Sea Life Park, Honolulu
THIS IS A MUST SEE LOCATION!!!! TOTALLY FUN AND ENTERTAINING AND INFORMATIVE ABOUT SEA CREATURES.... THE PRICE WAS $30 FOR NON-HAWAII PEOPLE AND $15 FOR LOCALS WITH HAWAII ID.
Sea Life Park, however, is more than just a visitor attraction displaying Hawaii’s ocean life. Marine education and conservation awareness are both integral parts of each exhibit.
The 300,000-gallon Hawaiian Reef Aquarium provides a unique view of Hawaii’s underwater ecosystem "from top to bottom." Featured here are more than 2,000 reef animals and organisms, from sharks and rays to all kinds of tropical fish. For an added cost, you can take part in "Sea Trek," a program that lets visitors actually get into the aquarium and get an up-close close at its inhabitants. Keep an eye out for the humuhumunukunukuapuaa, Hawaii’s unofficial state fish!
Other park offerings include the Stingray Lagoon, Sea Turtle Lagoon and Sea Bird Sanctuary. Don’t miss the Dolphin Cove, an ocean-side lagoon with picturesque views of the windward coastline. Dolphin shows are held here twice a day. Also, the Hawaiian Ocean Theatre showcases dolphins performing in a large glass tank. The trainers share their latest training techniques as well as detail the park’s ongoing conservation efforts.
Sea Life Park is also the home of Kekaimalu, the world’s only wholphin (half whale, half dolphin). When Kekaimalu was born in May 1985, she was noticeably darker than a dolphin and had an uncharacteristically short snout. It was later discovered that her mother, an Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin, had bred with a false killer whale.
Sea Life Park is located near Makapuu Point in East Oahu. The park is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Really not worth the money or the time. I can see why some people enjoy this park, especially the local Hawaiians. However, I don't think it is worth the time or the money. It is basically a Seaworld like place, but doesn't even compare. If you live somewhere near an aquatic animal park, then don't waste your time here. There are not many shows to see. And the shows are not all that. In fact, I felt really bad for the dolphins there because the tank they perform in is so tiny. I can't imagine that they enjoy jumping and doing flips in such a small tank. The exhibits are not really worth it either. I did get to touch a sea urchin, which I thought was super cool. I also get a couple of really nice pictures of the ocean around the park (because it is right on the coast). However, that was not worth it to get me to go again. I usually really enjoy aquatic animals parks like these, but this one was a sad disappointment.
MANY YEARS AGO I HAD STOPPED AT SEA LIFE PARK AND NEVER WENT IN AS I WAS ON THE BUS AND SEA LIFE PARK WAS ONE OF THE STOPS GOING BACK TO HONOLULU.....
THIS TIME I MADE A NOTE TO GO AND ENJOY THE PLACE AND IT WAS NICE!!!!REALLY GLAD I FINALLY CHECKED IT OUT.. ALSO ONE CAN GO TO A LUAU THERE....THE VIEW IS BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!AND THE FOOD WILL BE TASTY!!!!
Sea Life Park is similar to marine parks anywhere - dolphins, seals, penguins, etc, etc. We stayed most of one day, and went to three of the shows.
At the shows, you can sit in the section that you will get soaked (good thing to do to surprise your kids). There are also opportunities to buy fish for the seals, or lettuce for the tortoises. I am still not sure whether to include it in 'Things to Do' or 'Tourist Traps'.
You can get to it via The Bus (#22 or 58) - takes over an hour from Waikiki.
Cost in 2004 - still $25 per adult (was the same in 2001)