Sea Life Park Hawaii, Waimanalo
Categories: Theme Parks, Water & Amusement Parks, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Sea Life Park Hawaii showcases more than 2,000 marine animals in their natural habitats and invites visitors to swim alongside many of them. Featuring multiple themed exhibits including a penguin park, bird sanctuary, dolphin cove, and Hawaiian reef aquarium, the park gives you the opportunities of a large-scale aquarium for animal viewing. However, you'll find that there are also many shows featuring the park's residents, which highlight the institution's marine conservation campaigns. Dive into one of the swim experiences to paddle with sea lions, dolphins, stingrays, or sharks. You can also get a taste of traditional Polynesian culture at the Chief's Luau, an interactive performance that includes food, hula dancing, and more. Book ahead of time to ensure your spot. See Sea Life Park Hawaii and all Waimanalo has to offer by arranging your trip with our Waimanalo holiday planner.
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I decided to do a swimming with the dolphin activity since I was available instead of stay back in Waikiki bored which cost me $398 for two people.Once we got to the park they explain all the rules go... read more »
Great time! Daughter did the dolphin encounter - she loved it. Highly recommend to to the Royal plan to swim with the dolphins. More costly but wish we would have spent the extra and done it. Be sure ... read more »
We got a 2 for 1 voucher from our rental car guide and figured it could be worth a look. Its a nice little wildlife park. Not the fanciest or the biggest but the dolphin shows were good and had a rang... read more »
My daughter and I went to Sea Life Park in Hawaii during our vacation and both of us agreed it was the best day of our entire trip! We did the Dolphin Swim Adventure together and had a blast! Afterwards we went to watch the Dolphin Lagoon show and the dolphins were incredibly trained and did flips in mid air, raced around the pool and blew our minds by how they interacted when a trainer jumped in and showed their human to dolphin relationship! There were other interactive programs other than swimming with dolphins such as feeding sea turtles, a shark encounter/swimming with sharks, feeding sea lions, a touch pool where you can feed some fish and touch sea urchins and starfish etc... and a big bird enclosure where the birds will fly right up to you and land on you and eat out of your hands! I fully recommend spending a day at Sea Life Park in Hawaii - even if you don't swim with dolphins or sharks it will be an amazing experience and fun for the whole family!
I haven't been here since my little kid days! It was a really nice experience getting to share it with my son and ocean loving husband. I remember it being bigger though, but I guess when you're a kid everything seems bigger! We got to see the Hawaiian Reef tank with all the sharks in it and other Hawaiian fish. We also got to see the dolphin show and my son and husband got splashed! We watched a Shark movie, not the 3D one, and it was really sad. It gave me the feels which I was not prepared for on our family fun day. After the video, we checked out the monk seals and turtles and even got to feed the birds! We brought some musubis and drinks to save ourselves from those super inflated food prices and watched a hula show while we chowed down on our grinds! We didn't get to stay for the big dolphin show because our little man was ready for a nap. We definitely enjoyed ourselves and made some lasting memories. I can't wait (I mean, I can) until my little man gets a little older and really understands how cool everything is!
We went to the Chief's Luau located at Sea Life Park. Didn't see much of the park itself, but had a fantastic time at the luau. We got a lei as we got off the bus, along with a complimentary Maitai or soft drink. There were activities and photos, delicious food and great entertainment.
Nice place to take your family and watch the dolphin show. There have been a significant improvement over the year on the the facilities and they've added more attraction. One tip: there may be a cheaper alternative when buying and entrance tick... check the Costco nearby and buy the ticket from there.
Yes, the park is smaller than other similar facilities like Sea World. But all the hands-on opportunities, and the way the staff connect your experience with their work in conservation and study of marine life, really set it apart. Definitely worth a visit. And make sure you come early! Not sure how a previous reviewer was able to see the whole place in an hour: we did the Dolphin Encounter (with Kavilikai, the dolphin hybrid that ought not exist!) at 9:30, saw the big show at 11:00, and our 2:30pm bus departure pulled us away long before we had finished browsing the exhibits. Just know your own pace I guess: if you breeze through a museum in 30min, a whole day here will leave you bored, I guess. Not us! A note about the food: there is a genuine Pink's at Sea Life Park, the only one I've seen outside of the original in Hollywood, and without the usual line of customers going all the way around the building! I drive past Pink's every week for years and never tried it because the wait is always ridiculous. Finally did so here, of all places, and it was excellent. (But in the end, it's a hot dog, you know? Not fine cuisine) This was one of the greatest highlights of our Hawaii trip. Reserve your dolphin encounter or swim WEEKS in advance, and be gentle with all the marine life within arm's reach!
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