If you stay at Aulani, Disney’s new resort and spa at Ko Olina, Oahu, you should not miss the opportunity to do a little snorkeling.
No, not outside in the lagoon–although you can rent masks and do just that–but inside the resort itself. Yep, Aulani’s 3,000 square foot artificial lagoon provides guests with a fish viewing experience unmatched in the Hawaiian islands!
I’ve been lucky enough to snorkel at some amazing places in Hawaii, but none have provided the opportunity to see so many native Hawaiian fish in one place as offered by Aulani’s Rainbow Reef.
Here’s what’s offered:
- 1300 fish including 40 different types such as Angel Fish, Yellow Tangs, Butterflyfish and more.
- Shallow (from 2′ shallows to 8′ at its deepest) enough for kids (or chickens of the sea)
- Calm lagoon–no waves or currents to worry about.
- Two life guards, including one in the water at all times.
- Tank-bred fish–which means they love swimming with you!
- No predators to worry about!
- A viewing platform for those that don’t want to get wet!
Sure, you won’t see a dolphin, sea turtle or octopus in the Rainbow Reef, but if you’re looking for a fun, safe way for the entire family to experience Hawaii’s native tropical fish, it’s hard to beat!
I could say more, but I’ll let this video convince you of why you should check out Disney Aulani’s Rainbow Reef:
(Email readers, click here to watch the Rainbow Reef snorkeing video)
What You Need to Know:
- The lagoon is open from 8 am until 5 pm.
- No more than 30 people are allowed in the lagoon at any one time.
- Open to all ages, provided you can swim unassisted.
- Pricing is $20 adults / $15 children for 30 minutes or “length of stay” for $39 and $29
- Viewing from the cave is free.
- Check with Rainbow Reef staff for special fish feeding times.