Disney Aulani Hawaii Review Snorkeling, Pools, Beaches and Food

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Our vacation to Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa just kept getting better! From snorkeling to the beach, we are so excited to share our full review with you. Special thanks to Disney for hosting this amazing vacation! We can’t wait to go back!

Day 4 at Disney’s Aulani started with this view from our balcony.

I mean, even if none of the other fun happened, this would have been enough for me. Well, this view and some of their delicious coffee that is.

Of course, we had more than a full day planned.

We started with the Character Breakfast where we hung out with Aunty and Minnie Mouse!

In between dancing and other fun activities, we enjoyed a really great breakfast. Just like with all the other meals, we had our favorite vegan options brought right out to the table.

After breakfast, we got ready for a full day of ocean fun!

I soaked up some sun from the lounge chairs.

You wouldn’t know that because I layer on the sunblock, so my normally pale skin doesn’t show signs of it, but I promise it happened! It felt so good to just sit back and relax too!

While I was taking in the ocean air with Maddie and Ash, Emmy and Pete were splashing in the lagoon. The water was calm and the beach sand so soft.

Then we moved over to the pool and lazy river!

I missed Maddie and Ash floating by… but caught Pete and Em!

As if that wasn’t enough… we then made our way to the splash pad/water playset. It is perfect for the littlest ones!

We grabbed some tofu bowls (think poke but swap tofu) for lunch and then we were off on an excursion to go snorkeling off the coast!

This reminded me so much of our Adventures By Disney vacation to Europe last summer. Once you book the excursion with Disney, they handle everything and even have one of their guides along with you. He met us in the lobby, and on the bus ride to the boat, he shared so much history and knowledge about Hawaii. 

Once onboard, there was reef safe sunblock waiting for us and lunch too!

We saw so many whales too! We looked left and then right and they were everywhere!

I really enjoyed seeing the island from the water too!

Another Adventures By Disney memory was how all the kids had so much fun together on the boat!

Then it was time for the main event… snorkeling! 

There were even green turtles swimming around where we were snorkeling! 

And huge schools of fish! 

Snorkeling has turned into one of our favorite things to do on vacation, and this was another time we won’t soon forget.

Love her cute little hand signals to me!

She couldn’t wait to tell me about all the fish she saw and the turtle that came up to say hi to her!

The guide also (carefully) brought up this little guy for the kids to see and learn about. 

Disney goes above and beyond every single time.

You know that feeling when the ocean air is swirling around and you are so at peace… that is how we all felt. So much fun and so relaxing at the same time.

We were treated to another amazing Hawaiian sunset!

PS. We also had Dole Whip… and it was even better than on the mainland. It could have been the tropical air or just that the pineapples taste better here? Either way, it is just another BIG reason to plan your next family vacation at Aulani! 

Make sure to watch the video up above for all the fun we had today! It features our underwater visit from the Hawaiian Green Turtle.

Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


  • What a dream trip! It looks like you all had a fantastic time. I bet you were so excited to see those whales 🐋! Disney always goes above and beyond for their guests. I would love to take my kids to Aulani one day!

  • wow – this resort is legit gorgeous – I love to do Disney trips with my niece especially because theyre so good at helping me to deal with her food allergies to take some of the stress out of the situation

  • It looks like you and your family had such an incredible time at this Disney Resort! Though I’ve never been to one myself, my aunt + uncle took my cousins and they had such a great time. It looks like such a magical place for kids. 🙂

  • Oh my GOODNESS, what a beautiful trip this looks like! I am so envious. That water is too blue!

  • OMG, that looks like a really beautiful place with a beautiful view. This makes me what to go to Hawaii so much, it doesn’t even look real. Beautiful.

  • OMG, that looks like a really beautiful place with a beautiful view. This makes me what to go to Hawaii so much, it doesn’t even look real. Beautiful.

  • It looks like you really are living the dream here! The views are gorgeous and snorkelling looks like a lot of fun.

  • Wow, such a detailed post that would be so helpful to plan a great trip to Disney Aulani Hawaii Resort. Loving the pictures so much.

  • Wow, amazing pictures! You really know how to highlight the beautiful waters even with just the defaults. I seem to somehow remember your past European Disney trips where you guys almost enjoyed the same activities but on a different place of course. Keep those smiles coming!

  • We went to the Bahamas with the Disney Cruise and went snorkeling there. It was so much fun! And the food on the island was delicious.

  • Oh my! What a wonderful family vacation! Hawaii is simply gorgeous but adding the magic of Disney has to be almost unimaginable. And to experience it… precious family memories!

  • Talk about the ultimate family getaway! When we went to Hawaii on our honeymoon, we did so much exploring the volcanos and jungles but did not spend nearly enough time in the water. Time to go back and see all the fishies!

  • That looks like such a great time! I adore that your kids had fun snorkeling. We’ve done that as a family, too, and it creates great memories! 🙂

  • Wow… no surprise at all to Disney goes above and beyond at their resorts too. Thanks for sharing a glimpse of your vacation with us.

  • What a beautiful location to visit, all I can think about while scrolling through your family photos is, “how can you not be happy and smiling with those amazing views?” What a gorgeous place combined with so much to experience. That’s awesome!

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