Disney Aulani’s Rainbow reef.

Disney Aulani’s Rainbow Reef

Rainbow reef is Disney Aulani’s saltwater lagoon that allows you to swim up close with a variety of tropical fish, or watch them through a viewing window.

Disney Aulani’s saltwater lagoon is a magical place where you can swim with thousands of tropical fish, from Butterflyfish, angelfish, surgeonfish. Protected from the wind, waves and weather, it’s a great high visibility place to snorkel. Whether you snorkel regularly or want to learn how to snorkel it’s the perfect place to learn.

Rainbow reef is set at 77 degrees Fahrenheit to reflect the cool waters that the fish are used to, which is a nice relief in the hot Hawaiian sun.

There is nothing more fulfilling than finding the hidden Menehune statues and hidden mickey’s hiding deep within the reef.

There is a viewing window where you can watch your friends, family snorkelling. or just watch the fish swim past. There is a cost to snorkel but it’s free to watch others.

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Cost 

One Day Access – Adult $20 Children 9 and under $15

Length of stay –  Adult $35 Children 9 and under $29

Inclusions

Life vest, mask and snorkel set

Supplied Air Snorkelling

If you are over 8 years old you can spend $40 to do Supplied Air Snorkelling, where you have a regulator and special gear to float. You need to register in advance and it’s only available about 3 times a week.

Fish are friends.

Another great opportunity for children aged 3 – 12 years old is the Fish are friends program a 3-hour premium experience offered through Disney Aulani’s Children’s program Aunty’s Beach House.  Children love learning about how the people train, feed and care for the marine life. They take home a DVD, a cinch bag and a laminated sheet with information about different fish. It comes with lunch as well.

 

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Find out more about Disney Aulani 

Disney Aulani Food guide

Check out our Disney Aulani Food Guide, with a guide to the Character Dining, Take away, Buffet and table service options at the Aulani.

 

Where is your favourite place to go snorkelling?

Disney Aulani's Rainbow Reef is a saltwater lagoon. A magical place where you can swim with thousands of tropical fish, from Butterflyfish, angelfish,
Disney Aulani's Rainbow Reef is a saltwater lagoon. A magical place where you can swim with thousands of tropical fish, from Butterflyfish, angelfish,
Disney Aulani's Rainbow Reef is a saltwater lagoon. A magical place where you can swim with thousands of tropical fish, from Butterflyfish, angelfish,
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Exploring the Magic of Disney Aulani Resort

The magic that is Disney Aulani Resort.

Disney Aulani
Disney Aulani

This year we took a magical trip to Disney’s Aulani resort on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu. Disney Aulani resort is found at Ko Olina about an hour from Honolulu on the north-west coast of Oahu.

Aulani is unmistakably Disney, whilst the decor would be 90% Hawaiian inspired and 10% classic Disney, the service, the little extra’s is what lets you know you are at a Disney resort.

From the minute you arrive, you are transported into the magical world of Disney. From Hidden Mickeys located throughout the resort, opportunities to meet your favourite Disney characters and get their autographs, Disney merchandise and other classic Disney treats.

What makes Disney Aulani so special.

Disney Aulani Resort has so many amazing elements to it. There is a fantastic spa, a teen spa, character breakfasts. Multiple pools, including an adults-only pool, Keiki Cove Splash zone, Menehune bridge (Water area for the youngest in your family). Rainbow reef where you can snorkel with gorgeous fish away from the elements. Waikolohe stream where you can float down the stream on the individual or double tubes, that also has two amazing waterslides, and spas. There are shows and Lu’au’s, Firepit storytelling, Disney movie nights out under the stars. An adventure trail, photography courses. Aunties beach house a fantastic complimentary supervised activities club for guests aged 3 to 12. As well as Premium activities for the children that including Character Meet and greets, and so much more.

Not to mention the amazing beach at Ko Olina Lagoon, with its breathtaking blue water, its clean sand, it’s comfortable beach chairs and umbrellas. A great place to grab some snorkel gear, sand toys or boogie boards and swim in the Pacific Ocean.

There is a great selection of dining options. Buffet, table service, Room service, Lounges and Bars and Quick take away options. There is also a selection of meals available in their shop. The ABC Store the Island Country Market is also only a quick stroll away.

Disney Aulani it’s well worth a visit.

 

Disney Aulani. This year we took a magical trip to Disney's Aulani resort on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu. Disney Aulani resort is found at Ko Olina about ... Aulani is unmistakably Disney, whilst the decor would be 90% Hawaiian inspired and 10% classic Disney, the service, the little extra's is what lets you ...
Disney Aulani. This year we took a magical trip to Disney's Aulani resort on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu. Disney Aulani resort is found at Ko Olina about ... Aulani is unmistakably Disney, whilst the decor would be 90% Hawaiian inspired and 10% classic Disney, the service, the little extra's is what lets you ...
Disney Aulani. This year we took a magical trip to Disney's Aulani resort on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu. Disney Aulani resort is found at Ko Olina about ... Aulani is unmistakably Disney, whilst the decor would be 90% Hawaiian inspired and 10% classic Disney, the service, the little extra's is what lets you ...

 

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Top travel tips for Aeroplane travel.

With the additon of so many low cost aeroplanes, overseas travel is so much more accessible for travelers now. So we have put together our list of our top travel tips for aeroplane travel.

Aeroplane travel tips

Comfortable clothes
When traveling in aeroplanes, what you wear is so important to ensure you have a comfortable trip, but it is also important to help you get through security easily as well.

  • Select shoes that are easily to slip on and off, as often you will be asked to take your shoes off to get through security.
  • Also at most airports you need to be careful your belt won’t set off the metal detectors.
  • Loose fitting clothes, this is important not only to minimize the risk of DVT, but also makes you more comfortable. It is also easy for you to get to sleep.
  • Layers, when traveling you are often presented with a variety of climates, the place you are traveling from, the aeroplane itself which is often quite cold, and then your destination. The greatest way to ensure you are comfortable no matter where you are is to wear a couple of layers.
  • Depending on your health, a pair of support or compression tights is helpful.
  • Change of clothes, in case of spills, (or in case of emergency if your checked in luggage goes missing.

Sleep

It’s so important when flying long haul that you try and change your body clock to your destination from the minute you jump on the plane, and having a sleep is a great way to do this. The best way to be able to sleep in the plane is to be organised.

  • Pack a lightweight pillow to keep comfortable
  • Comfortable clothes.
  • Noise cancelling headphones to block out the noisy plane
  • Comfortable eye masks to block out the bright lights.
  • Make sure your buckle is on top of your clothes, so if you hit turbulence the cabin crew don’t wake you to check your seatbelt.

Toiletries

  • Pack some basic toiletries to freshen up before landing, toothpaste, small foldable brush, moisturiser. Basic make up (If you like to wear makeup)
  • Pack eye drops, aeroplane cabins are low humidity so your eyes often get dry and irritated, use eye drops to stop your eyes looking red.
  • Hand sanitiser, there is no way in the quick turnover of plane trips will your seat area by totally clean.
  • Lip balm. Your lips often get dry from aeroplane travel so lip balm will soothe your dry chapped lips.

Hydrate

  • Drink plenty of water it will help you from getting dehydrated. This is important not just for the flight but in the days leading up to your flight.
  • Limit your caffeine and alcohol intake.
  • Dehydration on a plane has a few flow on effects – increased risk of jet lag.

Limit your hand luggage.

  • Think do you really need it. This is really important when traveling with children as you will often be carrying them too.

Food

  • Aeroplane is famous for often being fairly inedible, often overpriced so the best way to ensure you enjoy your enjoy trip is to pack yourself some nice healthy snacks
  • Pack some treats to snack on for takeoff and landing to help with your ears.
  • Make sure your food isn’t to strong smelling
  • Pack nut free, think of your other passengers that may have nut allergies.

Stretch your legs

  • Inactivity in a plane increases your risk of DVT
  • Inactivity increases muscle pain and discomfort.

Device

  • Charge your device before you go, unless you are lucky to fly first / business class you most likely won’t be able to charge your device on the flight.
  • Pack a portable charger and your USB charging cord.
  • Load up your devices with games, books and videos that do not require Wifi.

Headphones

  • Bring your own headphones that are comfortable.
  • Bring noise cancelling headphones, as then it won’t matter if you have a screaming baby nearby, someone snoring, talking loudly, you can sit back and relax.

Wipes

Even if you don’t have young children a pack of baby wipes are one of the most versatile things to pack for your flight, they can be used for many uses.

  • Great for cleaning everything the tray, the chair, your hands, face.
  • Freshen up by wiping your face with a wipe.

Ziplock bags

  • Great for storing the wipes, toiletries, snacks. When empty they take up very little room in your luggage
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Extra tips for aeroplane travel with children

Aeroplane travel with children.

Most aeroplane travel tips are the same when travelling with or without children however from experience there are a few other things you need to think about.

To check out our basic aeroplane travel trips click here otherwise read on to find out more.

Aeroplane travel

Pack EVERYONE spare clothes.

To really appreciate my first tip you need to take a trip with me to our magical journey home from L.A travelling with four children, A 21-month-old, a 3-year-old, a 7-year-old and a 9-year-old.

Our flight back was late in the day and after a long, busy day at Disneyland, and a nice 3-hour wait at the airport we were off and ready to go. Now I don’t know why it happened but only minutes into our 13-hour flight, our beautiful daughter started to feel a bit unwell and was sick. All over me, my top. Now whilst wipes are great at cleaning stuff up, nothing apart from a change of clothes can really take the smell away.

Now after being sick she felt fantastic, in her fresh change of clothes she enjoyed the rest of trip, however, I spent the next 12 and a half hours with the lovely smell.

Back when my children were babies I always packed a spare top for myself, but I didn’t this time as my children were older, big mistake.

Now the trip wasn’t over yet. Like a comedy over the rest of the flight, I had drinks spilt on me, a nappy accident that almost brought me to tears. I walked into Auckland airport with my baby covering me so it didn’t look like I was the one who had an accident, waiting for our next flight home I had one choice.

I walked into the nearest store and had to buy an overpriced pair of merino tracksuit pants, and t-shirt for myself and my toddler. A very expensive mistake.

Pack some snacks

Children are often fussy, and will often find aeroplane food a little interesting. Keep them happy by packing their own food. Or they will serve yoghurt, yes yoghurt at 10,000 feet, imagine the mess that brings.

Toilet

  • Set an alarm for 45-50 minutes before you are supposed to land, to make sure you take your children to the toilet. Once the seatbelt lights go on, you cannot leave to go to the toilet. And children often can’t last 30-40 minutes it might be between the seatbelt light going on and landing.
  • Young children wear pull-ups just in case. So much less stressful than an accident in the aeroplane, or dramas with in-flight turbulence and waiting for the light seatbelt light to turn off.

Clothes

Skip laces, buttons, zips and anything that could prevent them getting you them to the toilet on time.

Choose a Middle or window seat for your child. 

Aisle seats are dangerous for younger children, little hands reaching for the trolley, elbows or legs hanging over the side.

Hydrated

Keep them hydrated, pack a non-spill cup, a water bottle. When the flight attendants come around get them to refill your bottles.

Pack light

We have found that our children will often stay awake for most of the flight. But with only moments left in the flight will fall asleep. We then are faced with a major problem how we can get all our and our children back of the plane. Often juggling carrying children, carry own luggage back off the plane.

Think of worst case scenario, can I carry my children and my luggage off this plane?

Remember

Not all classrooms have four walls
Not all Classrooms have walls

Embrace the experience, relax memories made together are priceless.

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