Maui Ocean Center Named Among Top 10 Aquariums in the World


TripAdvisor 2018 Travelers’ Choice Award

MA‘ALAEA, MAUI, HI – Maui Ocean Center, The Aquarium of Hawai‘i was named among the “Top 10 Aquariums in the World” by TripAdvisor 2018 Travelers’ Choice, an annual award that highlights the top travel destinations and companies around the world.




Maui Ocean Center ranked eighth on the prestigious list joined by other U.S. aquariums including the Georgia Aquarium, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Tennessee Aquarium. The rankings are derived from an algorithm that examines both the quantity and quality of TripAdvisor reviews. Approximately 85% of reviewers scored Maui Ocean Center with a 4 or 5-star rating.


“Maui Ocean Center is honored to have been named one of the Top 10 Aquariums in the World by TripAdvisor,” said Tapani Vuori, General Manager, “We appreciate every individual traveler who visited Maui Ocean Center and rated their experience. The overwhelmingly positive feedback speaks volumes to the passion and dedication of our team, a group of individuals who deserves the recognition for this monumental achievement. For the past 20 years, they are the ones who connect our Mission and Vision with our guests in a way that creates memorable experiences while fostering a sense of wonder and respect for Hawai‘i’s marine life.”



Maui Ocean Center exhibits only marine animals found in Hawaii while perpetuating the relationship between the Hawaiian culture and the sea. It features the world’s largest display of live Hawaiian corals, immersive exhibits like the acrylic walkthrough tunnel in the Open Ocean exhibit, and the new Humpbacks of Hawai‘i and 3D Sphere, featuring the world’s first virtual encounter with Hawaii’s humpback whales.

Other experiences, such as the 20+ naturalist presentations, Hawaiian cultural activities, Behind-the-Scenes Tour, and Shark Dive Maui, contribute to high-level ratings.

Maui Ocean Center’s distinction as a world-class Aquarium is the latest TripAdvisor honor bestowed upon the Aquarium. In recent years, TripAdvisor also named Maui Ocean Center among the “Top 25 Best Aquariums in the U.S.”, “15 Top Aquariums In The USA You Need To Experience”, and inducted into the “TripAdvisor Hall of Fame”. It was also recently named “Best Children’s Activity on Maui” by the readers of MauiTime Weekly.


About Maui Ocean Center

Encounter Hawaiian marine life at Maui Ocean Center, The Aquarium of Hawai‘i. Named among the “Top 10 Aquariums in the World” by TripAdvisor, Maui Ocean Center is home to the world’s largest display of live Hawaiian corals and exhibits featuring sharks, stingrays, turtles, and endemic marine life found nowhere in the world. The new Humpbacks of Hawai‘i Exhibit & Sphere is the first of its kind, bringing guests eye-to-eye with life-sized humpback whales in a virtual, 3D encounter. The Aquarium offers 20+ daily presentations, tours, and cultural activities as well as ocean-view dining at Seascape Restaurant, shopping at Maui Ocean Treasures, and Shark Dive Maui® in the Open Ocean exhibit. Open 9am-5pm (final admission at 4:30pm) daily. Maui Ocean Center is part of the global family of Coral World International.

E hi‘i a maopopo ka ho‘oha‘oha‘o ana a me ka ho‘ihi no ka Hawai‘i ola ma ke kai.

The mission of Maui Ocean Center is to foster understanding, wonder and respect for Hawai‘i’s marine life. Maui Ocean Center was inducted into the “Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame 2015” by TripAdvisor, is a “Top-Rated Attraction in Hawai‘i” by Zagat Survey US Family Travel Guide, and recognized “for commitment to sustainability and an adventure that is nature and culture-based” by the Hawai‘i Ecotourism Association.

For more information please contact the Maui Ocean Center:
192 Ma‘alaea Road; Ma‘alaea, HI 96793; (808) 270-7000 or visit