Water Activities at Aulani
  • On Jan 14, 2023
    Catherine from IL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Aloha! As new DVC members, we are planning our first Aulani trip as an early graduation present for our son (18) and friend. What activities do you recommend for 18 year olds? Do they have any graduation in-room celebrations available for DVC rooms?

    Aloha, Catherine!

    Welcome Home, neighbor and welcome to planDisney.  Mahalo for stopping by with your excellent question. Catherine, I am so excited that you are one of our newest neighbors at Disney Vacation Club.  The benefits of your Membership will open up a whole new world of affordable vacation possibilities year after year. As a 20-year Member myself, I can tell you it has truly been our key to the world, to Disney and beyond.

    Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa is just one of the amazing ways to use your Membership. It is one of my favorite Resorts, and in fact, I will be heading there myself for the third time with my teen and preteen twins this summer. There's no place I'd rather be than riding the Hawaiian roller coaster ride or watching one of those incredible Hawaiian sunsets over the horizon. Catherine, there are so many exciting activities for teens at Aulani, it will be an amazing memory and graduation gift for your son and your 'ohana.

    Here are just a few of the onsite activities at Aulani that your son and his friend might enjoy:
    • North Shore Beach Zone - This fun-filled afternoon evokes the "North Shore" hang-out experience for teens.
    • Sunset Mele - Teens are invited for a beach gathering of watching the sunset while listening to Hawaiian music.
    • Beach Rentals - There is an assortment of boogie boards, snorkel sets, and paddle boards available for rent.
    • Snorkel in Rainbow Reef - You can see indigenous fish up close in Rainbow Reef, Aulani's private snorkel tank, and see if you can find Hawaii's state fish, the humuhumunukunukuapua'a (or humu humu for short).
    • Sailing Canoe Experience - Like Moana, you can enjoy a sailing canoe to explore Oahu from the sea.
    • Day Trips - You can book day excursions at Aulani to explore all that Oahu has to offer such as a trip to the real North Shore, surfing lessons, movie tours, zip lining, and more.
    Of course, teens also love just hanging out by the pool or enjoying a lazy ride in the Waikolohe Stream.  It's a great way to spend your day, especially while treating yourself to a Mickey-shaped shave ice!  

    Now let's talk about your special celebration. Catherine, right now, the in-room Gifts and Surprises remains suspended through Aulani. However, if you contact Aulani's Guest Services, they work directly with three vendors - two florists and an edible decorations company - and can coordinate an in-room surprise for your son this way. Alternatively, the Resort will accept boxes from online retailers and some Guests like to have decorations shipped to the Resort that they can then set up themselves for the special occasion.   I would also recommend celebrating with an evening experience not to be missed, the KA WA‘A Luau at Aulani.  This will certainly be a highlight of your trip.

    I hope this is helpful for you Catherine.  If you have any additional questions about your upcoming trip to Aulani, stop back and see me at planDisney.  Here, we are your Disney vacation planning 'ohana.  'Ohana means family, and that means nobody gets left behind.

    Magically yours,
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Meet the Panelist: Keri, Massachusetts

Hi there, I'm Keri from Massachusetts, a wife and mom to preteen twins and a teen. Since my first magical visit to Walt Disney World at age three, I've loved all things Disney. My husband found his passion for pixie dust on our honeymoon and his first visit to a Disney park. Soon after, we joined Disney Vacation Club, which has afforded us unforgettable family vacations for the last 20 years. Disney Vacation Club has helped us create our most magical vacation memories. I can't wait to help you plan yours. Learn More About Keri

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