One of the best ways to learn about our amazing ocean and all its beautiful creatures is to take a trip to the Waikiki Aquarium. While the aquarium is small, it is a little gem right on the shores of the Pacific. Over one hundred years old, the Waikiki Aquarium has been leading the way in ocean education and appreciation for both Hawaii residents and visitors.

I headed over to the aquarium Saturday afternoon and was delighted to be greeted by their highly attentive volunteers and staff as they welcomed me. The aquarium itself – is an open air structure playing to the natural beauty of the ocean and the surrounding landscape. Included in the price of admission, are ‘audio wands’ that are a cross between a TV remote and mobile phone. These information wands, allow you to take a self guided tour of the site at your own pace.

On site, visitors can see an amazing variety of marine life from the tropical Pacific Ocean and Hawaii. It is educational, granting you up-close views of reef sharks, corals, endangered Hawaiian monk seals, jelly fish and my favorite – the giant clam.

The aquarium is a great way to spend an afternoon for a family outing or even a casual date! Located in Queen Kapiolani Park (ocean side of course) at 2777 Kalakaua Avenue on the Diamond Head end of Waikiki, it is within walking distance to many of the hotels. This convenient address makes it an easy activity to incorporate after a day at the beach. It is opened daily from 9 – 4:30pm. The Waikiki Aquarium truly proves that big things come in little packages.

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