Honolulu Zoo

Honolulu Zoo: Hours, Address, Honolulu Zoo Reviews: 4/5

9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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From pink flamingos to African giraffes, the Honolulu Zoo is home to a little bit of everything from the animal kingdom. Its animal population includes more than 64 reptile, 38 mammal and 160 bird species. The 42-acre facility is organized into three tropical ecological zones: Tropical Rainforests, Pacific Islands and the African Savanna. Among its highlights is a new $12-million, 1.5-acre Asian tropical elephant exhibit that includes a 7,260-squre-foot holding area and two 55,000-gallon pools.
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JulesRSF
Rancho Santa Fe, CA52 contributions
Couples
I have been to the Honolulu Zoo many times going back 50 years. My husband and I visited during the pandemic.

We recommend that visitors purchase a $40 membership which entitles you to admission for you and a guest plus discounts on purchases. The membership must be purchased online, but if you walk up, expect to pay $38 for two adults if you are visitors to Hawaii. It's for the animals.

With COVID-19, the zoo is taking many precautions to keep their guests and animals safe. They are enforcing them, so expect to be a good Zoo guest by wearing a mask and keeping your distance.

The animals, especially the elephants, lemurs, porcupines, Sumatran tiger, were lively. The Zoo closed just after feeding times, so if the weather isn't too hot, visit end of day , like we did.

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Written November 7, 2020
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307leven
Stroudsburg, PA139 contributions
Visited the first Thursday of December while we walked back from Diamond Head on our way to our Waikiki hotel as it was right on the way. But, it is an easy walk from most of the Waikiki hotels. It wasn't crowded and we enjoyed touring the zoo for about 2 hours viewing all the animals. We found the zoo to be clean and well kept. There were paved walking areas with plenty of directional signs to follow to ensure that you are able to see the exhibits that you want. Some areas are shaded, but I recommend bringing sunscreen to avoid a sunburn just in case you need it. We brought our own snacks to eat during a lunch break since there are benches available where you can sit. We also made a quick visit to the gift shop before leaving.
Written December 25, 2021
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Scott P
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The zoo is only open from 10am to 3 pm, but it only takes a couple of hours to get through everything. They are screening everyone that comes in so be prepared for a line. Ours moved quickly and it's all shaded. The city of Honolulu imposes an additional charge for using a credit card, so I would bring cash. The other cool thing was being able to exit without being forced through the gift shop. We were there toward the end of the day but were still able to see lions, a sleeping tiger, chimps, and spider monkeys.
Written March 18, 2021
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Harris G
Queens Village, NY596 contributions
Family
We took a cab from Hilton Hawaiian village for around $15 to the zoo We could have walked it but my kids would have been too tired to enjoy the zoo. The zoo itself is pretty small but packed with animals perfect for us who didn’t want to spend all day there. Admission was around $19per adult and $11 per child. Under 2 is free. If you use a credit card they charge you around $2.50 service charge . We spent around 3 hrs there and walked back along Waikiki beach to our hotel.
Written August 29, 2021
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Jo A
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I was impressed with the natural large environment provided to the animals and birds.
This was a very quiet, peaceful area with birds singing providing a serene setting.
My son and I thoroughly enjoyed our day at the Honolulu Zoo.

The only exception to my disappointment was the poor attitude of the 3 staff members we encountered. Purchasing the tickets was met with an unnecessary tone when I showed my Kamaaina license with my son having only his Hi. bank card. He was told he wouldn't be allowed in the next time without a license.
The staff member on a bike when first driving through myself and another couple instead of excusing himself told us to move over. Later that day at closing telling us the zoo was closing and my son not hearing him asked him to repeat. The staff member rudely stated, "That's what I said, " A few minutes later we were exiting the gate when another staff member at the exit, didn't say anything as we were expecting thank you or Aloha. My son pleasantly said, "Thank you, have a nice day. No response.
I didn't let this ruin our day, but I was very disappointed by lack of Aloha that Hawaii visitor industry markets to potential visitors.
I do recommend visiting the zoo. We have taken many photos of the wonderful animals and birds. Aloha!
Written April 25, 2022
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Tracey T
Melbourne, Australia27 contributions
It’s not like other zoo’s. A lot of the animals are in hiding because of the heat. It’s a small zoo however when you purchase your ticket you can go in and out all that day as many times as you want. Had fun and glad to go to support the zoo.
Written August 5, 2022
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duffsoph7
45 contributions
Couples
After reading some mediocre reviews we thought we would be in and out of there in an hour and a half but we saw so many interesting animals that we stayed half the day. We saw elephants, zebras and exotic birds that we've never seen before even though we've been to Africa. The chimpanzees were going berserk and throwing a temper tantrum which was very amusing! They were slamming their fists against the glass a foot away from us. Made for the exciting day! The diversity and number of animals such as lions, cheetah, and a variety of monkeys was really fun to watch. We stayed a week in Waikiki and other than the Pearl Harbor and USS Missouri memorial tour this was the highlight of our trip. I don't understand why anybody would give this a mediocre review as we thought it was outstanding! And we've been to a lot of zoos. Sometimes you have to be patient as the animals are around a hidden object or something but if you give it enough time you will see almost every animal of any significance. Well worth the money and a great day in Honolulu. Five stars in our book! We highly recommend you spend at least three hours here if not four. Great value for the money, The kids will love it and the kid in you will love it too! Excellent!
Written April 12, 2022
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seetheworld600
va380 contributions
Visiting the zoo had been on my to do list for a while and I’m glad I finally did. Getting there was an easy walk from the Royal Hawaiian Center and the paths were marked to allow for one way travel through the exhibits. While families may easily spend a couple of hours at the zoo, I was able to see everything in a little over an hour. You will definitely get your exercise here, so come prepared. Every time I thought I had finished, another exhibit came up.
Written December 19, 2021
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WorldTravelers1999
United States558 contributions
We’re very much enjoyed the zoo here. We went there through the week shortly after it opened, and it wasn’t overly crowded. They have plenty of exhibits to enjoy. The Hawaiian beauty that surrounds the zoo makes the experience that much more enjoyable. As a family of four, we saved $40 with a military discount. Thank you!
Written December 18, 2021
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John D
Tacoma, WA107 contributions
So much to see. I went in the afternoon and found most of the animals resting/not active. There were many kids there who were delighted with seeing any/all of the animals. I did find the walkways and signage confusing at times. There were some areas in shade with birds (in cages and outside) that I found peaceful and natural.
Written June 10, 2022
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