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Maui Ocean Center Reopens After 10-month Layoff

Maui residents and visitors were excited to have the Maui Ocean Center reopen on Friday, January 15th. The Maui Ocean Center is proud to again offer their in-person ocean education series and family-friendly oriented experiences after a 10-month closure.

Awesome picture courtesy of Mark Vermeij and the Maui Ocean Center

The park officially closed its doors to the public on March 17, 2020 due to the pandemic, but are now back in action under a three phase reopening plan that will also offer the flexibility of an online reservation system.

Three Phase Plan

  1. Phase 1: Opened on January 15th exclusively to ocean center members/Na Hoa Kai annual pass holders.
  2. Phase 2: January 16th and 17th welcomed all Maui County residents to visit for free with a valid Hawaii ID.
  3. Phase 3: General admission currently open to all.

Looking Forward

The brief layoff allowed time for the Maui Ocean Center management team to freshen up the park with upgrades center-wide.

The center is up and running full time with the operation hours of 10am to 3pm daily. Online reservations are required and are offered in 30 minute intervals with 1:30pm being the latest time to schedule a reservation which are offered on a first come, first-served basis. No tickets will be sold at the front gate.

Capacity limits will be adjusted based on the day of the week, taking into account that the weekends are more likely to be busy than the weekdays. The modified hours and freshly implemented reservation system will allow staff to maintain social distancing and cleaning protocols.

Maui Ocean Center Highlights

The Maui Ocean Center is the proud home of one of the world’s largest displays of live coral and exhibits filled with sharks, stingrays, turtles and other sea creatures. The care and maintenance of the sea life during the 10-month closure was essential as they were tended to daily by curators, divers, and aquarists.

The Ocean Center went above and beyond to ensure a virtual marine online education platform was made available to kindergarten through elementary school students so that their exposure to Hawaii’s aqua life was not sacrificed.

To meet the current compliance COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, all guests and staff members must submit to a thermal temperature check at gate entry, wear a mask an ensure social distancing. Park maps are also made available virtually to minimize human to human contact.



  • General admission will cost $38.59 for an adult
  • $27.55 for children between 4 and 12 years old
  • $35.28 for seniors
  • $27.55 for military personnel


  • General admission: $27.55 for an adult
  • $17.61 for children between 4 and 12 years old
  • $25.34 for seniors

For more information about the center and pricing packages, or to reserve a ticket, visit or call (808) 270-7000.

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