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Dive into Paradise: Exploring the Many Pools of Disney Aulani

Disney Aulani Resort & Spa is located on the picturesque island of Oahu, Hawaii is growing in popularity! The resort features several world-class amenities and attractions, but perhaps the best feature is its spectacular swimming pools. In this article, we’ll explore the various pools available at the Disney Aulani Resort and provide some helpful insights into what you should expect from the Disney Aulani pool area!

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1. Waikolohe Pool

The busiest of the Disney Aulani pools is the Waikolohe Pool. This pool is a water playground for the whole family, featuring a lazy river, several water slides, and an interactive water play area. This pool is where the character dance and pool parties happen and where the slide riders exit.  The Waikolohe Stream is perfect for people who want to sit in the large flotation devices around the river.  During busy times at Disney Aulani Resort & Spa, it’s anything but relaxing with kids pushing past and zero floats available so this is a heads up to not book during spring break. 

The Volcanic Vertical is a fast slide that old kids will love and each entry and exit point has a pool attendant/lifeguard stationed there. Aulani Resort also has double tubes so more than one person can slide down the tunnels.  

One of the best spots to relax is in a lounge chair near Alohi Point which overlooks the Ko Olina beach and lagoon.  Get there super early to obtain a pool chair!

For Guests using wheelchairs, Waikolohe Pool has zero-depth entry points, allowing guests to roll right into the water. A water wheelchair and pool lift are available for guests to transfer into and use. Guests can enjoy refreshments from the Ulu Cafe, conveniently located nearby.

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To utilize all pools including the Waikolohe Pool all Disney Resort guests must have a Disney Aulani color-coded daily wristband which they can get at the closest towel station. Guests cannot use pool toys like fun noodles in the pool but they can in the lagoon in front of the Resort. 

2. Menehune Bridge

The Menehune Bridge is a children’s water play area featuring interactive play structures, water features, mini water slides, and multiple splash zones. Parents can relax nearby under shaded seating while their little ones enjoy the fun.

Aulani asks that children 11 and under be accompanied by an adult. Note: The lower-level area of Menehune Bridge is wheelchair-accessible.

3. Rainbow Reef

The Rainbow Reef is a unique feature of the Disney Aulani Resort, offering guests the opportunity to swim with tropical fish in a natural reef environment. Snorkeling gear and life vests are provided, and guests can observe over 40 different species of marine life, including stingrays, butterflyfish, and triggerfish.

We thought Rainbow Reef was an enjoyable experience! You enter the area, get a safety briefing, rinse off your body, get Antifog spray on your goggles, enter the reef in the shallow area, adjust your mask and snorkel, get acclimated then enter the deeper area.  At that point, you can float around the reef and enjoy the amazing fish!

To utilize Rainbow Reef, Aulani recommends that you should be able to swim freely on your own, though you will be wearing a life jacket and approved snorkeling mask at all times. Snorkeling experience is recommended. 

Disney Aulani Resort asks that children ages 11 and under be accompanied by an adult. The prices to access Rainbow Reef are below:

  • One-Day Access: $25 per adult (ages 10 and up); $20 per child (ages 9 and under)
  • Length-of-Stay Access: $45 per adult (ages 10 and up); $35 per child (ages 9 and under)

Note: When we visited Rainbow Reef we experienced cold water so be prepared with rashguards!

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4. Wailana Pool

The Wailana Pool is the perfect place for guests seeking a quieter swimming experience. The pool is located on the resort’s upper level and provides a more private atmosphere. Guests can enjoy the pool’s infinity edge, providing breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Wailana is Hawaiian for calm or quiet—and we think that the Wailana Pool lives up to its name.

5. Keiki Cove Splash Zone

Keiki Cove is another children’s water play area, designed specifically for small children. The pool is more of a playground and features a shallow depth and interactive water fountains, allowing even the smallest swimmers to join in on the fun.

Keiki Cove is great because it’s a smaller area surrounded by lounge chairs making it a place where parents can relax while watching their littles nearby.

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Ka Maka Landing and Grotto Source: Disney Aulani Resort

6. Ka Maka Landing and Grotto

Ka Maka Landing is a pool designed for relaxation, featuring lounge chairs, a whirlpool spa, and stunning views of the resort’s lagoon. The pool also provides convenient access to the Ulu Cafe, where guests can enjoy refreshing beverages and snacks.

The Ka Maka pool is usually a tranquil part of the resort for guests seeking relaxation. The pool is nestled between lush greenery and cascading waterfalls, creating a serene environment perfect for unwinding. Guests can also enjoy the grotto’s hot tub, located within a cave and surrounded by glowing lights.

Disney Aulani Resort is a paradise for families seeking an unforgettable vacation experience. With its world-class amenities, breathtaking views, and spectacular swimming pools, there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or a combination of both, the Disney Aulani Resort is the perfect destination.

Disney Aulani Pools FAQ’s

What are the hours of the pools?

The pools are open from 8am to 8pm.

Which pools have a lift?

The Wailana Pool, Rainbow Reef, Ka Maka Grotto, and the Waikolohe Pool

Does Aulani have life jackets?

Complimentary life jackets are available (while supplies last) at the towel stations but must be returned each day before the towel station closes.

Can you bring alcoholic beverages to the pool area?

No.  All alcoholic beverages need to be purchased at the pool bars or from a cast member.  

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