When the Maui Ocean Center opened its doors in 1998 it could not have predicted how popular it would be with locals and those visiting the island. Over the last 20+ years, it has been one of the island’s most popular tourist attractions, drawing in thousands of visitors of all ages. Children and adults alike come to discover Hawaii’s undersea world and to learn more about the ocean and its ecosystem.
The Center was born out of a passion for the sea and all of its inhabitants.
As one of a handful of marine parks owned by Coral World, the leader in underwater viewing facilities, this Aquarium exists as a means of introducing locals and guests to the world that exists under the surface of the island’s natural beauty.
Known by many who visit as “The Hawaiian Aquarium,” the facility has created a home for its marine life that closely mimics its natural ecosystem. Visitors here have the opportunity to interact with and encounter animals that can only be found in Hawaii and learn more about how locals connect with and revere the ocean. With more than 60 exhibits, interactive displays, a 750,000-gallon Open Ocean exhibit, and a 240-degree view acrylic tunnel, the Park is offers unique views of the island and its aquatic inhabitants.
The mission of the facility is to foster an understanding of wonder and respect for all of the Island’s marine life and animals.
They inhabitants of the Center are collected and cared for by marine biologists, divers, and aquarists who are renowned experts in their fields. The Center also works closely with the Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Aquatic Resources and under the guidance of a Hawaiian cultural adviser.
In addition to ensuring that the animals are revered and well provided for, the Center is dedicated to sharing and perpetuating the culture of the island with those who come to visit. As such, the Center works directly with their advisor to integrate Hawaiian culture into their presentations, exhibits, special events and also in the marine park’s standard of operations.
To learn more about upcoming exhibits or to purchase tickets, go to mauioceancenter.com.