I've heard it's difficult to sign the kids up for Aulani's beach club & is babysitting offered? Any suggestions or tips? Also, any recommendations for snorkeling & seeing sea turtles? Thank you!
The volcanic and Stitch activities filled fast. My husband got in line on a Satuday (Labor Day weekend) at 7:45am and missed the Volcanic activity. We were able to sign up for Stitch. We were able to sign our son up for the Surf's Up Dinner with Chip and Dale before we left, so I would do that. Our 4 1/2 year old loved it! And we had a chance to have dinner at 'Ama 'Ama (5:45pm reservations were perfect for a 6:50 pm sunset.) There was a photo pass person at the event so we got to see pics. He ate, danced, did art, and decorated a cool wooden surfboard to take home.
My suggestion and tip would be that you call the concierge desk at Aulani and ask them this specific question. For as much as you pay, they are there to help. Just pick up the phone and call and they answer right away. You have to reserve, in advance, spots for your kids and the babysitting. Take advantage of this when you are allowed to. I think it's like 6 weeks before your trip or something. If you cancel, that's fine, but at least you have a spot for your kids. As far as snorkeling and sea turtles, head up to the North Shore. Turtle Bay. Depending on the time of year, they are all over the place. Pretty cool. Aulani can help you with a snorkeling excursion or at least lead you in the right direction. Take advantage of their services! Call them. They give better advice ;).
Thanks everyone! I appreciate the tips. My kids are 6 & 10. We've lived in HI & visited before, but always stayed with family. This is the 1st time we're staying at a resort more like a tourist. So we're excited for this new experience. Any good tips for eating at the restaurant. I've read that the food is very mediocre.
I highly recommend lining up at 7am to guarantee getting the reservation at Aunty's Beach house. Definitely on those days when the popular activities r on the schedule like Volcanic eruption disruption. Sip on a cup of coffee n get acquainted with the other parents in line. U might learn more from them too.
Ok it is actually called Aunty's beach house because in Hawaii everyone is called aunty, uncle or cousin and it is not very difficult to sign up if you do it in advance. It is a drop off service so I guess this is sort of like baby sitting. There is a lagoon in front of the hotel that boasts a ton of fish near the opening to the ocean and the turtles do enter. I run into them almost every time we go. There is also a hidden lagoon to the north on the other side of the next hotel where Hawaii monk seals show up to sunbathe. Good luck!
How old are your kids? If under 3, they can't sign up for activities but over 3 and potty-trained can utilize Aunty's Beach House. I would sign up first thing in am to confirm you get a spot. Very busy during summertime!
Snorkeling at Aulani's pool is great! You can pay a fee and use it your entire stay!
Last thing, if going off property, the kids might like visiting the Dole plantation. There's a train ride, delicious pineapple treats and a beautiful garden!
Thx for the tips & info! Looking forward to our trip. I guess we'll be there during peak time so hopefully it will still be enjoyable despite the crowds. My kids are fair skinned red heads so I'm a little worried about making sure we can get loungers under umbrellas etc. Was that difficult? Do they offer cabanas as well to rent?
You do have to look at the schedule each day and go sign up. Some things do fill up but we had no trouble with any activities. We did not use the babysitting service. Snorkeling- Aulani has the manmade area - packed with fish and very nice, they do charge but if you pay for the entire stay you also can use the snorkel equipment in lagoon. Lagoon you will see some sea life but for kids the man made one is unbeatable. We saw one sea turtle - on Turtle beach on North shore. We were going to snorkel there. You would definitely have to swim out a bit and be comfortable with ocean snorkeling. Would be tough for small kids. Ours are both swim team members.North Shore - Waimea - Falls on one side and cliff jump on other - very fun depending on ages. either way fun to watch. Close to Turtle beach.
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