Waikiki Aquarium

Waikiki Aquarium information

Waikiki , USA
Address
Street 2777 Kalakaua Ave
Telephone
+1 808 923 9741
More information
www.waquarium.org
Prices
adult/child $9/2
Opening hours
9am-5pm, last entry 4:30pm
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Lonely Planet review

Located on Waikiki’s shoreline, this modern university-run aquarium features a jaw-dropping shark gallery and dozens of tanks that recreate diverse tropical Pacific reef habitats. You’ll see rare fish species from the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, as well as hypnotic moon jellies and flashlight fish that host bioluminescent bacteria. Especially hypnotizing are the Palauan chambered nautiluses with their unique spiral shells – in fact, this is the world’s first aquarium to breed these endangered creatures in captivity, a ground-breaking achievement. An outdoor tank out back is home to rare and endangered Hawaiian monk seals that can’t be returned to the wild. Check the website or call ahead to make reservations for special family-friendly events and fun educational programs for kids such as ‘Aquarium After Dark’ adventures. Bus 2 Waikiki-Kapiʻolani Park stops outside the aquarium, or it’s about a 15-minute walk southeast of the main Waikiki beach strip.