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Sea Life Park Hawaii, Waimanalo
(2.6/5 based on 1,000+ reviews on the web)
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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  • A friend and I wanted to something different and exciting to do on a rainy day and decided we wanted a little rush and boy did that Encounter deliver! Loved that a hammerhead shark was 3 feet from my ...  more »
  • This place is more educational than entertaining. It's very small. To do anything fun you have to pay extra and you have to prepay. Generally that's not bad but if I would have paid for feeding the se...  more »
  • Quite small for the admission price they charge. Probably can look at everything in 2 hours. Dolphin encounter is also on the pricey side considering what's involved (2 kisses and a handshake). The do...  more »
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  • 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 park but the dolphin shows were good and had a range of other sealife on show. The staff were helpful and happy to answer any questions you may have. Have a chat to the guy with the parrots, he's a good dude. Also go into the bird enclosure, you will have them fly past you or land on you arms/head. Just be careful if your wife/girlfriend has a fake flower in her hair, the birds will try to eat it.
  • I hate to give this place only 2 stars because the staff members are really friendly & the cute animals work/try hard to entertain us...but frankly, I was not impressed with this place. The only reason why I even came here is because I signed up for a dolphin "adventure" (I'll get to that in a second) and admission was included. Our activity wasn't scheduled till 11:45am, but we got to the park a little bit before they opened because I wanted to explore and check out all the other attractions. Sea Life Park is SO SMALL, we were able to walk around the entire place within about 20 minutes. Then again, half of the attractions & stores were closed...so there really wasn't much to see or do. We ended up just sitting around waiting until our dolphin "adventure". The dolphin swim "adventure" was SO NOT WORTH the $189.99/person. You literally get to touch the dolphin for about 5minutes (that includes the interactive group lesson where you get to rub the dolphin's belly, two belly rides & dolphin kiss), and the photo's they take of you with the dolphins aren't even included with the package. I think it was somewhere around $25-$45 per photo; I bought mine anyway. In the end, I ended up paying a little over $210.00+ for myself alone. *sigh* I truly feel this park has the potential to be a great tourist attraction, especially because the park has an amazing view of the ocean ...but in order for that to happen they really need to do some major renovations here. A lot of the tanks were dirty and some of the windows were scratched up so our visibility was limited. Some of the tanks/pools for the animals are also pretty tiny...so it was a bit disheartening to see them in that kind of nature. They also need to find better/more fun ways for people to actually enjoy the dolphin activities. Either that or lower the price.
  • 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!
  • The Chiefs Luau is a must do. Fun activities, amazing food, and the show is out of this world. The Chief made the show both educational and extremely funny. The dancers loved what they were doing and it showed. The fire dancers were world class. I give this place my highest recommendation!!
  • 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!