Waikiki Aquarium

Waikiki Aquarium

Waikiki Aquarium is one of the popular things to do in Oahu amongst the many Honolulu attractions for visitors in Oahu.  Located next to a living coral reef, this award winning aquarium will delight you with multi-colored tropical fish, monk seals, reef sharks, live corals, and much more!

Recognized as the 2nd oldest aquarium in the United States, the Waikiki Aquarium was first built in 1904.  2016 marks the 112th anniversary of the Honolulu Aquarium.  It is part of the University of Hawaii today and has been designated as the Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center for the Pacific Island Region of the Coastal America Partnership.

Waikiki Aquarium Sea Dragon

The exhibits at the this Honolulu aquarium consist of about 3500 marine animals, and is visited by over 350,000 visitors per year.  All programs are focused on Hawaiian and tropical Pacific aquatic life.


Make sure to check out the new Sea horse exhibits.  There are 9 displays of these precious and rare syngnathid specicies, including the popular sea dragons, pipefish, and other beautiful and colorful types of exotic seahorses. A couple sea horse nursery tanks are currently on display.


Waikiki Aquarium Jellyfish




The Waikiki Aquarium Jellyfish exhibits are quiet peaceful and mesmerizing.  I could spend all day in front of their circular roundabout filled with Moon Jellyfish.  Lagoon Jellies are on display as well.




Also new on display are the Green Sea Turtle Exhibit, and the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Exhibit.  Don't miss one of the rarest fish in the ocean that happens to be on display, the Pepperment Angel Fish.

Waikiki Aquarium Exhibits

A fun element of this century old aquarium are the different types of exhibits that have evolved over the years. 

Waikiki Aquarium Scuba Diver



Take time and explore all the exhibits.  You might even find a scuba diver attending to the tanks from time to time.

The Outdoor Exhibits

Not many aquarium facilities around the world offer an outdoor experiece.  Because of the tropical environment and available land, the Waikiki Aquarium is able to feature a few exhibits, including a 7,500 gallon tide pool, a Hawaiian Monk Seal Exhibit, a Giant Clam Exhibit, and an expansive grass field where events are held, including Hawaiian concerts during the summer time.

Waikiki Aquarium Reef


Edge of the Reef is a fun hands on experience that portrays a large tide pool with many of its characteristics.  Here you'll find and interact with starfish, sea cucumbers, sea urchins and coarl fish.



Waikiki Aquarium Monk Seal


The Hawaiian Monk Seal Habitat
is probably the most popular exhibit at the aquarium.  And why not...they are so adorable and fun to watch!  Currently there are 2 housed rescue pups.  The Hawaiian Monk Seals are an indangered species, and protected not only by our state and government, but by volunteer groups as well. 


The Waikiki Aquarium is an inexpense
Honolulu attraction, that is a quick fun experience for the whole family!  It's easy find, usually not crowded, and offers a nice brake from the beach and other activities.

Inquire about their 2016 summer music concert series, known as "Ke Kani O Ke Kai", that features popular local Hawaiian bands.  Enjoy the performances in the backyard area as they play into the sunset.  It's also a great way to experience an outdoor concert right next to the ocean!

June 9th will be featuring Ben & Maila, Kawika Kahiapo, and Chad Takatsugi.
June 23rd, will be featuring Streetlight Cadence and HAPA.
July 7th will be featuring Kupaoa, Mark Yamanaka, and Amy Hānaialiʻi
July 21st will be featuring Lehua Kalima, Maunalua, Raiatea Helm
August 4th will be featuring Jeff Peterson, Melveen Leed, Natalie Ai Kamauu

Gift Shop

Waikiki Aquarium Gift Shop


The aquarium gift shop has lots of unique items for sale, including books, artwork, toys, and many things representing our Kai (ocean).  Make sure to stop by and purchase a momento to take home or a gift for someone.  The proceeds help fund this costly fun Honolulu Attraction!

Visitor Information


 Current Aquarium Schedule

Regular Hours:
            -  Open  9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily
            -  Close  5:00 p.m.

Holiday Hours: 

-  Thanksgiving Day (November 28, 2013) - 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
   Close at 3:00 p.m.
 
-  New Year’s Day (January 1, 2014) - 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
   Close at 5:00 p.m.

Scheduled Closures:
           -  Honolulu Marathon Day (December 8th, 2013)
           -  Christmas Day (December 25, 2013)

Admission Fees

Waikiki Aquarium Reef

General Admission for Adults - $12

Kama’aina (with proof of residency), 
Active Duty Military (with military ID) - $8

Seniors (65+ with ID),
Persons with a Disability  -  $5

Junior Admission (4-12 yrs old with an adult) -  $5

Children 3 and Under (with an adult)  -  FREE

Getting to the Waikiki Aquarium

Address and Location

The aquarium's exact address is at 2777 Kalakaua Avenue, along the shore in Kapiolani Park.  It is an easy walk from Waikiki towards Diamond Head.  Tel #:  (808) 923-9741

For temporary and permanent exhibits, events, and educational classes, you may visit the Waikiki Aquarium Website for more information.

In the Waikiki Aquarium Area


Honolulu Zoo

Honolulu Zoo



Has the Waikiki Aquarium got you pumped up to see more animals?
Walk across the street through Kapiolani Park, and you will discover the Honolulu Zoo.


The Honolulu Zoo Exhibits include a Tropical Forest, African Savanna, Bird Sanctuary, Pacific Islands exhibit, and a Keiki Zoo.

exhibits include a Bird Sanctuary, Tropical Forest, African Savanna, Pacific Islands exhibit, and the Keiki (Children’s)  Zoo. - See more at: http://www.best-of-oahu.com/honolulu-zoo.html#sthash.VV0KiL38.dpuf


Diamond Hiking Trail

Oahu Hiking Trails Diamond Head



Look up when you're at the aquarium, and you'll see Diamond Head in clear view site...including hikers who made their way up to the top!


You could begin the hike up Diamond Head from the aquarium which will add a couple miles each way to your treck, or take a short drive around the other side of the mountain, and start from inside the crater.


Diamond Head Beach Park

Diamond Head Beach


What's on the otherside of Diamond Head?  How about a long beautiful local beach!  Diamond Head Beach is home to some wealth beach home owners, weekend warrior surfers, and quiet sun bathers looking to escape busy Waikiki!



Give yourself some time stroll Diamond Head Beach, gawk at the beach houses, and explore the many tide pools.

Hau Tree

Hau Tree Restaurant


This on-the-beach Waikiki Restaurant is located in the New Otani Hotel at the base of Diamond Head, and next door to the Waikiki Aquarium.  They are open for breakfast and dinner only, so take advantage of the opportunity if you're there!

Aloha & Enjoy!!

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