This is a nice little aquarium and especially good for kids. We were lucky enough to find street parking within walking distance. Our 4-year-old got in free and the adults each got $1 off the $9 general admission with our AAA discount.We were given devices to listen to for an audio tour, but we didn't use them and proceeded at our 4-year-old's pace and left whenvever he declared he was done. Tip: Bring sunscreen and a hat because some displays are outside in direct sun. Among many other things, we saw:* Variety of tropical fish * Monk seals (check times for shows) * Interactive exhibit (can hold and touch hermit crab)* Sharks* Jellyfish * Grouper* Octopus There's a gift shop and a place for kids to make souvenir pennies. There are beaches within walking distance of the aquarium.
See hammer head sharks, tropical fish, sharks, and turtles.
Just a short walk along the beach east from coastal Waikiki, this similarly named aquarium provides inquisitive visitors with an unequaled look at Hawaii's abundant sea life. Fish from all along the islands are stored in beautifully decorated living tanks, that are home to coral more vibrantly colored than most anything you'll find offshore at Waikiki. Keep your eyes peeled for Hawaii's state fish, the exhaustively long named humuhumunukunukuapua'a (Anyone like to try that one five times fast). For an informative and visually pleasing look at Hawaii's underwater residents, bring the whole family to the Waikiki Aquarium.
An underwater adventure for the whole family
The indoor reef exhibits are superb. There is also a decent amount of information available about the types of fish one can find in and around the Hawaiian islands. The outdoor area did not seem like much, with the Hawaiian monk seal exhibit seeming particularly barren despite having two on exhibit.
Small aquarium but filled with very colorful reef fish. Our daughter was gloriously entertained. That's all that really matters, right?
Small - but enough to get acquainted with Hawaiian reef fish.
Waikiki Aquarium is right on the beach, nestled in a little park area just east of the main Waikiki beach. It is accessible by foot by most tourists staying in the Waikiki area. It isn't large, compared to many aquariums in the world, but more small and intimate. So don't be expecting a lot of large fish. There is a hands-on area toward the end of it, where you can see up close many sea creatures.
You would expect that an island with a high density of tourists would have an excellent aquarium. Unfortunately that doesn't seem to be the case. There are very few attractions and most of which can be found in many mainland aquariums. Might be a nice spot if you're looking for something quick/cheap to do with kids but otherwise avoid it. Save your fish-spotting for the actual ocean.