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Waikiki Aquarium
Waikiki Aquarium

Waikiki Aquarium

8.271 reviews
Sights and Museums, Zoo or Aquarium
Ranked #10 in Honolulu things to do
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2777 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 923-9741
http://www.waquarium.org
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Visitors to Hawaii will quickly notice the population of local sea life here is diverse and tropical, alike nothing you have back home unless of course your home is another tropical location. Still, ... Read more
there are vibrantly colored fish and corals here that are found nowhere else in the world, and the Waikiki Aquarium promises to be home to more variety than will be found in the waters off Waikiki. They are just a short walk from the heart of Waikiki, and are run by a highly trained and helpful staff that are more than willing to help you and yours get the most out of your visit as possible.

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Local from Honolulu

Kind of a let down considering it’s in Hawai‘i. You’ll have better luck going to the ocean!

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Edinburgh

Small but beautifully presented. A wonderful way to spend a few hours enjoying the gorgeous tropical fish in reef settings.

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If you find yourself strolling around Waikiki, the Aquarium is a good stop. Open most days 9am - 4:30pm and located at the foot of Diamond Head at the oceans edge. This is the 2nd oldest public Aquarium in the United States. With over 500 marine species and more than 3,000 marine specimens. Addimmision is $12 Adults, $5 Children (4-12).

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Palo Alto

The Waikiki Aquarium is probably the cutest aquarium out there. Part of their exhibit is outside. They could clean up a little more though.

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Founded in 1904, it is the second oldest public aquarium in the United States. Since 1919, the Waikiki Aquarium has been an institution of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. It's just a 15 minute walk west of Diamond Head Beach Hotel.

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This is a groovy way to see ocean life up close and personal. One of may favorite pics is one of my son in the giant clam shell. Great place to show keiki the life under the sea.

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While this aquarium is small it is very knowledgeable of the local species on this island.

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Garden Grove

This is small but very nice for people of all ages. They have a rare Hawaiian monk seal who is so friendly, and lots of interesting exhibits of tropical sea creatures. The nautilus and squid / cutlefish are so cute! Visiting the aquarium supports valuable marine research by the University of Hawaii.

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Local from Waipahu

Wonderful day to go was the 112th birthday celebration. Admitted for $4 with plenty to see and do.

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Local from Honolulu

It is a small aquarium but very welcoming! There are many interesting species to observe and learn from. The people are very nice. This place actually works as fund collector for research at the University of Hawaii and conservation programs! Loved the jellyfishes!!

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They had some cool exhibits but it's EXTREMELY small and not worth full price. Kama'aina discount is maybe worth it.

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A small but excellent spot on the edge of Waikiki to get acquainted with the local marine life. Run by the University of Hawaii. Plan for a 2 hour visit

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Austin

The aquarium is great for families, and is a nice way to get out of the sun and inside for a half day without feeling like you are missing out on something specifically Hawaiian.

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Los Angeles

Came walking around at the Waikiki beach and happened to find this aquarium. It was pretty small but enough for exploration for an hour.

General Admission - $9

If you have a....

Kama'aina (with proof of residency),
Active Duty Military (with military ID),
Students (with student ID),
Seniors (65+ with ID)

it'll be $6

if you are ...

Youth Admission (13-17),
Persons with a Disability

it'll $4

children between 5-12 age - $2

children ages 4 and under - FREE

Pretty cheap for this a decent size aquarium. Thinking about the Aquarium of Pacific in Long Beach with a $24.95 general admission, ugh, this is way cheaper and worth the visit. Kids can browse around while parents sit and rest. What interested me were the trees they had outside. I remember asking one of the Waikiki workers about this interesting tree because it was different looking than any ordinary Hawaii trees. This place has many interesting creatures. You gotta check it out. I thought the different colors of the clam shells were cool. :)

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Located in the strip of Waikiki at the end of Kalakaua right on the ocean. This quaint little aquarium houses the species known to the Hawaiian islands we may have the opportunity to see but a lot more on land. Beautiful sea life that captive many who witness them. It also rents out the lawn for weddings, corporate events and proms as I had the honor to chaperone. Beautiful setting for a beautiful place to see many of the islands sea life spectaculars. Great for families!!!

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Culver City

This place isn't very big. You could easily see everything here in less than an hour.

What I like about the Waikiki Aquarium is that they have their own parking. (Free parking)

Also, they give military $3 off general admission. My favorite exhibit at the Waikiki Aquarium is the one of the seals.

Oh, and you can also see the Hawaiian state fish here... the humuhumunukunukuapuaa.

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Thousand Oaks

A great place to visit for all ages. Amazing to see all of the fish species in Hawaii, and of course, the kids lovvvvvve it!

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San Luis Obispo

Avoid Oahu's Sea Life Park, which is a downtrodden animal-circus attraction, and skip the so-called dolphin encounters that tour outfitters offer. Instead, take yourself to this often overlooked little aquarium just south of Waikiki Beach's main strip. You'll learn a lot more about Hawaii's rainbow variety of sea life, and be able to see endangered monk seals, too. Very kid-friendly, and just a short bus ride or walk from most hotels in Waikiki.

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Local from Honolulu

The Waikiki Aquarium is small, but full of plenty of informational and educational exhibits, as well as hands-on displays.

The Hawaiian Monk Seals are always a big hit with visitors.

The Shark Gallery, jellyfish, octopus, and eels were favorites of my kids.

Limited free parking is available on site for one hour.

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Local from Honolulu

Over all if you have a family this is a nice little stop to see the underwater wildlife all in one place, but really that's about it. Children are easy to entertain, but adults...not so much. I was never entertained here...not for more then a few moments and in fact a well known secret is some of the best snorkeling on Waikiki is actually right behind the Aquarium on the beach...The REEF SYSTEM is AMAZING there...why would I pay to look at an underwater world when I can snorkel in one a few feet away!!!! This never did make sense to me. The Aquarium is VERY SMALL and you can get through it in about an hour...which makes me wonder...why bother...well at least for adults. When it comes to the Waikiki Aquarium and the Honolulu Zoo...over all on a scale of 1-10 as far as Zoos and Aquariums go...they are seriously in the 3-5 scale zone...sad for such a beautiful place with such amazing resources, but I'm just speaking the truth...If you want to see an Aquarium...seriously wait till you get to Maui.

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