Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii

LAST UPDATE: 9/21/21

AulaniCoronavirus-related update: Aulani Resort is open with new health and safety measures in place. Please visit Aulani Resort’s Know Before You Go page for more information.

Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa is on 21 acres of oceanfront property on Hawaii’s island of Oahu. See below for any Aulani Resort discounts, information on FREE Aulani Resort activities, as well as our advice for getting to Hawaii, saving money on groceries near Aulani Resort, great activities and daytrips on Oahu, luaus and more!

Aulani, located on the island’s western (leeward) side in the Ko Olina Resort & Marina, is Disney’s first mixed-use family resort outside of its theme park developments. The resort overlooks breathtaking crystal blue lagoons and sandy beaches, with a total of 481 two-bedroom-equivalent Disney Vacation Club villas and 351 hotel rooms including 16 suites.

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Aulani Resort Overview

Aulani Resort & Spa, on the island of Oahu in Hawaii, is an oceanfront resort offering activities and amenities that aim to engage every member of the family. Aulani is also designed to respect and connect with the local culture of the Hawaiian islands. The Walt Disney Imagineering team researched Hawaii and worked with local architects and cultural experts as part of the resort’s creative design process. The resulting design is a village celebrating the Hawaiian customs and traditions that lead to a life filled with joy and in harmony with the natural world.

At the heart of the resort, an open-air lobby building — Hale Aloha — draws its design inspiration from a traditional Hawaiian canoe house, visually connecting families to the sea and beyond. Window designs, wall graphics and other details welcome families with tales of adventure, myth, legend and more, while twin streams flow through the building before uniting as a single cascade into the center garden below. Wood, thatch, lava stone and coral are among the materials represented in the resort’s two 15-story guestroom towers, each oriented perpendicular to the ocean to maximize ocean views. Façade murals add to the distinctive look of each tower and portray some of the stories and legends of the islands.

To further incorporate Hawaiian traditions, cultural programming including music, dance, history, and arts and crafts; a story-driven, technology-enabled adventure game; a lu’au and other surprises come together to create a Hawaiian destination that’s uniquely Disney.

The Aulani Resort offers an extensive and elaborate pool and water play area, an 18,000-square-foot spa, a children’s club (Aunty’s Beach House) and dining at two full-service restaurants and several convenient quick-service dining options. To learn more about this resort, you can read Kris Borchardt’s November 2016 review of her stay at Aulani.

The pool area, known as the Waikolohe Valley, includes:

Booking a Vacation at Aulani

“Rack” (full price) rates at Aulani start at $399 a night (plus 14% hotel tax) for a standard hotel room. Rates vary by season of the year. Generally speaking the rates are lowest when kids are in school, and highest in summer, at Christmas and during other holiday periods.

Parking is an additional $37 per day for either valet or self-parking.

Vacations at Aulani can be booked in various ways:

Discounts on Aulani Vacations

New!Winter/Spring Aulani Offer

Get 25% off when you book a 5-night or longer stay at Aulani. Get up to 20% off when you book a 4-night stay at Aulani. Offer available for stays most nights January 4 – April 8, 2022. Travel must be complete by April 9, 2022.

Receive a $150 Resort credit if you book by 10/18/21!

Book by 2/12/22.

The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited and room availability may vary by dates of stay. Standard change/cancel policies apply. Limit 2 rooms per reservation. Does not apply to Suites or 3-bedroom Grand Villas. Offer excludes Resort fees and taxes. Not valid in combination with any other discounts or offers.

Fall/Winter Aulani Offer

Get up to 30% off when you book a 5-night or longer stay at Aulani. Get up to 25% off when you book a 4-night stay at Aulani. Offer available for stays most nights August 14 – November 21, 2021 and November 27 – December 18, 2021. Travel must be complete by December 19, 2021.

Book by 10/8/21.

The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited and room availability may vary by dates of stay. Standard change/cancel policies apply. Limit 2 rooms per reservation. Does not apply to Suites or 3-bedroom Grand Villas. Offer excludes Resort fees and taxes. Not valid in combination with any other discounts or offers.

Renting Disney Vacation Club Points

When available, renting Disney Vacation Club points from an owner is a great way to save money on an Aulani stay. (It is also the only way for non-owners to book the studio or villa accommodations more than 60 days in advance.)

Annual Passholder Discount

Aulani offers an ongoing discount for ALL Disney theme park Annual Passholders, no matter which Disney theme park. Discount is typically 10% but sometimes up to 30% with special offers, which will be noted below when available. This includes Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Disneyland Resort Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland and Tokyo Disney Resort.

Military Discount

Aulani has an ongoing discount for active duty military: 25% off, subject to availability.

Kama’aina Rates

Kama’aina (locals/Hawaiian resident) rates may be offered seasonally. You will have to show a Hawaiian resident ID (drivers license) at check-in.

FREE Activities at Aulani Resort

When booking a stay at Aulani, you can enjoy a wide range of activities at no additional cost!

In addition to the beach and the resort’s themed pools, Aulani offers many complimentary experiences:

Daytrips and Excursions on Oahu

Aulani Resort offers a variety of excursions including snorkeling, hiking, and visits to Hawaii tourist spots like Pearl Harbor. However, exploring the island on your own is usually much less expensive than Aulani’s standard excursions, as well as more flexible. We highly recommend it, and have some suggested activities and daytrips below.

For self-guided exploration, a rental car is a must. The resort’s location is remote and there is very limited public transportation. The nearest bus stop is 1 mile from Aulani and major attractions are located 30 minutes to 1 hour away by car. Read our information on rental car discounts.

If you prefer to rent a car only for only part of your stay, Alamo has a rental car desk at Aulani (location code is HNLR72).

If you plan to drive around Oahu, be aware that traffic is often very bad, particularly along the south shore/Waikiki/Honolulu. Avoid driving into the Honolulu area on weekdays between 5:00-8:00 am and out of Honolulu between 3:00-6:30 pm.

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Daytrips and Activities on Oahu

Snorkel at Hanauma Bay

For a much less expensive — and far more authentic — alternative to Aulani’s artificial lagoon (Rainbow Reef), drive about 1 hour to Hanauma Bay, which is open daily except Tuesdays. Hanauma Bay is a protected marine life conservation area and one of the world’s best places for novice snorkelers. Within the bay’s pristine and clear waters, visitors can swim through a stunning coral reef with more than 450 species of vibrant tropical fish. You can drive down on your own and snorkel all day for just $7.50 per adult, and kids 12 and under are FREE. You will need snorkel equipment of your own, or you can rent some on the beach for $20 per person.

Hanauma Bay is very popular, and you’ll do best to get there early. Only 3,000 visitors per day are allowed in, and there is limited space for parking. You’ll want to add extra driving time for traffic if you are coming from Aulani (or need to drive through Honolulu), but if you have 2 or more people in your car you can use the HOV carpool lane and bypass the worst of the traffic.

Tip: If you arrive between 6:00am and 7:00am, before the ticket booth opens, you don’t have to pay the entrance or parking fees. A park ranger will give you instructions and let you walk down to the beach. The snorkel equipment booth does not open until between 7:30 and 8:00am.

In our opinion, snorkeling at Hanauma Bay was a highlight of our trip. We’ve snorkeled at several coves on the Hawaiian Islands, and Hanauma beats them all, hands down. You’ll see many types of fishes, urchins and varieties of living coral in a short span of time. Much of the bay is fairly shallow, which gives you an “up close and personal” view of all that you see. For more information, read Kris Borchardt’s November 2016 review of Hanauma Bay snorkeling.

Experience Kualoa Ranch

Consider a visit to Kualoa Ranch, located on the opposite coast of Oahu, about 45 minutes’ drive from Aulani. Many movies and popular television shows were filmed at the Kualoa Ranch complex, and the area is a popular tourist destination that offers a wide array of reasonably-priced recreational activities, including catamaran sailing, ATV tours, horseback riding, a “secret island” beach and film set tours. Kualoa Ranch is on land once inhabited by the Kahuna members of Hawaiian society, who served as advisors to Kualoa’s resident royalty. The ranch acreage includes a lush valley, natural streams and mountains with beautiful ocean views, and an 800 year old Hawaiian fishpond.

Explore the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC)

You can easily spend a full day at the Polynesian Cultural Center, located on the northeast coast of the island, about an hour from Aulani, and open daily except Sundays. The PCC is focused the cultures of the 1,000+ Pacific islands that make up Polynesia. The park is divided into six different villages representing islands of Polynesia and their customs: Aotearoa (New Zealand) Village, Hawaiian Village, Tahitian Village, Fijian Village, Samoan Village and Tongan Village. Each of the villages allows visitors to experience cultural practices of that particular island. Some of the activities include fire pit cooking, coconut husking, lei-making, learning the haka dance, fire-starting, tree climbing lessons, tattoo-drawing, and fire knife dancing.

General admission includes the villages and the Rainbows of Paradise canoe pageant, Hawaii’s only water-borne show. For an additional fee, one of the best luaus on the island, featuring a buffet and spectacular show (HA – Breath of Life) with over 100 performers, can be added to your admission ticket. The PCC is run by Brigham Young University-Hawaii and there is an optional tram tour focused on the history and beliefs of the Latter-Day Saints (Mormon) church and its activities in Hawaii.

Visit Pearl Harbor

The most popular thing to do at Pearl Harbor is to visit the Visitor Center and USS Arizona Memorial. Other options are the Battleship Missouri Memorial, Pacific Aviation Museum and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park.

The Visitor Center and USS Arizona Memorial are operated by the National Park Service. They are FREE to visit and parking is free, but you must get a ticket for the boat over to the Memorial. Boat tickets are frequently all taken before noon. Show up as early as you can (tickets are distributed starting at 7:00 or 7:30 am) and avoid weekends if you can. Paying your respects at the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor — the final resting place of many of the 1,177 American sailors who were lost in the Pearl Harbor attack on the ship — is intensely moving for most adults, but can be boring for young children. It may be worth taking children 10 and older, especially those interested in history.

There are fees to enter the Battleship Missouri Memorial, Pacific Aviation Museum and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park. The Battleship Missouri and the USS Bowfin are interesting for some younger children because they can tour through the massive ships, but children under 4 are not permitted on the Bowfin. Children who are very interested in planes and/or history will enjoy the Pacific Aviation Museum.

Be aware that you cannot carry ANY bags (fanny packs, wrist purses, handbags, diaper bags, backpacks, camera bags, etc.) into the Pearl Harbor sites. You can carry a camera in your hand or around your neck. Put your personal items in your pockets or car trunk before departing for Pearl Harbor (don’t put things in the trunk when you get there, as theft from car trunks is a big problem in Hawaii and thieves could be watching). Alternatively, you can store things for $3 per bag at the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park.

Strollers can be taken into the Visitor Center (except the theater), but all pockets and compartments must be empty. Strollers CANNOT be taken on the boat over to the USS Arizona. You are allowed to leave a stroller outside the theater in the Visitor Center while you take the boat to the Memorial, but no one will be watching it. No strollers can be taken onto the Battleship Missouri or USS Bowfin.

Scuba Dive

Hawaii is a great place to do this! There is so much to see (amazing fish, rays, eels, turtles), and the water is wonderful and clear on the west side of the island, where Aulani is located. There are also interesting wrecks and caves in the area. Unfortunately the lagoons at Aulani (and throughout Ko Olina) are not good for off-the-beach scuba diving as they are too shallow, but open water dives are amazing. Hawaii Nautical is the local scuba diving company in the Ko Olina area. If you are not already a diver, there is a 3-hour “Scuba Diving for Beginners” excursion from Ko Olina Marina (very close to Aulani) where you can learn to scuba dive.

Hio-all-inclusive Go Oahu Pass

If you plan to do much self-guided sightseeing on the island, be sure to check out the Go Oahu Pass , which includes admission to over 34 attractions, including a Grand Circle Island Tour, Hanauma Bay snorkel excursion from Waikiki with equipment included, multiple activities at Kualoa Ranch, general admission to the Polynesian Cultural Center, and lots more. It allows you to skip the line at top sights and saves you up to 55% on regular admission rates.

Go Oahu Passes are available in 1- and 2-day increments, but only 3-, 5- and 7-day passes give you access to bonus attractions such as a Dolphin Encounter at Sea Life Park, Alii Luau and Dinner show at the Polynesian Cultural Center, or a semi-private surfing lesson. 1- and 2-day cards include the Polynesian Cultural Center; just not the Luau and Dinner show.

Instant delivery! You can now get your pass instantly when you download it as a mobile pass after checkout. You will also receive a link to the pass in your order confirmation email. Along with your pass, you will receive printable and mobile versions of your guidebook containing information about each attraction including location, getting-in instructions, phone number, and hours of operation. Simply choose the “Instant Delivery” option at checkout.

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DVC Member Discounts Outside Aulani

Disney Vacation Club (DVC) members qualify for some discounts on Oahu, away from Aulani. At last check there were deals for about a dozen (mostly minor) attractions, shops and restaurants, such as the Bishop Museum, Hard Rock Cafe, Hilo Hattie and Germaine’s Luau. We don’t list them all here because they are subject to frequent changes: the best way to see the current offerings is to check the DVC member website. To get the discounts you’ll need to show your blue DVC membership card.

Standard Excursions Offered by Aulani Resort

A variety of standard excursions including snorkeling, hiking, and visits to Hawaii tourist spots like Pearl Harbor are offered by Aulani’s Tour Desk. The primary advantage of doing these excursions is that most of them depart from Aulani, so you don’t need to drive. However, you will generally pay a considerable amount more than if you did them on your own. You can certainly book Oahu excursions directly with various tour operators (Viator’s Oahu Page or’s Oahu Page are both good place for learning about and booking dozens of different Oahu tours), but very few of them depart from Ko Olina; they usually have pick up available, but sometimes only from Waikiki hotels or the cruise ship terminal. There are some exceptions; there are several snorkel and dolphin-watching tours now that are run from Ko Olina Marina, which is an easy walk from Aulani, and there are a few helicopter and jeep tours that leave from Ko Olina. Many Ko Olina excursions can be booked directly through’s Ko Olina Page (some are also available on Viator’s Ko Olina Page). Tours that happen in and around Honolulu are probably better booked directly through Aulani in order to get the transportation.

These excursions are operated by third parties (not Disney) and are booked independently from any room or package reservations. They are payable in full at the time they are reserved. Most have a 2 or 3 day cancellation policy. Currently excursion reservations are not available online; they can be booked by phone at (800) 840-6820, added to your reservation by your travel agent, or you can book in person when you arrive.

Sample excursions from Aulani change frequently; see the current list of excursions. Prices are typically $60-$350 per person; call or ask your travel agent for pricing on specific excursions):

SightseeingMajestic Circle Island Tour (bus)
CulturalPolynesian Cultural Center Tour
USS Arizona
LuauParadise Cove Luau
Magic of Polynesia Dinner Show
Boat TourCatamaran Experience
Water activityDolphin Encounter Program
RecreationDay on the Bay (Jet Skis, Parasailing, etc.)
Kualoa Zip and Dip (Zip line)
Ohana Stand-Up Paddle Experience
Kualoa Horseback or ATV Ride (2 hours)
Kayak and Exploration Guided Tour (5 hrs)
HelicopterHidden Oahu Tour
Ko’olina Marina Circle Island Spectacular
HikingHuaka’i Nui – Big Adventure

Adventures by Disney Excursions

Adventures by Disney excursions are exclusive to Aulani and include experiences you can’t easily arrange on your own. Most of these excursions are offered only once a week and are subject to cancellation if not enough people reserve them. The minimum age for most is 4 years. Transportation from Aulani to the destination is included. All prices below are subject to change.

Perhaps because of the high price of the Adventures by Disney excursions, they are frequently underbooked. If they don’t get enough people, the Holo Holo desk cancels the excursion. founder Mary Waring’s Hawaiian Cooking Class excursion was cancelled with one day’s notice, and we’ve heard from numerous other Aulani guests whose excursions were cancelled at the last minute. This is another excellent reason to have a rental car — otherwise you may be stuck at Aulani on a day when you’d planned to be having fun elsewhere.

Currently excursion reservations are not available online; they can be booked by phone at (866) 814-3569, added to your reservation by your travel agent, or you can book in person when you arrive.

Catamaran Experience ($154 adult / $124 child (ages 12 and under); Mondays and Wednesdays 12:45 – 5:15 pm, including travel time) – Join an exclusive group of Aulani guests and an Adventure Guide for this 3-hour adventure on the high seas. Just a short drive from Aulani, 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) sightings are frequent. Kohola (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.

Kualoa Ranch Experience ($254 adult / $224 child (minimum age for horseback ride is 10); Thursdays 11:00 am – 6:30 pm, including travel time) – 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, the traditional Hawaiian land division that extends from the mountain to the shore.

Waimea Falls-North Shore Experience ($134 adult / $104 child (ages 4-12); Fridays 8:00 am – 2:00 pm, including travel time) – Join fellow Aulani guests for an exclusive excursion to a slice of tropical paradise on Oahu’s North Shore. This special site is rich with Hawaiian history and is a repository for Hawaiian spirituality and traditions. Along with local expert hosts, you will enjoy a guided walk through the botanical gardens of this vast tranquil setting. En route, children will have the opportunity to stop at various staging areas to try their hand at playing ancient Hawaiian games. Upon returning to the visitor’s center, you will be treated to lunch as well as a hands-on Hawaiian activity with a local Aunty. Waimea Valley is a living example of an ahupua’a (traditional Hawaiian land division that extends from the mountain to the shore), and here you will learn just how deeply embedded this tradition is in today’s Hawaiian culture.

Manoa Valley Rainforest & Bamboo Forest Hike ($119 adult / $104 child (ages 8-11); Fridays 8:00 am – 2:00 pm, including travel time) – 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.

Dining, Drinking and Luaus at or Near Aulani Resort

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Food and Restaurants

Aulani has two full-service restaurants:

In addition, there are two beachside/poolside bars and an indoor/outdoor lounge, all of which serve limited bar food.

There are also six quick service locations: The poolside Ulu Cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner – and features an outdoor patio with ocean view; the other five, including the beachside Little ‘Opihi’s, and Mama’s Snack Shop offer snacks like gourmet hot dogs, chicken fingers, wraps and ice cream sandwiches or frozen yogurt. Papalua’s Shave Ice offers only that, in a variety of tropical flavors. You can get a few pricey “grab and go” wraps and salads in the two resort stores, and there is room service.

Across the street from Aulani is Island Country Market (an upscale version of ABC Store), which has a deli area with very reasonably priced take-out food. There is also a selection of health-conscious fare, also reasonably priced. Its grocery prices are high — about the same as Disney’s Aulani gift shop prices — though it has a lot more selection.

Next door to Aulani, the Four Seasons Resort at Ko ‘Olina has several restaurants, including the casual outdoor poolside Waterman Bar and Grill, which offers shared bites, Hawaiian and Asian inspired salad and rice bowls, and an assortment of burgers. They also have a very decent kid’s menu with chicken tenders, shrimp scampi, fish sticks and more. For a fine dining experience there is Mina’s Fish House, a “line-to-table” restaurant featuring local fresh caught seafood in a casual open-air environment overlooking the ocean beach, or La Hiki, a restaurant serving breakfast and dinner with a modern update on traditional Asian dishes inspired by local ingredients. Reservations are recommended for both Mina’s Fish House and LaHiki.

If you’re looking for more dining options, Roy’s Ko ‘Olina is located at the Ko ‘Olina Golf Club, close to Aulani. Roy’s is a well-regarded chain of high-end “Hawaiian fusion” restaurants.

If you are on a tight budget, skip the Four Seasons Resort and head across the street to the Ko ‘Olina Station Shopping Center, a 5 minute walk. There are several dining options including MonkeyPod Kitchen Restaurant, a popular evening spot with live music, creative cocktails and cuisine crafted from local ingredients sourced from Hawaii’s farms. Appetizers range from garlic oil truffle fries to a raw bar mixed plate, salads and pizzas, including several vegetarian options, and entrees include burgers, fish tacos, noodle dishes and fresh caught fish dishes. MonkeyPod Kitchen is known for it’s cream pies, and if you have room after dinner you’ll want to try a slice. However, if you want a cup of Kona coffee, you’ll need to head next door to Island Vintage Coffee; MonkeyPod Kitchen only serves 32 oz. full pots of  Maui coffee. You’ll also find a Two Scoops ice cream shop, Ko ‘Olina Hawaiian Barbecue, Pizza Corner, and Just Tacos Mexican Grill and Catina in the shopping center. While you can spend significantly less at these restaurants than you might at Aulani’s full-service choices, you can still expect to pay $18-25 and upwards per adult, excluding drinks.

Bars and Lounges

Aulani has three bars: two outdoor pool/beach bars (Off the Hook and Wailana Pool Bar) and one indoor/outdoor lounge in the lower level, below the lobby (Olelo Room). Most of the featured cocktails are around $13, and in our experience they are terrible. Their recipes all seem to be cloyingly sweet, yet flavorless.

You will do slightly better (lower price and it’s harder for them to screw the drink up) if you order a very simple liquor-on-the-rocks or liquor-plus-mixer type drink (Baileys on the rocks, gin and tonic, etc.). Avoid complex mixed drinks like Mojitos. Beer is at least a safe bet. Wine is high-priced (5 times retail, so a glass will cost you about the retail price of a bottle of the same wine), but at least the selection is good.

Across the street from Aulani is Island Country Market (an upscale version of ABC Store), which has an excellent wine selection. Prices are a little high, but compared with buying wine at Aulani, it’s a bargain.


Aulani has its own luau, KA WA’A – A Lū’au at Aulani. The luau is about 3 hours long and currently only for guests staying at Aulani. Performances are held on select nights, weather permitting. Seating will be assigned upon arrival. The price for general seating is $160 for adults and $94 for children (ages 3-9), plus tax. The price for Preferred seating is $189 for adults and $114 for children (ages 3-9), plus tax. The prices include gratuity. Check out Kris Borchardt’s November 2016 review of Aulani’s KA WA’A Lū’au.

Paradise Cove Luau is also a good choice, located immediately on the other side of the next resort over from Aulani (the Four Seasons at Ko Olina), so it’s very close to Aulani and requires no transportation. We like this luau about as well as the Aulani one, and it’s only slightly further away.

Saving Money on Groceries & Beach Items

If you are a Costco member, you will definitely want to stop at the Costco in Kapolei, about 4 miles from Aulani. It is by far the best place to stock up on essentials, and it offers a nice variety of Hawaiian specialities like kalua pig, pork lau lau, ahi poke, Portuguese sausage, Hawaiian sweet bread, lomi lomi salmon, Kona coffee, POG (passion fruit/orange/guava) juice, pineapples and more. You can even buy leis and exotic floral arrangements. Costco also usually has the best gas prices on the island.

Another good option is the Target in Kapolei, also about 4 miles from Aulani. You can pick up basic foods and beach items like snorkel gear, sand chairs, beach umbrellas, etc. Having your own gear can save you a fortune compared to the cost of renting beach equipment from Aulani.

Even if you don’t plan to have a rental car, you can walk over to Island Country Market, across the street from Aulani. The food prices are about the same as what you’ll pay at Aulani, but there is a lot more selection. We don’t recommend doing a lot of grocery shopping here: it would be like buying all your groceries at 7-11, price-wise. However, the market has a very nice selection of wines and offers things like inexpensive, basic snorkel sets.

Disney Vacation Club (DVC) members get 10% off Aulani beach rentals, Rainbow Reef snorkeling and full-day cabana rentals. To get the discounts you’ll need to show your blue DVC membership card.

Transportation to Hawaii and Aulani Resort

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Getting to Hawaii

Links to major airlines that fly to/from Honolulu from North American mainland cities:

Read our information and advice about how to save on airfare.

Transfers to/from Honolulu Airport

There are no Disney-provided transfers between the Honolulu Airport and the resort. We strongly encourage you to rent a car (check our rental car discount information). Otherwise you’ll have to take a taxi, which will be costly because the resort is 17 miles from the airport.

If you prefer to rent a car only for the drive to/from the airport, or for only part of your stay, Alamo has a rental car desk at Aulani (location code is HNLR72).

Parking Fees

Parking at Aulani is $37 per night for either self-parking or valet parking.

Checking In and Out

You can check in at any time, but your room will not be ready until 3:00 pm. Check-out time is 11:00 am.

Bell Services can store your luggage if you arrive early or depart late. In addition, Aulani offers an Early Check-In/Late Check-Out Lounge for guests with flights that do not sync up well with the check-in and check-out times. The lounge, which is open 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, provides restrooms, showers and dressing rooms. It also offers a TV viewing area and a touch-screen computer where you can print boarding passes (but you can’t surf the Internet on it).

Childcare and Babysitting at Aulani Resort

Childcare for kids ages 3-12 at Aunty’s Beach House is FREE for guests. Please note: children must be registered to participate at Aunty’s Beach House.

You can pre-register your child online 2 days (but no more than 90 days) prior to your arrival date. Upon arrival at Aulani, you need to stop by Aunty’s Beach House with your child(ren) to complete the registration process. Please note: pre-registering does not guarantee participation at Aunty’s Beach House.

If you are leaving your child at Aunty’s during a mealtime, you can pay $14 for the child to be served lunch or dinner.

Premium experiences, such as “Kakamora Chaos with Moana” or “Fish Are Friends” are also offered, for which there is a fee. Advance reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the Reservation Center at (808) 674-6200. Advance payment is not required, but there is a No Show cost.

Babysitting services are available for ages 6 weeks to 14 years in your villa or room from Kama’aina Kids Sitters.

Spas at or Near Aulani Resort

Access to the Laniwai Spa complex, including the outdoor Kula Wai hydrotherapy garden with private vitality pools, co-ed mineral baths, a reflexology path, six different “rain” showers, whirlpool jet spas and more, is complimentary with any 50-minute spa treatment. You must be 18 or older (14 and older with an accompanying adult) to use the Kula Wai facility. Read more about the spa in Kris Borchardt’s 2016 review or read founder Mary Waring’s spa experience.

For younger guests, there is the Painted Sky facility (ages 13-17) and a private family suite where the whole family can enjoy treatments.

View a PDF of the spa brochure, describing the various treatments. (Information was valid as of March 2019, but prices are subject to change.)

View  a PDF of the spa treatments price list. (Information was valid as of March 2019, but prices are subject to change.)

Spa treatments at Aulani’s Laniwai Spa can be booked by phone at (714) 520-7001, or you can do an online information request and someone will contact you by email.

The Four Seasons at Ko Olina across the street has a spa.

Prices in Hawaii

Get ready for some sticker shock: Hawaii is expensive, and Aulani is no exception. Here are a few of the resort’s prices from our last visit in 2016 to give you an idea:

Taxes on Oahu

General Excise Tax (similar to sales tax) of 4.712% applies to almost all transactions on Oahu, including food, gas and medicine.

If you are using DVC points for your stay at Aulani, be aware that a Transient Accommodations Tax of 9.25%, times 1/2 of the per-point Aulani maintenance fees, times the number of points used, must be paid at the resort. This applies to those renting points as well. In short, you’ll be paying tax of roughly 26.5 cents per point used. For example, if you stayed for a week in Adventure Season in 2011, in an Oceanview 1-Bedroom Villa, the total points required would be 322, times ~26.5 cents, for a total tax of ~$85.33 due at checkout.

If you are paying cash for your stay, the tax on your room rate is just a hair under 14%.