Under the Sea

July 1, 2014 | By Waikiki Magazine Team

Dive into an under-the-sea buffet teeming with colorful island flavors at Oceanarium. Pacific Beach Hotel’s ‘Ilima Award-winning smorgasbord is the backdrop for the restaurant’s main attraction: a three-story, 280,000-gallon fish tank, where stingrays, blue tangs and 70 other ocean creatures call home.

Rise between 6 and 11 a.m. to graze through a bountiful breakfast table embellished with an omelet station ($24.95). The last morning seating is 10 a.m. After, guests can order from the à la carte menu.

Photo: Courtesy Oceanarium

Photo: Courtesy Oceanarium

See divers feed the fish, while you, too, sample à la carte selections: shrimp “burger” loco moco accented with lobster bisque topping and more.

“What makes Oceanarium unique is it’s an institution for almost half a century for locals with vast quality and variety,” enthuses Patrick Faas, director of food and beverage at Pacific Beach Hotel. “All our vegetables come from Lei Farm, our organic farm on the Big Island. It’s essentially farm-to-table quality, with a plus [live tank and entertainment].”

At 5 and 9 p.m., mermaids mesmerize diners as they gracefully flip and float (wearing 150-pound tails) in a 20-minute choreographed routine. While watching Oceanarium’s school of sea people, evening visitors graze through themed foods (i.e. Shrimp Night, Oyster Night, etc.) for $45.95 per person ($47.97 on Alaskan King Crab Night), from the appetizer, entrée and dessert tables.

Whether day or night, immerse yourself in Oceanarium’s aquatic realm, where amazing scenery and flavors from land and sea await.

Pacific Beach Hotel
2199 Kalia Road [C:10 Waikiki Map]
(808) 921-6111