The centerpiece of Aulani, Disney’s newest resort on Oahu, is a huge water-play area called Waikalohe Valley. Here, guests float along a lazy river, whoop down two waterslides, frolic in a water-spray area and wade into a zero-depth entry pool. Also, Rainbow Reef is a man-made snorkeling lagoon ideal for introducing young children to snorkeling. It’s filled with more than 1,200 fish and its depth ranges from 3 to 9 feet, so timid kids can just stand in the shallow end and dip their face mask into the water to check out the underwater world. Finally, there’s a shallow conservation pool where families can sign up to learn more about the Brown Hawaiian Stingray in a session with a naturalist, which includes feeding, petting and helping to train the stingrays, as well as getting to know starfish, anemones and other marine life.
To say the Waikalohe Valley will entertain kids for hours and hours is an understatement. It’s pretty amazing. Make that really awesome. Here’s a peek at the fun pool area via photos:
Finally, here’s a 23-second video of my ride down the innertube water slide. It’s a rider’s eye view (turn off the sound if you don’t want to hear my squeal at the beginning). This is a short slide, and not scary for small children — ride single or double!
Mahalo to Aulani for hosting my stay this week during the resort’s Grand Opening Celebration!