Located just a few short blocks from Waikiki Beach, this is a great place to learn about Hawaii's amazing ocean world. You ca... More
Located just a few short blocks from Waikiki Beach, this is a great place to learn about Hawaii's amazing ocean world. You can see 400 different species at this small but mighty museum, including monk seals, sharks and sea turtles. A knowledgeable staff is on hand to narrate tours and answer questions. The aquarium has a good gift shop where you can ask about special events and excursions. It offers some terrific educational and community outreach programs.
I enjoyed my time in the Waikiki Aquarium. It was very exciting to see some of the fish that are endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. I especially enjoyed the Frog Fish display. I have been to many Aquariums from around the world, and what Waikiki Aquarium lack in size they make up in quality of displays.
This is one of the oldest Aquariums in the US. That also means it does not benefit from some of the exotic layouts many recent ones have. It is very simple and displays the fish very simply. The fish are still beautiful and interesting, but there are no underwater walkways or scuba feedings. It is an easy and pretty walk down the street from Waikiki. It is not very expensive and will only take an hour. So it can be a fun short outing if you have small children. We live here and are members and take our daughter regularly. She is two and always seems to have fun.
The aquarium in Waikiki is very nice, however Shed Aquarium in Chicago is much better. If you want a 'top of the line aquarium, check out the National Aquarium in Baltimore Md. It is truly the 'best of the best'.