Waikiki Aquarium
Waikiki Aquarium
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Llewellyn53
    Melbourne, Australia4,267 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Grandparent Saviour
    Ok it's not big but the prices are very reasonable. The exhibits are varied and indoor and outdoor and the staff are friendly and helpful especially with getting the kids involved in the outside area. The best news is the grandkids were fascinated - 100's of Nemos, jellyfish, sharks, crabs, coral, seahorses, sea dragons and even the diving tank cleaner lady etc. With the kids on an island tour this escape was a grandparent godsend. It does get busy so arrive at 9 to avoid the post breakfast rush.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 18 August 2023
  • John
    476 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding glimpse into Hawaiian sea life.
    A very professional approach to presenting underwater life in a user-friendly and educational way. Unfortunately the Monk Seal had gone to visit California so nothing much to see outside. Good to see a place offering a Senior discount too!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 August 2023
  • Brown_Samantha
    Kennewick, Washington1,694 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very small nicely done - No monk seals and no octopus - nice tropical fish
    Is it worth the $12? Probably not, but we had some time so it was a good fit. We just walked over from our Waikiki hotel/resort. Small interior area but many tanks with interesting fish. Probably great for small children and exposure to aquariums. There is a large outdoor tank that we actually enjoyed more. Not much there as monk seals are gone. Octopus not there either. Less than one hour.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 August 2023
  • AsherP0403
    Bloomington, Illinois21 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Meh. Just okay, maybe.
    Not sure how this would ever take one hour let alone two. It’s certainly not worth $12. Though learning about the coral reefs and ecosystems was interesting, the featured marine life was okay. I’ve seen much better at other aquariums for about the same price. No seals. No octopus. Seems those areas were under construction. The most interesting marine life was jellyfish species. Not worth time or money.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 November 2023
  • Dawnrosemary
    Corona, California167 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take a break from the heat and spend some time with cool fish.
    Quaint aquarium that allows you to take your time and and get up close to many species of fish. This aquarium does a lot of reef conservation and helps with regrowth. Unfortunately, the Monk Seal was in San Diego at the time of my visit. At this time the enclosure was closed for refurbishment. They did have a large outdoor aquarium for viewing, the rest of the environment is inside with great A/C. The week I was there temps were in the high 80’s, the indoor environment was what I needed for a hot and humid day. I spent 90 min here. Great price…$12
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 November 2023
  • plaidbagel
    Walla Walla, Washington983 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An hour's worth of entertainment.
    We spent about an hour here. We got out of the rain so happy we were mostly inside and enjoyed walking around but when we went outside, we realized there was nothing out there as it was being worked on. Bummer! They take your picture and try and get you to buy a book. We did end up buying it as a souvenir as you also got the digital pics. But one of the pics was with the seal that is no longer there. My kiddo did enjoy it and there were many fish we hadn't seen before. Worth it if it's a walk from your hotel or to get out of the rain or sun.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 January 2024
  • Christine K
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun little aquarium
    We were looking for fun things to do with kids on a rainy day in Waikiki Beach and found this aquarium. We were able to walk here from our hotel (with kids aged 13 and 7 and one adult with a broken foot). The aquarium was small but had lots of cool exhibits including seahorses, sharks, octopi, jellyfish, stingrays, sea urchins, turtles, tropical fish, coral, and more. The seal exhibit was closed but we were lucky enough to see one in the wild basking in the sun days before, so we weren’t disappointed. Staff members were friendly and answered a lot of questions from my curious 7 year old. We spent an hour or two here and had a nice visit.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 January 2024
  • H P N
    Zebulon, North Carolina121 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice little aquarium
    It is a nice little aquarium. There are quite a few different tanks and type of fish, although the seals are still missing. I would say tops is to spend an hour there, and probably best aimed at younger children.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 February 2024
  • Dchoch
    Lewisville, Texas71 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really nice small aquarium
    We knew by the reviews that this was a small aquarium so we were able to enjoy with that I mind. It is a really nice aquarium. The collection is good, the information is interesting. I would recommend taking a little of your time to visit. We didn’t have children but still enjoyed it.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 April 2024
  • William R
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    WAIKIKI AQUARIUM - a wonderful place to visit, especially on a warm Waikiki day! Great place for young famalies.
    We had a very nice aquarium visit. It was a 1.4 mile stroll from EMBASSY SUITES, 201 Beachwalk St in Waikiki. The entry fee was very reasonable & the staff very polite & knowledgeable about the variuos exhibitions. The visit lasted about 1.5 hours & we got to see a lot of sea life & sea life that is relevant to Hawaii.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 May 2024
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Peter M
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
This is a small aquarium but the price reflects that. We enjoyed meandering through and talking with the young volunteers about the local sea life. It was a nice little haven in a busy area!
Written 26 June 2024
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BrooklynRider
Brooklyn, NY142 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We visits the aquarium one morning before headed to the beach. This is a very small aquarium and took us about 1.5 hours to see it all. The indoor exhibits were excellent and well curated with sea life endemic to Hawai’i. The docents were engaging and very knowledgeable from sea life to Hawai’i geology. Sadly, monk seals were not on display. We (2 adults) paid $12 each, so it is a relatively inexpensive, easy to walk to attraction. The aquarium has some upgrades to exhibits planned, but other than monk seals all of the tanks had gorgeous creatures. Take a break from the beach for this lovely diversion. While the zoo is antiquated and in urgent need of upgrades (the fantastic potential is untapped at this time), this is the opposite. Two thumbs up.
Written 25 June 2024
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Racquel C
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Great place to visit in Waikiki. There are diverse marine species in the aquarium. The place is really enjoyable to visit especially if you have kids!

Volunteer students are really smart and adorable. Hope others would volunteer too!
Written 19 June 2024
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h_e_tompkins
Round Rock, TX48 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Because we arrived on the island during a very rainy period, we chose to do an indoor activity. The aquarium is very small but contains some very nice displays.

I would skip it if the weather had allowed, but as a backup plan it worked to entertain our little kids for about an hour.
Written 23 May 2024
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GillJezz
Aberystwyth, UK539 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We walked here from our hotel along the seafront and through the park. There was very little else of interest in Waikiki to be honest, with its overcrowded beach, sky high prices and hideous architecture. However, this was extremely good. We've been to bigger aquariums but this was probably the most informative. The conservation work these people are supporting is impressive too. Recommended.
Written 6 May 2024
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William R
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We had a very nice aquarium visit. It was a 1.4 mile stroll from EMBASSY SUITES, 201 Beachwalk St in Waikiki. The entry fee was very reasonable & the staff very polite & knowledgeable about the variuos exhibitions. The visit lasted about 1.5 hours & we got to see a lot of sea life & sea life that is relevant to Hawaii.
Written 3 May 2024
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Julie K
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
This aquarium is very sweet. The fish are easily seen and admired. The staff is very knowledgeable and attentive. I had a good time. I think you should consider it. It is very inexpensive.
Written 10 April 2024
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Dchoch
Lewisville, TX71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We knew by the reviews that this was a small aquarium so we were able to enjoy with that I mind. It is a really nice aquarium. The collection is good, the information is interesting. I would recommend taking a little of your time to visit. We didn’t have children but still enjoyed it.
Written 8 April 2024
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Radop211
Ottawa, Canada37 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
A large variety of creatures. The aquarium is small in nature but great for kids, thankfully the passes were part of the Luau a few days before
Written 20 March 2024
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nicol c
Glenmore Park, Australia59 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
Very lovely aquarium. Doesn't take long to walk through it. Unfortunately the seals were not there, had moved on. Not expensive to get in and not too far to walk to from where I was staying.
Written 5 March 2024
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