Waikiki Aquarium

Phone (808) 923-9741
4 stars from 6 reviews
Address 2777 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815
One of the oldest aquariums in the United States.

• General: Cost: Paid • General: Discount: Kama'aina
• General: Educational • General: Good For Rainy Days
• General: Has Gift Shop • General: Kid Activities
• General: Photo Opportunity • Sightseeing: Wildlife
• Tours: Self Guided

About Waikiki Aquarium
The Waikiki Aquarium is located on the shoreline of Waikiki Beach next to a living reef and across from Kapiolani Park. The Aquarium – second oldest in the U.S. – showcases more than 500 marine species, and maintains more than 3,500 marine specimens. Public exhibits, education programs and research focus on the unique aquatic life of Hawai‘i and the tropical Pacific. The Aquarium welcomes more than 300,000 visitors annually, and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except Honolulu Marathon Sunday and Christmas Day. Admission is $12 for visitors; $8 for local residents and active duty military with ID, $5 for senior citizens and juniors ages four to 12; and free for children three and under and Friends of Waikiki Aquarium (FOWA) members. For more information about the Waikiki Aquarium, including membership, call (808) 923-9741 or visit www.waikikiaquarium.org or take a look at the Aquarium’s social media on Facebook (/WaikikiAquarium), Twitter (@WaikikiAquarium) or Instagram (@WaikikiAquarium).
Full Description
The Waikiki Aquarium is located on the south end of Waikiki so if you're staying at a local Waikiki hotel then chances are good you can simply walk here. It's just a bit further down than the Honolulu Zoo and across the street from Kapiolani Park. If you're driving here then you're best bet will be street parking along Kalakaua Avenue, so bring quarters in case you park by a meter.

The aquarium originally opened in 1902 and is the second-oldest public aquarium in the United States. Today, their mission is to inspire and promote understanding, appreciation and conservation of Pacific marine life. They do this through a variety of exhibits of marine life, much of which can only be found in Hawaii.

Expect to pay around $12 per adult, $5 per junior (ages 4-12), and children under 3 are free. Kama'aina and active duty military pay $8 with Hawaii ID. Seniors (65+) pay $5. Audio devices are available for free and can better educate you as you take your self guided tour.

When you're all done you can purchase a souvenir photo (that you take when you enter) or buy some of the merchandise they offer at the gift shop near the exit.

Andrea L
Joined: Apr 2016
Reviews: 3
Likes Received: 0
It is a nice aquarium. It is just really small for being on an island. I would hope it was bigger. I appreciate what is there though. It represents the island marine life well.
Joined: May 2016
Reviews: 67
Likes Received: 2
We went to the aquarium in the first few days of arriving on the island. I like to do some laid back, not super adventurous things while fighting off jet lag. This aquarium honestly isn't anything special. It has fish, it's reasonably priced for what you're seeing (and the audio tour is included in your admission - as it should be in my opinion!) It has lots of different exhibits, but nothing really stood out to me. It's a good rainy day activity, but not something I would race to do again.
Sue K
Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 196
Likes Received: 9
I enjoyed my visit to the aquarium. It was smaller than I anticipated, but cute, well laid out and a pleasure to wander around. There was lots of information and some very colorful fish to enjoy. I visited on the very first day I arrived in Hawaii and it was great to learn about the local marine life before I went snorkelling!
Joined: Jul 2013
Reviews: 384
Likes Received: 14
We spent about a hour slowly moving our way through the aquarium. They have the most amazing sea life with very detailed descriptions of what they are and how they live. They also have an audio guide that looks like a walkie talkie that you can take with you and gives you even more information. We had a fun time and it's a great place to browse while it rains outside.
Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
Reviews: 803
Likes Received: 111
It's been years since I had been here and I wanted to do a proper review so we decided to go during a rainy day here and after consulting Rainy Day Activities: Oahu. I was pleasantly surprised at the Waikiki Aquarium. It's actually well done with a nice amount of exhibits all packed into a relatively small area.

There's a decent amount to see, the tanks are clean, and it's a generally fun time while also being educational. If you like marine life then you'll certainly enjoy the aquarium. The bulk of the exhibits are all indoor, with a handful outside (including a Hawaiian Monk Seal tank).

At $8 for an adult Kamaaina (aka, locals discount) I felt that the value here is pretty good even if I only need an hour or slightly longer to really "see it all". At $12 for a non-local adult, the value may go down a bit but for Waikiki it still feels like a decent value. It's a shame this place isn't larger. I'd love to see the state donate the War Memorial Natatorium land (and actual natatorium pool) to the Waikiki Aquarium so they could expand. Certainly that's better than watching it erode and die like it has been for years.

Joined: Aug 2013
Reviews: 13
Likes Received: 2
Very nice place, a short walk from Waikiki Beach. Really great experience for parents to take their kids.
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