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Sea Life Park Hawaii, Waimanalo

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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. To visit Sea Life Park Hawaii on your trip to Waimanalo, use our Waimanalo trip itinerary planning site .
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  • Dolphin Encounter - This is the Premium Attraction we chose for our Go Card. We went early, right on opening hour and had a great experience right away with the ticketing staff. They're friendly and i...  more »
  • As a 3-year-old children participated in the Dolphin en counters. Children 触re合e with dolphins, it seems fun. No opportunity to touch the dolphins did not so good experience. Not as much so, sharks, sea turtles, sea lions, birds, etc. and the entire facility is like a small Zoo, but size and quality.
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  • From the seat of the lagoon dolphin show is spectacular. Dolphin show quality honest and Shirahama adventure world is no better. And play half the Park is not very widely enough. Dolphin en counter, but bad cospa. Families were struggling to take the wedding ring cannot participate and not all personal ornaments, fat, not decades. From Japanese staff still so much I say things in the eye and it was unpleasant.
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  • The two shows we watched, the sea lion show and the dolphin show were fantastic. The staff were enthusiastic and engaging and of course the animals were real stars. Overall the park was better than what I expected after reading some of the poor reviews about the state of the park. It is small and even with two young ones under 6 in tow, we completed the visit in less than 2 hours. It was well worth it for us cause we managed to get heavily discounted tickets online otherwise I think it's a bit pricey for what you get. I would suggest you go around 10am in the morning as the two shows we watched were at 11.15 and 12.30. The bird section where you can feed the birds was really cool and the young ones loved it so much. The birds really do love perching on you, food or no food. They close for an hour at 12. Of course do check that these times don't change. Happy travels!
  • Sea Life Park is a great place for all! Arriving through the mountains was fabulous and scenic. You get to see the beauty that is Hawaii. Entering the park you get to see the many species of deep sea life from various types of sharks to sting rays. The dolphin shows are amazing as is swimming with the dolphins, which I highly recommend. It was great to see my sea lion friends enjoying themselves, especially the one basking in the sun. It is truly an experience for all...ENJOY!!!
  • We were very impressed with our visit here. We have been to sea world several times and even though this place seems a little small it was very intimate. Our kids did the dolphin experience and sting ray swim and it was very personal. Something you don’t get at the big parks. Highly recommended!
  • I'm rating three stars despite my gut saying "rate them two." First thing, do not pay full price! You will feel robbed if you do. The park is small. We had friends visiting from the mainland and bought a pack of four adult admission tickets from Costco for about $69. At full price, or even a small discount, this would be a one star experience. Although I had been to Sea Life Park before, it's been at least a year since my last visit. The first exhibit you see after you walk in is a large tank display with sharks and fish. Most of the fish are in terrible condition. Fins and tails deteriorated, and growth or disease on their bodies. Some of the sharks had abrasions or sores exposing the tissue on their noses. It made me a bit embarrassed that we brought our friends here. The penguin exhibit was dismal at best. I saw only two and they were barely visible to an adult, so unless a child were to be held up by an adult, they would have had no way to see them from where they were. Same goes for the stingray exhibit. If you have children, there is a small playground which is nice. The staff is friendly, the restrooms were clean, and we saw the dolphin show which was entertaining. Don't get seduced by the Dolphin Experience. It's a money trap for tourists. They do have Dole Whip which is a plus since the only other place I've seen it is at the Dole Plantation near the North Shore. The touch pool is decent, but could be improved. Maybe not have a small shark exhibit where people can reach in the water inside the touch pool area if you don't want people trying to touch the sharks. Sends mixed signals on what's okay. The Cockatiel and Love Bird aviary was great. People spent a lot of time in there feeding the birds and enjoying the many different color variations. Overall, this is kind of what I would call a "buyer beware" location. At full price, it's not worth it. If you've been to other parks like this on the mainland, you might be disappointed.
  • Brought my wife and daughters here. Watched the dolphin show, it was fun. Saw all the separate attractions and had a blast. My 2 year old specifically loved the bird cage area where you can hold sticks with bird feed adhered to it, and the birds will fly on the stick to eat. Great family day
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