The Aulani Resort & Spa in Ko Olina is scheduled to open August 29, 2011
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Aulani will provide a variety of excursions for guests looking for a little adventure. There are 3 tiers of excursions:
NOTE: Excursions are not finalized and/or official at this time. Details can change at any time until officially released.
These are mix-in excursions (not exclusive to Aulani guests). No "Disney Difference" or Disney cast member presence.
Manoa Valley Hike Discover the hidden hiking treasures of O'ahu's lush volcanic rainforest. This moderate 2-mile round-trip guided hike is a rare opportunity to explore 75-acres of sacred land that is exclusive only to guests of Bike Hawaii. Experience the majestic beauty of towering 200-foot waterfall, cross through tranquil streams, picturesque pools and view ancient rock terraces.
Bishop Museum The Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, designated the Hawai'i State Museum of Natural and Cultural History, is a museum of history and science in the historic Kalihi district of Honolulu on the Hawaiian island of O'ahu. Founded in 1889, it is the largest museum in Hawai'i and is home to the world's largest collection of Polynesian cultural and scientific artifacts.
Grand Circle Tour Motor coach tour of O'ahu including Amelia Earhart Lookout atop Diamond Head, Dole Plantation, drive through Kahala District, Hanauma Bay, Halona Blowhole, Sandy Beach and Makapu'u Point. Nu'uanu Pali Lookout, Byodo-In temple, Kualoa Ranch Legends and Legacy tour, View Chinaman's Hat, Kahana Bay, North Shore beaches, Waimea Bay.
Hawai'i Nautical 3-4 hour catamaran excursion on board the Ko Olina Cat, a 48 passenger 53-foot Gold Coast Catamaran. Morning and afternoon dolphin and whale-watching, snorkeling and sailing.
Honolulu Academy of Arts The Honolulu Academy of Arts is Hawai'i's premier art museum, with a collection of more than 60,000 works. With education as its mission, the Academy also administers the Academy Art Center at Linekona, the largest private art school in the Islands.
Kailua Sailboards & Kayaks Guided kayak excursions suitable for guests of all ages. Options include 2-hr, 4-hr, and full day excursions. 1 or 2 person kayaks are offered. Learn how to minimize the impact on the "aina" (land) and build cultural awareness. Guides help to tell the story of the true Hawaii.
Kualoa Ranch Kualoa Ranch--where the ocean meets the mountains. Considered to be one of the most sacred places on Oahu, Kualoa Ranch is the landowner of Ka'a'awa Valley, also known as Kualoa Valley. Located on the windward coast of the island. Kualoa Ranch is open for activities such as horseback riding and hiking, and is best known as a film location for productions such as Jurassic Park, Mighty Joe Young, George of the Jungle, Pearl Harbor and Lost.
Diamond Head – Oahu Nature Tours Oahu Nature Tours was the first company to offer guided hiking up Diamond Head Crater. Learn about the crater's fascinating geology, history, archaeology, flora and fauna. The walk is 3/4 miles. Walking time is 2 hours. Multiple stops are made along the way.
Sea Life Park Sea Life Park Hawaii adds to Oahu's magic by providing a unique opportunity to interact with exotic sea life and animals. From swimming with dolphins and sea lions to sitting in on a penguin trainer talk, from feeding sea turtles to diving with rays.
SeaBreeze Parasailing and Jet Skiing Sea Breeze Watersports has grown to be the largest and most experienced water sports company in Hawaii. Sea Breeze style means providing safe and thrilling water sports adventures featuring state of the art equipment . Parasailing - Up to one hour on the water and an unforgettable flight of 8-10 minutes. Jet Skiing - Yamaha VX110 4-stroke wave runner (30 minute total riding time). Also offer Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Banana Boat or Bumper Tube rides, Speed Sailing, Surfing Lessons.
Star of Honolulu Dinner Cruise Enjoy casual elegance with a 3-course crab and sirloin steak dinner plus "My Hawaii – Lei of Memories®". After a welcome Mai Tai, explore four panoramic decks for breathtaking views of the Hawaiian sunset and coastline, and complete your evening with our magical "My Hawaii" show and dancing.
Waikiki Aquarium Located next to a living coral reef, the award winning Waikiki Aquarium brings guests face-to-fin with colorful tropical fish, reef sharks, living corals, endangered Hawaiian monk seals, sea jellies, squid, octopus and more. Their exhibits, programs, and research focus on the aquatic life of Hawaii and the tropical Pacific. Over 3,500 marine animals in our exhibits represent more than 500 species of aquatic animals and plants.
Germaine's Lu'au Guests will take in the rich cultural heritage of the Pacific Islands and enjoy an engaging show delivered at the ocean's edge, under the stars and palm trees. As the imu (underground oven) is uncovered, the savory aroma of the Pua'a Kalua (roasted pig), the main course of the evening, is revealed.
Paradise Cove Lu'au A tropical Mai Tai greeting and live Hawaiian music set the festive mood of the evening. Casually stroll through the Hawaiian Village and learn the Arts & Crafts of the islands or test your skills at Hawaiian Games. After the delightful Shower of Flowers, participate in the Hukilau on the Beach and learn the net fishing techniques of old Hawai'i. Witness the pageantry of the Royal Court Procession and the time-honored techniques of underground oven cooking at the Imu Ceremony.
Hawaiian Plantation Village Hawaii Plantation Village reveals the story of the 400,000 people who immigrated to Hawaii to work the sugar plantations. The Plantation features 30 original and replica homes and buildings representing each ethnic group's lifestyle from 1900-1930.
Hawaiian Fire Surf School Hawaiian Fire created a company with a very simple idea in mind: to provide guests with not only a surf lesson, but a surfing experience that would rival the most memorable times of their lives. Their combination of the very best island firefighter surf instructors, a pristine secluded beach with perfect rolling beginner waves and the use of state-of-the-art safety equipment has been their recipe for success.
Girls Who Surf Includes one hour and 30 min of surfing, up to half hour transport. Girls Who Surf recommends that children under 12 and weak swimmers register for Private Teaser lessons. This Surf School is recommended when guests prefer to have female instructors.
Polynesian Cultural Center The 42-acre Polynesian Cultural Center represents eight island cultures and over 15 million square miles of the vast South Pacific. The island villages give a first-hand look at these diverse and fascinating cultures. It's essentially a whirlwind tour of Polynesia, with native guides who help visitors experience their games, language, crafts, music and history. They also introduce guests to the most authentic of Hawaiian lu'au.
Dole Plantation Originally operated as a fruit stand beginning in 1950, Dole Plantation opened to the public as Hawaii's "Pineapple Experience" in 1989. Today, Dole Plantation is one of Oahu's most popular visitor attractions and welcomes more than one million visitors a year. Dole Plantation provides enjoyable activities for the entire family, including the Pineapple Express, the Plantation Garden Tour, and the Pineapple Garden Maze.
Hanauma Bay Hanauma is both a Nature Preserve and a Marine Life Conservation District (the first of several established in the State of Hawaii). Hanauma Bay is known for its abundance of green sea turtles and parrotfish. Snorkeling equipment is available for rental.
Pearl Harbor The USS Arizona is the final resting place for many of the ship's 1,177 crewmen who lost their lives on December 7, 1941. The 184-foot-long Memorial structure spanning the mid-portion of the sunken battleship consists of three main sections: the entry and assembly rooms; a central area designed for ceremonies and general observation; and the shrine room, where the names of those killed on the Arizona are engraved on the marble wall.
Exclusive to guests of the Aulani Resort. Focus is on storytelling that will be tied to on-property locations, pieces of artwork, etc. Maximum group size of 40 guests. Hosted by an Aulani "Guide" as well as local expert. Private transportation is provided with coach media (during transport). Snacks and water may be offered, depending on excursion.
Some of the activities listed below listed below are in addition to the Tier 1 program.
Whale Watching (seasonal), Dolphin Spotting, Guided Snorkeling, Musical Entertainment Join an exclusive group of Aulani Guests and an Adventure Guide for this 4-hour adventure on the high seas. Just a short drive from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, board the 53-foot Gold Coast Catamaran and cruise out along the shoreline of Oahu's sun-kissed leeward coast. Following a hearty lunch prepared by your crew, you will be greeted by local marine life. Playful Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins and honu (Hawaiian green sea turtle) spottings are frequent. Kohol? (humpback whale) watching is also a highlight during the months of December - April. The marine life will continue to awe you as you enjoy a guided snorkeling excursion. Then, catch some rays on the deck while a local ukulele player entertains.
Note: This excursion is also part of our Adventures by Disney Explorer Package
Schedule: Mondays 12:30 - 4:30 pm (including travel time)
Activity Level: Moderate
Adult Price: $154
Child Price: $124
Hawaiian Fire Surf School
Join an exclusive group of fellow Aulani Guests and an Adventure Guide for a fun-filled surf lesson at a nearby semi-secluded beach. The engaging Hawaiian Fire team is comprised of Honolulu City Firefighters who put safety first. A barrier reef about a mile offshore naturally breaks down most large swells, reducing the size of the waves making them perfect for surfing beginners. Our instructors' calm, relaxed, and professional manner will instantly have you putting all hesitation aside and allow you to accomplish the "bucket list" goal of surfing in Hawaii!
Schedule: Families: Wednesdays 8 - 11 am including travel time Teen Only: Thursdays 8 - 11am including travel time
Activity Level: High
Adult Price: $154
Child Price: $184 (children from 5-10 years old are given private instruction and therefore are priced accordingly)
Hawaiian Cooking Class with Local Celebrity Chef Sam Choy
Local personality and famous Chef Sam Choy is your private host for this Aulani exclusive adventure that combines a walk with Sam through Honolulu's vibrant and colorful Chinatown market followed by a private cooking class featuring local and traditional specialties. Chef Choy's philosophy towards cuisine is shared by the chefs at Aulani who embrace a relationship with local food growers, fishermen, and farmers. The history and present-day state of Hawaiian cuisines is celebrated in this culinary adventure. Note: This excursion is also part of our Adventures by Disney Explorer Package
Schedule: Thursdays, 2:00 - 7:00 pm including travel time
Activity Level: Low
Adult Price: $224
Child Price: $204
Kailua Sea Kayaking Experience
Nature Walk & Natural History Storytelling
With its fine white sand, pristine, crystal clear water, and natural beauty, Kailua Beach defines tropical paradise. In fact, it often appears on various "10 Best Beaches" in the country lists. Join an exclusive group of Aulani Guests on and an Adventure Guide on this exciting adventure that combines gentle kayaking with Hawaiian natural history stories. We launch our kayaks in the tranquil waters of Kailua Bay and paddle for about 30 minutes to nearby Popoi (Flat Isle) - an Iwa (migratory bird) sanctuary. While there our local expert and kayak Guide will lead us on a storytelling walk around the island and impart stories about the local flora and fauna as well as lore and legend. All the while, the spirit of Polynesian navigation surrounds us. As we paddle back to Kailua Beach, be on the lookout for honu (Hawaiian green sea turtle) and other marine life.
Schedule: Mondays 12:30 - 5:30 pm (including travel time)
Activity Level: Moderate (The kayaking and walking on this excursion are suitable for beginners. The terrain on Flat Isle does not have elevation gain or loss but the footing is uneven and rocky.)
Ages: 8+ (children under 16 years of age must share a kayak with someone over 18) Adult Price: $164
Child Price: $144 Note: Weight maximum for the kayaks is 280 lbs
Manoa Valley Rainforest & Bamboo Forest
Join fellow Aulani Guests for an exclusive adventure in an authentic Hawaiian rainforest! Discover a special hidden Hawaiian hiking treasure on this gently-paced 3-mile hike. This is a rare opportunity to see the majestic beauty of a towering 200-foot tropical waterfall. Cross tranquil streams, walk along picturesque pools, view ancient rock terraces all the while surrounded by vast, lush tropical vegetation and ancient forest. Return along a path winding through a magical bamboo forest rich with stories of the Menehunes.
Schedule: Sundays, 1 - 5 pm including travel time
Activity Level: Moderate
Adult Price: $119
Child Price: $104
DAY 1: Tuesday
Welcome Breakfast at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, at 9:00 am
Departs from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina at 11:00 am
Lunch included - Returns by 6:30 pm
Kualoa Ranch Experience: Private Beach & Horseback Riding
Join fellow Aulani Guests for an exclusive, customized visit to arguably one of the most breathtakingly beautiful pieces of land and coastline on Oahu. Your adventure begins with a private beach and catamaran experience. You will then cross the ranch's legendary Fish Pond, said to have been constructed by Menehunes, en route to a private beach where you will be treated to an exclusive beach BBQ and a sea-turtle spotting expedition on a private catamaran. Later, you will embark on a horseback ride through the ranch's northern lush valley where you will see various movie and television locations. Here you will hear stories about Oahu's Ahupua'a, (traditional Hawaiian land division that extends from the mountain to the shore).
DAY 2: Wednesday
Departs from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, at 12:30 pm
Lunch included - Returns by 4:30 pm
Catamaran Experience: Whale Watching (seasonal), Dolphin Spotting, Guided Snorkeling, Musical Entertainment
Join an exclusive group of Aulani Guests and an Adventure Guide for this 4-hour adventure on the high seas. Just a short drive from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, board the 53-foot Gold Coast Catamaran and cruise out along the shoreline of Oahu's sun-kissed leeward coast. Following a hearty lunch prepared by your crew, you will be greeted by local marine life. Playful Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins and honu (Hawaiian green sea turtle) spotting are frequent. Kohol? (humpback whale) watching is also a highlight during the months of December - April. The marine life will continue to awe you as you enjoy a guided snorkeling excursion. Then, catch some rays on the deck while a local ukulele player entertains.
DAY 3: Thursday
Departs from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina at 8:00 am
Lunch included - Returns by 1:00 pm Farewell
Dinner: 7:00 pm, outdoors at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina
Hawaiian Cooking Class with Local Celebrity Chef Sam Choy
Local personality and famous Chef Sam Choy is your private host for this Aulani exclusive adventure that combines a walk with Sam through Honolulu's vibrant and colorful Chinatown market followed by a private cooking class featuring local and traditional specialties. Chef Choy's philosophy towards cuisine is shared by the chefs at Aulani who embrace a relationship with local food growers, fishermen, and farmers. The history and present-day state of Hawaiian cuisines is celebrated in this culinary adventure.