What is better than paradise, you may ask? Well, paradise with a Disney touch would be the correct answer. Aulani is the perfect combination of Disney magic and the Polynesian culture that any vacation lover would crave. For most Hawaii travelers, a 7 day trip would be an average stay on this beautiful island, and I have broken down what you can fit in during this week-long stay.
Arriving in the main city of Honolulu, you will depart to the other side of the island towards Aulani. When you arrive, you will be greeted with a traditional welcome complete with leis and fruit infused water, if you so choose. Check in to your room and relax on day one. A six hour flight is rough on any traveler, especially if you have young kids. Grab some food at the Wailana Pool Bar, and admire the great pools and lazy river. Your kids will be dying to jump in there tomorrow!
Day 2- Pool/Beach and a Luau
After a long day of travel, you’ll want to kick your feet up and relax. Grab yourself a pool wristband and a drink and sit by the pool. In between pool runs, head out toward the ocean and maybe rent a paddle board or make use of the provided beach toys or activities (ping pong anyone?). Once everyone has rested up, head downstairs to attend Aulani’s KA WA’A Luau. This luau consists of pre-show activities, buffet dining, and a full luau performance that’ll leave you speechless.
Day 3- Catamaran Experience
Aulani offers a variety of excursions throughout the island, but one of the coolest ones that they offer is the Catamaran Experience. Guests board a 65 foot catamaran and head out to sea in search of some wonderful sea life. Snacks and beverages are offered, and you’ll search for dolphins, sea turtles, and other tropical fish. Make sure that you book all of your Aulani excursions in advance as they have limited space.
Day 4- Diamond Head
If you have a hiker in your family, Diamond Head is for you! This 300,000 year old crater offers wonderful views of the island. If you participate in this hike, make sure that you are willing to do some climbing on uneven rock, and, if you go up certain ways, you’ll climb through dark caves. If you are not the adventurous type, the Honolulu mall is only a few minutes away.
If you haven’t already dropped your kids off at the kids club, they are missing out. Aunty’s Beach House is a wonderful getaway for your child that will leave you knowing that your child is making amazing memories. They have crafts, dress up, movies, story time, and plenty of fun to go around. While your child is playing, you should have a spa day. Aulani has dozens of treatments to relax your mind, body, and spirit. Make sure to book spa treatments in advance.
Day 6- A Trip Around the Island
Honolulu is paradise, but it also has plenty of historical sites and activities for you to view. There are plenty of bus tours that you can choose from, but my personal favorites are Pearl Harbor and the Dole Plantation. For a history buff, seeing Pearl Harbor in person is quite the opportunity. They have museums and a boat that you can take to see the SS Arizona. The Dole Plantation is also a great location to visit. Stop in for a taste of real Hawaiian pineapple, and any other fruit will forever be ruined for you.
Day 7- Departure Day
You didn’t think I would take you 7 days without seeing Mickey would you? Pop in on your final morning to Makahiki Buffet for a Hawaiian breakfast complete with your favorite Disney characters dressed in their vacation best. Get your final look around Aulani, and perhaps allow your child to participate in the Menehune Adventure Trail to find all the Menehune that they have seen over the past seven days.
Of course, there is so much more that you can experience at Aulani and on the island, but I hope you got some ideas for your next trip. Aloha and Mahalo!