The month of September is the perfect time to take your keiki to experience the magical underwater adventure of Atlantis Submarines. With every paid Kama’aina ticket purchased you can get a FREE child ticket (12 years and younger)! I don’t know about you guys but with 3 kids of my own I wouldn’t pass up this deal!
I had the opportunity to check out Atlantis Submarines for myself recently and brought Kiana (12 years old) along with me. Atlantis Submarines is located at the Hilton Hawaiian Village and parking is $10 for 3 hours if you get your ticket validated at the Atlantis Submarine check-in desk.
Once you check-in for your reservation you are directed to the dock where you’ll get your boarding passes as well as a family photo taken with the famous Waikiki Beach & Diamond Head views in the background. These photos will be available for purchase towards the end of the excursion.
You then board a ship that will take you out to your submarine.
This ship comes equipped with everything you need . . . restrooms, snack bar and gift shop, an upper deck where you can experience an open-aired environment and a lower enclosed air conditioned area. I was really surprised at how comfortable the accommodations were and how much room was available for everyone.
When you reach the submarine staging area you are treated to a viewing of the submarine actually rising out of the water. That was a really cool sight to see. The ship then pulls up next to the submarine and everyone is transferred over.
Once inside the submarine you take seat . . . each one with a porthole view. There are headphones adjacent to every porthole which provides a guided tour in various international languages. Now, I’m somewhat claustrophobic so I wasn’t really sure what to expect but the inside of the submarine was very roomy and super air conditioned (which I LOVED).
The underwater tour lasted about 45 minutes and we were able to view various creatures like manta ray, sea turtles, huge starfish, lots and lots of fish . . . and even a shark! What I thought was really cool is the way Atlantis Submarines staged actual sunken ships, aircrafts and other structures which provided dramatic backgrounds to an amazing underwater world. I really appreciated the guide giving us a heads up if he saw something interesting coming up. I also liked that once they made a pass through an area they turned the submarine around and made another pass so that both port and starboard sides saw the same things.
Kiana really enjoyed interacting with the Atlantis Submarine app which she downloaded prior to going out on the boat and she was able to check off some of the various creatures that she came across . . . learning more about each one along the way,
Our day with Atlantis Submarines was one of the most enjoyable things we’ve done in a long time. Now all my kids want to go. So if you’ve ever wanted to check out Atlantis Submarines now is the time to do it! You have until the end of September to take advantage of this amazing offer. Make your reservations now.
This post was written for Atlantis Submarines who provided the complimentary tickets in exchange for this post.
The story of ‘Olu
As Mickey and Duffy sailed the islands on a quest to find the perfect birthday present for ShellieMay, rhythmic sounds of an ‘ukulele called them over the ocean, learning them to a cozy cove and to ‘Olu, a kindhearted turtle playing happy music. ‘Olu smiled and shyly greeted Duffy, “I play my ‘ukulele to make songs of love. Want to sing with me?” ‘Olu strummed a beautiful song for his new friends. “That will be the perfect present for ShellieMay!” said Duffy excitedly. Off to the party they went, singing the special song together for their birthday friend.
Introducing ‘Olu . . . the newest member to the Disney family!
‘Olu has the cutest shell highlighting the famous Aulani “arches” which represent the traditional hawaiian canoe house.
Our family was so blessed to be able to attend ‘Olu’s hawaiian reveal at Disney Aulani today.
Also in attendance were none other than Mickey himself and that adorable furry bear Duffy.
‘Olu will be making his exciting official debut tomorrow . . . July 27, 2018 . . . exclusively at Disney Aulani. There will be lots of merchandise available including plushes, key chains, backpacks, mugs, towels, luggage tags and coin pouches.
However, what my girls really enjoyed were the amazing refreshments that only Disney can provide. Look at these unbelievable desserts . . .
There was regular food there, too, but let’s be real . . . I’m all about the sweets.
And on a side note . . . when we were walking back to our car with our ‘Olu swag, a Japanese visitor saw ‘Olu and could not contain herself. She excitedly started talking to her husband and pointing at our plushes.
I think ‘Olu is going to be a big hit.
Thank you Disney Aulani for including us in this exciting event. We had such a great time!
Our staycation at the Disney Aulani was nothing short of magical. Being Disney fanatics, we have been dying to stay at The Aulani since it first opened in August 2011. “Aulani” which means “Messenger of a Chief” is located on the Leeward side of Oahu on the beach of Ko’Olina. The warm hospitality and beautiful decor continuously reminds you that you are in a Hawaiian paradise.
When you first pull up to the port cochere of the hotel you’re immediately greeted by a host offering you either a beautiful orchid or kukui nut lei. The kids were thrilled and it gave us the feeling that our magical vacation was about to begin.
You’re then escorted to the Front Desk where you’re checked in. The first thing you’ll notice is the beautiful rainbow of photos on the wall. These 100 photos were taken by 100 local high school students who were asked to capture the image of a color in the rainbow.
The check-in process was pretty quick considering all the information they provide you with . . . including a comprehensive map of the resort and your very first Daily ‘Iwa (Activity Calendar).
You’ll also receive your room keys with each guest’s name printed on them. You use these keys as your credit cards while at the resort and you can establish which keys have charging privileges.
Then it was time to check out our room . . . a 1 bedroom Parlor Suite with partial ocean view. When we opened the front door I think we were all pretty speechless. Talk about a beautiful room. The combination of Hawaii and Disney was everywhere. From the Hawaiian print upholstery with hidden Mickeys in them to the wooden Mickey light fixtures . . . you really feel like you are in Hawaii . . . Disney style.
The room accommodates up to 5 people with 3 beds . . . a king-size bed in the master bedroom, 1 queen-size sleeper sofa and 1 twin-size pull-down bed in the parlor.
There’s also 1 1/2 baths which made getting ready with 3 kids a lot easier.
The Kitchenette is perfect for those who want to cook a little during their stay. It comes completely stocked with cookware, dishes, glasses, cutlery and basic cooking utensils.
There’s also a cute dining area where the family can gather before heading out for the day.
And how about this view?
If it wasn’t for all the fun activities we had planned we may have never left the room.
Coming up . . . Disney Aulani . . . The Activities
This post was written for Disney Aulani who sponsored our family for the weekend.
As many of you already know, my family was recently invited to spend the weekend at the Disney Aulani Resort in Kapolei, Hawaii. Being that we’re all Disney fanatics . . . we were over-the-top excited!
From the lei greeter upon arrival to the super accommodating front desk receptionist that helped me when I was checking out . . . and everyone in-between . . . we encountered an exceptional group of people who truly exemplifies the “Aloha Spirit”.
In upcoming posts, I will share with you our experiences in regards to our accommodations, the activities we enjoyed and of course, the great local foods that The Aulani has to offer.
Mahalo again to the Disney Aulani for showing my family that . . . Dreams really do come true!