Showcasing more than 500 marine species, the Waikiki Aquarium is an intriguing world of marine life.
About Waikiki Aquarium
Waikiki Aquarium was founded in 1904, making it the third oldest aquarium in the United States; with 2016 marking their 112th anniversary. Today, the aquarium is managed by the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
The Waikiki Aquarium showcases more than 500 marine species, and maintains more than 3,000 marine specimens. Here, you can see multi-colored tropical fish, spooky monk seals, reef sharks, live corals and so much more!
Waikiki Aquarium Educational programs
The Aquarium serves as an important marine research and education center for the University of Hawaii. In fact, they organizes several educational activities and programs which over 30,000 schoolchildren participate in each year. Highly informative, the programs are led by naturalists from the Aquarium’s Education Department. The activities are also open to the public:
Exploring the Reef by Day: The aquarium is just next to next to a living reef, creating a natural, flourishing environment. This program is an exploration of the nearby Hawaiian shoreline. Visitors get a chance to see the reef flat and tide pool habitats.
Aquarium After Dark: this program is normally offered once per month and allows guests to tour the different exhibits at night (using flashlights of course).
Popular Waikiki Aquarium Exhibits
The aquarium boasts several peaceful and mesmerizing exhibits. Popular exhibits include:
Mahi Hatchery: displays young mahimahi, a surface-dwelling ray-finned fish found in tropical and temperate waters.
Jellyfish Exhibit: who densely love jellyfish? The jellyfish exhibit houses a small group of Moon Jellyfish and Lagoon Jellies squishing around, putting on an entertaining display.
Seahorse Exhibit: Theresa also a new sea horse exhibit! It showcases 9 displays of exotic and rare specifies, including sea dragons, pipefish and other types of exotic seahorses
Monk Seal Exhibit: This is probably the most popular exhibit at the aquarium. It displays adorable monk seals, an endangered seal that is found only in the Hawaiian Islands.
Edge of the Reef: This is a large tide pool displaying several marine creatures including starfish, sea cucumbers, sea urchins and coral fish. It’s a fun and interactive exhibit for children.
The Waikiki Aquarium Gift Shop
After exploring the exhibits, you can take the time to browse the aquarium’s gift shop.
The shop showcases an extensive array of marine-related items including T-shirts, hats, mugs, bottles, apparel, gift-ware, jewelry, toys, limited-edition commemorative coins and other unique trinkets.
In addition, you’ll find several interesting reads here, including books on Pacific and Hawaiian marine life, books for aquarium enthusiasts and books for children.
Continental U.S. and International shipping services are also available if you don’t wish to bring the items with you.
The Shop is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, please contact The Shop at [email protected]
Where is the Waikiki Aquarium Located?
The Waikiki Aquarium is located on the shoreline of Waikiki Beach across from Kapiolani Park.
Official address: 2777 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu HI 96815
When To Visit Waikiki Aquarium?
The Aquarium is open daily from 9 am to 4:30 pm.
What’s The Cost?
Admission costs are as follows:
- Adults: $12
- Children ages 4-12: $5
- Children under 3 ft: Free
- Seniors (65+): $5
- Persons with disabilities: $5
- Active military duty: $8
An intriguing world of marine life awaits you at the Waikiki Aquarium. Go, explore and see the beauty of the sea.
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