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The Waikīkī Aquarium is an aquarium in Honolulu, Hawaii, United States. It was founded in 1904 and has been an institution of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa since 1919. The aquarium is the second-oldest still-operating public aquarium in the United States, after the New York Aquarium.
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I was here 20 years ago and was excited to come back and share it with my family. It's still very educational and a really awesome day of chilling and learning. I literally spent a few hours just watching animals and listening to the application podcast for each exhibit. I could have spent more time relaxing and learning but I'm a nerd and my family members are not. The only thing I would add is a little cafe for those in the group that tap out early 👍
Venue is a bit small, and parking is practically non-existent. But the layout is nice, there is plenty to see, and the staff were very nice. They have some gorgeous exhibits, and if you take your time and read the placards, it is easily half a day trip. I coupled it with the zoo, which is only a short walk away. If your staying in, or near, Waikiki it is definitely worth checking out.
$12 for adults. Within walking distance from the main hotel area. Small aquarium but very nice collection of marine life. Definitely worth the price of admission. Gift shop is a bit cramped but that's not even a big deal. Well worth the visit.
The Waikiki is smaller than it should be; however, it still holds great exhibits that appear to be well taken care of. My favorite exhibit is the Asian Arowana they have but that tank should definitely be at least 3 feet longer. It is a nice place to spend an afternoon with a date, the family, or even by yourself.
This aquarium is small. Like, think of a small aquarium and then cut it in half and that’s the Waikiki Aquarium. There’s a coral/fish section(the biggest - 3/4 of the entire aquarium), a tide pool outside, and then a monk seal enclosure. That’s it. But, it is well maintained and clean and all the animals looked healthy. And for $8 (Kama’aina price) and a free toddler, it’s a good 45 minute excursion for a lazy day. If I was visiting, this wouldn’t be on my “must do” list BUT it would be a good option for a day that it’s raining or you just want to do something else besides shop/Waikiki/ beach. My son loved it so it works for me! Will probably visit again in a few weeks.
As a volunteer my opinion is a bit biased but from my experience most, if not all visitors from all different places enjoy a quiet afternoon at the aquarium. On certain days (usually during the summer or on spring break) teen volunteers run exhibitions on Early Hawaiians and the Sea. The exhibits are a bit small but beautifully maintained and vibrant. Would recommend as a short educational stop with the zoo.
Small aquarium but they filled it with a lot of nice exhibits. My son is obsessed with Marine life and really enjoyed it. The only disappointment was the closed exhibit outside for the seals & sea lions. Would have been nice to get a discount given one of the main attractions was closed.
Ehhhhh. When I went last week the seals exhibit was being renovated. I wish I had been told that prior to buying a ticket. There were LOTS of children that I had to maneuver past. I didn't mind but I could see how someone would get easily frustrated/annoyed. It is a small place that does feel a little older. I went for nostalgic reasons but wouldn't have gone otherwise. It does seem like a great place for families with kids, not really a date/stroll through by yourself.
A great place for family activity! I highly recommended if you are in Waikiki area! I loved the intimacy of this place, it is not too large, however there is so much to see. Great for families if you ever get a rainy day in Hawaii
They're trying but this aquarium needs a champion and a huge injection of cash to build a world-class place on Oahu, where visitors can learn and enjoy. Walking past the camped out homeless and those living in their cars on the street is not a welcoming path to the aquarium. Oahu has wealthy people, who should support a better place. Lovely surprise to see the seahorse exhibits!
VERY small. If you've ever been the Monterey Bay Aquarium you will be underwhelmed. The our 4 and 6 year old boys enjoyed it for a bit. Saw the entire place including the gift shop in 1 hour. Only worth visiting once. No off street parking. On Street Meter parking only.
This is more of a historic visit than a must-see on the island. The aquarium is VERY small and can be breezed through in 20 minutes. We spent 2 hours walking and enjoying the fist for my son's birthday - he had enough space to walk freely around and really enjoyed himself so I think kids definitely enjoy this spot more than the adults. It is slightly disappointing that a couple exhibits were under construction and a couple more just not operating; even the monk seal exhibit was closed! Only one small interactive area that allow people to touch sea creatures and shells, but a few open air tanks that can be misleading for little ones. The fish are beautiful, it's just too small with nearly no parking on site. Inside, there is a tiny gift shop. Items are cute but pricey. Overall, a great stopover/holdover activity for young children but other than that, it is quite lackluster. Kama'aina rate was $8 ($12 for standard admission), children under 3 are free, for what it's worth.
Perfect family's with small children. All exhibits are at a height that the kids can see without your help. You can see the whike thing in about an hour which is convenient for my 2 year old. Very reasonable priced for military. Non military is like 12 bucks so that's kinda pricey but not bad for Waikiki. All in all was a fun experience. Would go again
Small, but really interesting aquarium. Has some species that you seldom or never see anywhere else. Price is pretty reasonable. Displays are well lit, and lots of helpful labels. You can see most of the fish that you would see at Hanauma Bay, without getting wet. Perfect for younger children who might get bored and tired at a larger aquarium. A lot cheaper than Sea Life Park, and right on the edge of Waikiki. Park across the street, if the parking lot is full.
I really enjoyed the aquarium! Beautiful fish. We didn’t get to see the seal, because they were expanding its enclosure but other than that we had a wonderful time! Clean, friendly, and fun!
This is more of a historic visit than a must-see on the island. The aquarium is VERY small and can be breezed through in 20 minutes. We spent 2 hours walking and enjoying the fish for my son's birthday - he had enough space to walk freely around and really enjoyed himself so I think kids definitely enjoy this spot more than the adults. It is slightly disappointing that a couple exhibits were under construction and a couple more just not operating; even the monk seal exhibit was closed! Only one small interactive area that allow people to touch sea creatures and shells, but a few open air tanks that can be misleading for little ones. The fish are beautiful, it's just too small with nearly no parking on site. Inside, there is a tiny gift shop. Items are cute but pricey. Overall, a great stopover/holdover activity for young children but other than that, it is quite lackluster. Kama'aina rate was $8 ($12 for standard admission), children under 3 are free, for what it's worth.
Waikiki Aquarium is small, but it has some very impressive exhibits. On of the best was cuttlefish. They are so ugly they are cute. A little boy watching the cuttlefish told everyone how much he liked them – YUM. Not sure I would describe them in this manner, but he very obviously liked them
Attended the kick off for the summer concert series to raise funds for the Aquarium and it was one of my favorite experiences of 2018. Entertainment was astounding, venue breathtaking and the Cause is one worth supporting. Everything about it was phenomenal.
Small aquarium by the beach. Part of the exhibit area was closed off for construction. Staff are friendly. There is a variety of marine life displayed here for patrons to enjoy. A nice visit but I just wish there was more there for the money.
Cute aquarium, small considering its surrounded by water. Staff is super friendly, parking is tough, you may find a spot at the aquarium, otherwise its a long walk. Their monk seal was not there.