Ask anyone who grew up in Hawai'i about tide pools, and you can bet that tide pool play and exploration was a favorite childhood pastime. Located next to a live coral reef, the Waikiki Aquarium appeals to all ocean lovers: locals looking for a bit of nostalgia or visitors looking to become more familiar with Hawai'i's marine life. Interactive exhibits and educational programs focus on the unique aquatic life of Hawai'i and the Pacific, featuring colorful tropical fish, reef sharks, living corals, endangered Hawaiian monk seals, and animals rarely seen in nature, such as the Weedy Sea Dragon.
"The Ocean Aquaculture" exhibit reveals how aquaculture efforts can successfully rear a "Moi" fish in captivity from egg to adult, thus decreasing the demand on the environment. "The Corals Are Alive Again" displays various tropical reef species of the Pacific and educates you on one of Earth's largest and oldest ecosystems. "The Galleries at the Aquarium" highlights the cultural significance of endemic animals in Hawai'i. "The Edge of the Reef" is an interactive outdoor exhibit featuring tide pools where children (and adults!) can hold starfish and hermit crabs, and experience eye-to-eye contact with tropical reef fish. Also outside is the "Hawaiian Monk Seal" exhibit where you can watch one of the world's most endangered marine mammals bask in the sun or dive for fish.
As a Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center of the Pacific, the Waikiki Aquarium continues to foster marine conservation awareness. "The Coral Farm" is a functioning propagation exhibit that works to produce hundreds of colonies a year, with the goal of reintroducing them back into the wild, thus reducing the threats to endangered coral species. Ancient Hawai'ians used several marine conservation methods, and today these traditions are reconstructed through fish ponds and aquaculture to help preserve the sensitive and beautiful ecosystem of Hawai'i so that our children can continue to play in the tides.
- 9am to 4:30pm daily
- Closed Christmas Day and Honolulu Marathon Day
- Adults: $9
- Local residents, Students, Military, and Seniors, with corresponding valid ID: $6
- Youths (13-17): $4
- Juniors (5-12): $2
- Children 4 and under: Free
- Each admission includes a free Audio Tour
- Location: 2777 Kalakaua Ave Honolulu, HI
- Phone: 808-923-9741
- Website: www.waquarium.org