Sea Life Park Hawaii is a marine and wildlife park located in beautiful and scenic Makapuu Point in Oahu, about 15 miles from Waikiki. The park features marine mammals in their natural habitat, a bird sanctuary and aquarium. Some exhibits allow visitors to interact with the animals such as dolphins, sea lions, rays and sea turtles.
Aside from entertaining visitors through various exhibits and animal shows, the park also aim to educate the young and old alike about the importance of environmental protection and conservation. Some of the popular exhibits and attractions at Sea Life park Hawaii are:
The Hawaiian Reef Aquarium
A 300,000-gallon (1,100 m3) tank which houses more than 1,000 Hawaiian reef animals and organisms such as sharks, sting rays, turtles, and various schools of tropical fish. Visitors can interact with the aquarium inhabitants through the Sea Trek Adventure.
The Hawaiian Ocean Theater
Where most of the park’s main animal shows are held, including dolphins, penguins, and sea lions. The shows include information about the newest training techniques and about the park’s conservation efforts.
The Penguin Habitat
An enclosure that exhibits park’s Penguins, which are part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan for the Humboldt Penguin.
Guests can interact with the animals at the Sea Turtle Feeding Pool, Sting Ray Lagoon, and Sea Lions Pool. The Sea Lion Discovery Program allows visitors to swim and play with sea lions in the water. Visitors are also taught the signalling system used by the trainers to communicate with these animals.
The Dolphin Cove
An open-air theater from which visitors can watch dolphin performances. Dolphin loverscan get up close and personal with the creatures through the Dolphin Royal Swim Program, Dolphin Swim Adventure, Dolphin Encounter, and Dolphin Aloha.
The Bird Sanctuary
Home to many wild marine birds including “Iwa” (great frigatebirds), boobys, shearwaters, and albatrosses, most of which came to the sanctuary sick or injured. Visitors can see how these birds are cared for and rehabilitated.
The Hawaiian Monk Seal Habitat
Where visitors can get up close and personal with these marine mammals native to Hawaii. There are also shows featuring these creatures and guests can interact with the trainers and the seals before and after performances.
Adventure Kids Play Zone
A children’s playground featuring Pirate’s Lagoon where kids can run around a miniature maze and play area. This pirate-themed spot is perfect venue for birthday parties.
Sea Lion Cafe
A patio style restaurant with amazing views of the sea lion feeding pool and the Makapuu Beach. The cafe serves delightful treats such as gourmet milkshakes, funnel cakes and Hawaiian shave ice. Cafe hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
Guests can purchase ocean-themed mementos to remember the fun times at the park.
How to get there:
- From Waikiki, take the H1 East – H1 becomes Highway 72 (Kalanianaole Hwy), continue east through residential area
- Continue driving along the coast past Hanauma Bay, Halona Blow Hole, and Sandy Beach.
- Sea Life Park is located on the left side of the road. There is a large entrance sign visible from the road.