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Waikiki Aquarium, Honolulu

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#3 of 6 in Zoos & Aquariums in Hawaii
Thanks to Waikiki Aquarium you won’t need scuba gear to see all the magnificence of Hawaiian marine life. Established in 1904, the aquarium is one of the oldest in the United States. Since its beginning, the aquarium’s mission was to display, preserve, and study the abundance of local species. The themed exhibits include everything from corals, jellyfish, and octopuses, to turtles and seals. At one moment you’ll be admiring the beauty and the colors of Hawaiian fish, and at the next you’ll be eye-to-eye with a shark. Touch ponds provide a lot of fun for kids and adults alike. Audio tours are available with the admission, and while this aquarium might not be the biggest one, it offers great opportunities for learning and enjoyment. To visit Waikiki Aquarium on your holiday in Honolulu, and find out what else Honolulu has to offer, use our Honolulu trip planner.
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  • October 2, 2017
    by no means the largest aquarium, it is still worth the price of admission, and can teach a lot about Hawaiian marine life.  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    The fish tanks have some of the most colourful sea life I've ever seen. It is expensive and isn't very big though, so if you aren't into fish, I don't think I would recommend going.  more »
  • October 1, 2017
    We visited this aquarium after we had climbed Diamond Head earlier in the morning, since they are at the same end of town. I was expecting it to be really small, but I was pleasantly surprised. It's a...  more »
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  • May 14, 2017
    Such a nice aquarium. Definitely would go here again. Had a good time here. The animals were neat. Don't understand why people say this place sucks. I was impressed with the place. It's sad how this place is under appreciated. Great for the kids! Yes I understand it's not the largest aquarium in the world but it's really cool. I recommend going here if you want to kill some time or just spend the day there.
  • June 25, 2017
    Meticulously maintained and spotless tanks. Gorgeous reef tanks. Not too crowded even on a Saturday afternoon. Worth the $12 admission, plan on 1-2 hour visit.
  • March 21, 2017
    My children loved this aquarium. It's well worth the entrance fee to give them a chance to explore and learn about the ocean and its precious resources. Plus, if you remember to bring your camera, there are priceless photo ops in every corner! Adults can learn a lot too, and simply be entertained, and leave with the good feeling of having helped support a worthy institution.
  • June 17, 2017
    Great value. Lots of coral and colorful fish. Awesome jellyfish exhinit. Mostly indoors so ideal activity for a hot day.
  • February 12, 2017
    My kids and I liked this small but well-maintained aquarium. As long as you don't have high expectation, I believe you will enjoy it. Explanations about coral ecosystem were excellent. Great place to learn and enjoy ocean's various creatures. Parking space near the entrance is limited but there are lots of parking space by the roadside near aquarium.

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