Located just a few short blocks from Waikiki Beach, this is a great place to learn about Hawaii's amazing ocean world. You ... More
Located just a few short blocks from Waikiki Beach, this is a great place to learn about Hawaii's amazing ocean world. You can see 400 different species at this small but mighty museum, including monk seals, sharks and sea turtles. A knowledgeable staff is on hand to narrate tours and answer questions. The aquarium has a good gift shop where you can ask about special events and excursions. It offers some terrific educational and community outreach programs.
It is small but well planned. You can run through in 15 minutes then complain. Take your time, look at every display, and enjoy. You can't take a bad picture in there. You could spend most of the day there. Try it.
Our family really enjoyed the Waikiki aquarium. Sure, you can make it through in 15 or 20 minutes if you just want to look at the fish, but you can do that at a pet store. If you take full advantage of all this aquarium has to offer, you won't be disappointed. We spent 2 hours at the aquarium because there were so many fascinating things to look, see, and read regarding the sea life that was on display. Our 2 young children (2 and 4) thoroughly enjoyed the visit, too.
I have kept reef aquariums for over ten years so I have a some idea of what they should look like. The quality and quantity of reef displays was better than any other aquarium I have visited. The aquarium is small but well suited for me. While I was admiring the tradacna clams a group of teenage girls walked by and exclaimed how they hate looking at corals and walked right on by. My review is from the perspective of an aquarist not average teen tourist.
This was a great value at only 9.00 a person to get you in to see tons of fish and marine life. There are headsets that tell you by number codes what each display contains so you are educated instead of just left guessing. There is a touch pool for the kids with an attendant. There is a great indoor and outdoor section.
This aquarium facility has very unique displays of an array of beautiful tropical fish, coral, sharks, jellyfish, seahorses, just to name a few. It's a self-guided tour that operates with a pre-recorded wand that you control and are able to listen to a brief summary of each display. The variety of displays makes up for it's smallness in size. But it is definately an affordable activity that can be squeezed into a day very easily. Worth checking out.
I was very disappointed with the aquarium. It certainly doesn't compare with any of the big aquariums on the Mainland coasts. The live-coral displays were the only item of interest for me, but even then, I was disappointed with their presentation. Considering their prime location in a multi-million-dollar tourism area, on millions of dollars worth of real estate, I expected so much more!
I am a Hawaii resident and since my husband is from Florida and wanted to see our aquarium I took him. He was'nt thrilled by the size and cost. As our zoo the aquarium is small and over priced if your comparing this place to your own. I feel the aquarium should expand and utilize the entire section of where they currently are. They should include the beach area to make this a large viewing place of sea life for all to see. The parking is full, meter parking is full and the beach users plug up the rest of whats left for parking. All island activities are very costly, so plan well is my advice.
I didn't like this aquarium because of the price of its admission tickets and then the only sealife is some fish and some otters.
I found this place nearby which was very cool to where we were staying; however, I found it deceptive once inside because it had mostly coral displays and not enough sealife.
While in Waikiki, this place is not a must see.
Go if you want, but leave your wallet at home.
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