Snorkeling in Hawaii at Aulani; fish; husband; wife
  • On Dec 14, 2023
    Denise from NY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    May or June 2025 want to try to book Hawaii for our 40th. Airport near by, easy to get to? I see hotel rooms less points-no kitchenette-do we still get free laundry? Resort big enough to stay busy or need to rent a car to get around? (Honeymooned in Hawaii

    Aloha, Denise!

    What can I say except you're welcome here at planDisney! How exciting that you are dreaming of a Hawaiian holiday at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa.  See where the line in the sky meets the sea? It calls me, Denise, and that's why we have visited Aulani three times.  Because when the spirit of Aloha meets Disney, magic happens!

    Denise, the closest airport to Aulani is Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu. It's about 45 minutes from the Resort. While Disney doesn't offer complimentary transportation, they do recommend a few shuttle options on their website. Our family prefers to rent a car so we can come and go as we please.  While there is a lot to do at Aulani, from dining to waterslides and pools to activities like learning to play the ukulele and the Menehune Adventure Trail, you really want to explore the island to experience Oahu and Hawaiian culture.  Some activities can be booked through Aulani via the Holoholo Desk where transportation may be included. But some of them would require you to have a car.   

    My top recommendations would be to visit the Polynesian Cultural Center, snorkeling in Hanauma Bay, visit Kualoa Ranch for horseback riding, a gator tour or a movie tour, Pearl Harbor, and Waimea Valley.  Swimming in the sacred Waimea Falls is very special indeed.

    There are laundry facilities at the Resort for the hotel guests but these are fee-based and will be charged to your room. If you book one of the Disney Vacation Club one-bedroom Villas or larger, you will get a full-sized kitchen, dining, and living room area, and included washer and dryer in your room. We stayed in a one-bedroom villa this past August, and having the home away from home amenities was perfect for our 'ohana. There are also grills on site and local grocery delivery via Instacart is possible as well.

    I hope this helps you, Denise!  If you have any further questions about Aulani, surf back here to see me and I'll be so happy to help you.  

    A Hui Hou (it means "until we meet again" in Hawaiian,)
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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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