It’s been awhile since I’ve shared some of the places we’ve been here on Oahu so I thought I’d remedy that today with a post about our most recent day trip–to the Honolulu zoo! And I might have even been inspired by sister-in-law and made a vlog all about it!
One thing you should know before visiting the Honolulu Zoo is that parking is limited, read almost non-existent. The zoo is situated on the tip of the very popular Waikiki so, even though there is zoo parking, there’s a good chance you’ll have to walk to your destination. If you can’t get a spot in the zoo parking or in street parking on Kalakaua Avenue, I recommend heading back to the other side of Waikiki and parking at the lot by Fort DeRussy (especially if you’re military since you’ll get a discount). Yes, you’ll be getting a little walk in (around 1.2 miles), but you’ll be walking down one of the most beautiful and interesting parts of Oahu–the Waikiki Strip.
The Honolulu Zoo is open daily from 9-4:30 and costs $14 for adults and $6 for keiki/kids ($8 and $4 respectively for those with a military ID card). The zoo is 42 acres and boasts being the only zoo within a radius of 2,392 miles as well as being the only zoo in the US to have been established by a sovereign monarch.
About 900 different species of animals call the Honolulu Zoo their home. However, as of our visit, the zoo is heavily under construction and only a small portion of those animals are on display. I will say that I felt slightly disappointed after walking through the zoo–I heard many people complain about the lack of animals, which was completely understandable since the zoo is in the midst of renovations–but it was the size and conditions of the enclosures that bothered me. Maybe I’ve been incredibly spoiled at the 5 or so zoos/animal preserves I’ve previously visited but I was not expecting such large animals to be kept in what can only be described as large cages. It is worth noting that the zoo recently lost their accreditation with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums because of lack of funding.
You know you’re Disney fans when you and your husband shout Dumbo and Pumbaa when you get to the elephant and warthog exhibits!!!
This is what I call the perfect photo opportunity right here! A giraffe ambling along in front of the most Hawaiian backdrop ever–the famous Diamond Head Crater. Most of the animals you can see at the Honolulu Zoo are fairly common to the zoos you’ll see across America with one exception–the Nene. A type of goose only found in Hawaii.
Visiting the Honolulu Zoo–Yes or No?
All in all, even though we did enjoy walking through the Honolulu zoo, I would recommend skipping out on this Oahu attraction if you’re just visiting the islands.
Have you been to your local zoo or nature preserve?