Aquatic life of Hawaii explored Waikiki Aquarium - Aquarium in Honolulu, United States

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2777 Kalākaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815



(808) 923-9741

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3.90 (898 reviews)

Working Hours

  • Friday: 9AM to 5PM
  • Saturday: 9AM to 5PM
  • Sunday: 9AM to 5PM
  • Monday: 9AM to 5PM
  • Tuesday: 9AM to 5PM
  • Wednesday: 9AM to 5PM
  • Thursday: 9AM to 5PM


  • Amenities
    • Good for kids
  • Accessibility
    • Wheelchair accessible entrance


Frequently mentioned in reviews: closed (6) nice (6) exhibits (6) fish (7) small (10) aquarium (18)

  • 5Luke K. 1 year ago
    Good aquarium, especially for little children - it is small, but beautiful exhibitions. We went during COVID, and several exhibitions were closed... Besides that it was nice, and not too expensive.

  • 5Camilla C. 1 year ago
    I was very pleasantly surprised with this aquarium. At first I was a little hesitant. After looking at reviews people said that the aquarium was small and you could walk through in 15-20 minutes and it was expensive. The most expensive ticket at the aquarium is only $12. That is a small fraction of the price of most aquariums I’ve visited. It was only $41 for my group of 4. It took us an hour and a half to get through the aquarium. Yes a couple exhibits were closed (jelly fish, octopus, and seals) but that’s to be expected as the aquarium was closed prior due to covid and exhibits were moved or taken down for maintenance. If you actually take time to admire the fish and read the information about them you will not get through this in a few minutes. There is currently 3 outdoor tanks as well and the first one being a beautiful open top tank.

  • 5Laura A. 1 year ago
    We visited the aquarium between checking out of our hotel and catching our flight later that night. I'm so glad we did. It was a small but nice aquarium. The kids loved it and we saw some fish and sea life we haven't seen before.

  • 5Jacob Z. 1 year ago
    Enjoyed our visit. This is a small aquarium but it is fun to visit. Go there, check it out, and enjoy your time.

  • 5Savannah B. 1 year ago
    Great aquarium. Don’t listen to the negative reviews. About an hour and 20-30 minutes to get through and very reasonably priced

  • 5Michelle H. 8 months ago
    Small but extremely informative. Video presentations explained what they do & how they get it done. They have living things on display that don't look real. The sea animals that make up coral & live off of the coral look like something made up for TV. It is seems things on TV imitate these intelligent living beings. You can feel like you are a part of the experiences. Bravo 👏🏽 👏🏽 👏🏽

  • 5Ilias B. 9 months ago
    Small, but very nice aquarium. A great place to come with kids. If you like snorkeling, it will give you a better understanding of what you are seeing. Outside they have created brilliantly several types of tidal pools and reefs you'll encounter while swimming on the island.

  • 5Keith L. 7 months ago
    The aquarium was a great adventure to take the kids to. They loves seeing all of the fish and everything that lives in the water. Would very much recommend checking them out!

  • 5Andrea S. 5 months ago
    Really cute aquarium. It is very small but everyone can enjoy it. If the money goes to helping conservation efforts, then this is a great place to visit in order to give back to Hawaii.

  • 4John A. 1 year ago
    A perfect little adventure especially if you're looking for something quality to do before a flight home and don't wanna be at the beach... Nice little place. The staff is friendly and everything is well maintained. To he honest you can probably do the whole thing in a hour or less. But there is a great park across the street and the zoo one by so I can be also combo'ed with the zoo near by. All in all we had fun and it was the perfect adventure before our flight.

  • 4Andrew Seelall (. 8 months ago
    $12 admission gets you $12 worth of experience; not saying it's a bad thing, just much shorter than expected taking about 70 mins to view everything. The aquarium is all about coral reefs so you'll learn a lot about conservation and preservation of this ecosystem. Lots of colourful fish for the kids. Best animal there was the Dragonhorse!

  • 4Wes C. 8 months ago
    Aquarium was small but still fun and worth the $12. The only complaint I have would be that a lot of the main exhibits like the Monk Seal and Octopus enclosures were down for maintenance, etc. There were also a lot of smaller enclosures inside that were blocked off for various reasons. It would be a better experience if things were repaired or cleaned at seperate times, because we ended up missing out on a lot of it.

  • 4Beverly M C. 7 months ago
    What a pleasure to see such beautiful fish 🐟 and various sea creatures. The Monk Seal and Octopus Tanks were closed and empty. The Admission 🎫 Price should be lowered until those 2 Exhibits are up and running. However; The Aquarium Building is Well maintained and THOSE exhibits are extravagant. The Souvenir/Gift Shop sells Wonderful Aquatic Themed Items and at a Fair Price. It was nice to be able to walk thru the temperature controlled Aquatic Building...then, exit out the automatic doors into a Well Landscaped and Maintained Garden of Trails. We will return here again, next visit.

  • 4Jee P. 1 year ago
    Nice little aquarium that will take around 30 minutes to an hour to see. Because of COVID some exhibits are closed but it's still worth visiting.

  • 3Alejandra P. 2 months ago
    Very small aquarium, takes about 30 min to see the whole thing. A lot of spots for the biggest creatures are very small, like where the sharks are. All 3 vending machines were out of everything and there is no option to refill your water bottle, so make sure to get some in advance. Sea dragons are amazing!

  • 3REBECCA H. 2 months ago
    It’s a very small aquarium. People say it can be completed in an hour. I say 30 minutes tops for a whole walk-around. It’s nice that they take your pictures once you enter. The photo book can be purchased for $38. Expensive for a few pictures, but priceless (I guess). The sea lion tank was being renovated so no sea lions. I can’t say much about the aquarium because it’s nothing spectacular, but it’s a nice detour.

  • 2Bryan G. 1 year ago
    This place is not worth the visit. Hop in the water and you can see all the same fish in their own habitat. A large portion of the exhibits are closed including the seal exhibit. Don't waste your money. Plus one star because they do have moray eels

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Last updated: 2022-08-06