Snorkeling in Hawaii at Aulani; fish; husband; wife
  • On May 9, 2024
    Kristen from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Is a “looky board” approved for snorkeling use at Aulani’s rainbow reef? We would like to take our 4 year old, but a mask is not an option for her.

    Aloha, Kristen! Welcome back to planDisney. I'm so glad your wayfaring journey led you back to us!  I see you're setting off on a Hawaiian rollercoaster ride in just a few short days that will lead you to Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa--how exciting! I'm delighted to help with your question. 

    Aulani holds such special memories for our family, as it was the site of our first official trip as Disney Vacation Club Members. If it's your first visit, I assure you that you are in for a treat. This resort is truly a tropical paradise, with all sorts of activities to fill your days and a perfect setting for making family memories.

    One unique feature at Aulani is Rainbow Reef, the only private snorkeling lagoon on the island of Oahu. Guests can get up close and personal with the resident marine life in a safe environment, or watch friends and family snorkeling from a special viewing window. 

    Kristen, I had never heard of a looky board before, but in researching your question I learned all about them--they are really cool! I spoke with several Cast Members at Aulani, including a Lifeguard Manager, to determine whether these are accepted for use in Rainbow Reef. They let me know that any outside equipment needs to be approved to keep other Guests--and of course the residents of the reef--safe.  Upon your arrival next week, consult with the Recreation staff before renting a board.

    This type of board is fine to use in the public lagoons at Ko Olina (where Aulani is located), and you can see a variety of marine life there. However, the currents can be strong so I suggest using caution with your little mermaid and securing an appropriate life vest before venturing out. 

    If your board isn't allowed at Rainbow Reef this time around, don't worry! The Waikolohe Valley pool complex has so much to do that your keiki will have plenty of opportunities for fun in the water. And just think--if Rainbow Reef doesn't work out for this trip, it's an excellent excuse for a return trip to Aulani! 

    I hope this information is helpful and that you and your family have a wonderful vacation filled with sunshine, shave ice, and special time together. If we can help with any other questions before your arrival date, please don't hesitate to reach out to our planDisney 'Ohana again!

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Hi there! I'm Susan, a pixie-dusted pediatric nurse and Disney Vacation Club specialist. I'm married to my own Mr. Incredible and we have two fantastic teenage daughters. Our family has been making Disney memories for four generations, and I'm so excited to help you plan your own magical adventures as part of the planDisney panel. Welcome home! Learn More About Susan

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