Waikiki Aquarium


About Waikiki Aquarium


All the colors of the sea and the all the amazing life that inhabit the waters of Hawaii await you at the Waikiki Aquarium. From friendly Hawaiian Monk Seals to rare seahorses, the Waikiki Aquarium is home to over 3,000 organisms and more than 450 species. Something new and exciting can be found for everyone between indoor exhibits like the South Pacific Marine Communities and outdoor exhibits like the Edge of the Reef tide pool.Along with the Maui Ocean Center, the Waikiki Aquarium is one of the few aquariums found in the tropics and pumps natural seawater in from the ocean nearby.Just down the street from the hotels of Waikiki Beach, the Waikiki Aquarium is fun attraction within walking distance.


Opened in 1904, the Waikiki Aquarium has been on the leading edge of tropical marine biology and aquaculture for over 100 years. Becoming an institution of the University of Hawaii system in 1919, it is the third oldest aquarium in the United States. In fact, their outdoor tide pool built in 1986 was one of the first in the country, and pioneered the idea of touch ponds at aquariums.

Facts & Trivia

  • Island: Oahu
  • Amenities: Restrooms, Gift Shop, and free Audio Tour Wand with paid admission.
  • Insider Tip: Be sure to check out the Hawaiian Monk Seal Habitat as they are an incredibly endangered species.
  • Fun Fact: The Waikiki Aquarium was the first aquarium in the world to successfully maintain and breed the chambered Nautilus, famous for its spiral shell.
  • What to Expect: Marine sea life, informative exhibits, views of Honolulu and Waikiki, Hawaiian Monk Seals, Green Sea Turtles, and other wonders of the undersea world.