Have you ever looked into the eye of a zebra shark? Seen an octopus opening a jar? Or met the real-life versions of Dori and Nemo? Located next to a living coral reef, the award winning Waikiki Aquarium brings guests face-to-fin with colorful tropical fish, reef sharks, living corals, endangered Hawaiian monk seals, sea jellies, squid, octopus and more!
We took the girls to The Waikiki Aquarium to check out their sea life exhibits and to see Ho‘ailona, the newest resident Hawaiian monk seal who was found on the Island of Kaua‘i more than 3-years ago after he was abandoned by his mother.
The Waikiki Aquarium is a small area which includes indoor and outdoor exhibits including a Coral Farm and Giant Clams:
The Edge of the Reef where you can get up close and personal with some of the local animals that can be found in tide pools:
Beautiful indoor fish tanks:
And my favorite exhibit . . . the jellyfish. I could just sit and watch these graceful creatures all day long.
There’s also a big grassy area where the kids can run around and play. This was great for us since Kaila decided to be very uncooperative during this outing. She didn’t want to sit in her stroller. She didn’t want to walk and hold hands. All she wanted to do was scream at the poor fishies. *sigh*
We were able to get through the entire aquarium in little over an hour which is the perfect time span if you have younger kids with you. There’s also a cute little gift shop and drink vending machines throughout the property. However, there are no food concessions so make sure you pack a snack for your kids. In fact, I wished I had packed a picnic lunch since the aquarium is right across Kapiolani Park.
It was a great way to spend a little time outdoors and gain some valuable information about the ocean life that surrounds the Hawaiian Islands.
The Waikiki Aquarium
9:00am – 4:30pm, daily
- General Admission: $9 (Kama’aina/Military/Students/Seniors: $6)
- Youth ages 13-17: $4
- Junior ages 5-12: $2
- Children under 4: FREE
Owner of An Island Life. A flight attendant and mother to 3 beautiful girls. . . living a blessed life in Hawaii.