Family looking at fish in a large aquarium
May 11, 2018
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Jana Free

Honolulu Attractions: Discover the Waikiki Aquarium

Learn about Pacific marine life at the Waikiki Aquarium, located a short distance from our Oahu hotel.

Kids who visit the Waikiki Aquarium, located at 2777 Kalakaua Avenue, learn about the incredible diversity of marine life on the coral reefs of the Pacific Ocean. This tropical aquatic habitat is home to more than 4,000 species of fish and 400 species of coral. The Pacific coral reef stretches from southern Japan all the way to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The mystery of this animal-rich part of our world comes to life beautifully at the Waikiki Aquarium, one of the most popular Honolulu Attractions.

The South Pacific Marine Communities Gallery
Waikiki Aquarium’s South Pacific Marine Communities gallery includes 5 exhibits that highlight the importance of the ecological communities and habitats within the Pacific marine region, along with threats to these communities and habitats.

Land Meets the Sea – The Land Meets Sea exhibit showcases a living mangrove forest filled with plants and fish that are normally found on the coastlines of tropical regions. Here, children discover the importance of seagrasses, which are common aquatic plants that help create a lush under-the-sea forest environment to protect young fish and invertebrates.

The Reef Partners – While visiting The Reef Partners exhibit, you’ll find out about the many beneficial relationships on a reef including that between sea anemones and clownfish. Dozens of clownfish nestle within a living carpet of anemone and the symbiotic nature of the pairing is truly fascinating.

The Lagoon Corals – The Lagoon Corals exhibit features various live corals with their fleshy, large polyps swaying gently in the current. Fish swim and find shelter in coral reefs that lie between the shoreline and the offshore reefs that surround many Pacific Islands.

Close up of a clown fish
The clownfish are a favorite among young visitors to the Waikiki Aquarium. 

Reef Predators – At the Reef Predators exhibit, kids discover numerous fish that prey on other fish and who also find themselves prey for larger ocean creatures like sharks. Many of the species highlighted in this exhibit are actually part of the diet of the indigenous people of the Pacific Islands as well.

Barrier Reef – The Barrier Reef exhibit is the focal point of the South Pacific Marine Communities gallery. It features a 5,500-gallon habitat containing more than 100 species of fish, live coral and giant clam. The giant clams in this exhibit are likely the oldest anywhere in captivity. They weigh more than 170 pounds!

The giant clams in this exhibit are likely the oldest anywhere in captivity.

The Waikiki Aquarium was founded in 1904 and has been administered by the University of Hawaii since 1919. It sits on Waikiki Beach’s shoreline a short walk from Ambassador Hotel Waikiki, one of the most ideally situated Hotels on Oahu. If you’re looking for Things to do in Waikiki with children, stay at our hotel and visit the Waikiki Aquarium. It will be a highlight of your visit.

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