shower complete the experience. Check our availability today