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Early 2022 Disney Cruise Line Vacations Available Beginning October 22, 2020

Early 2022 Disney Cruise Line itineraries will return to Hawaii and other favorite tropical destinations to delight families with one-of-a-kind vacations at sea. Adventure awaits during 10-night Hawaiian Islands cruises and a variety of sailings to the Bahamas, Caribbean and Mexico, departing from coast-to-coast homeports including New Orleans, Galveston, Texas, San Diego, Miami and Port Canaveral, Florida.

Early 2022 Disney Cruise Line Vacations Available Beginning October 22, 2020

Hawaiian Islands Cruises from Honolulu and Vancouver

The Disney Wonder will return to the Hawaiian Islands in early 2022 for two special 10-night cruises: a voyage to Honolulu from Vancouver, Canada, on April 26, 2022 and a return sailing to Vancouver on May 6, 2022.

Guests will discover the breathtaking beauty of the Hawaiian Islands, including the famous beaches of Waikiki on Oahu; unforgettable views from high atop the summit of Haleakala Crater on Maui; the lush tropical gardens and waterfalls of Kauai; and the diverse natural wonders of Hawaii Island.

Even More Family Vacations from Florida

Vacationers can combine a Disney cruise getaway with a stay at Walt Disney World Resort in early 2022 with two ships sailing from Port Canaveral, Florida, and a third ship departing from Miami. Every cruise from Florida in early 2022 includes a visit to Disney’s private island paradise, Castaway Cay.

  • From Port Canaveral, the Disney Fantasy begins 2022 with a six-night Western Caribbean cruise, followed by seven-night voyages to a variety of favorite destinations in the Eastern and Western Caribbean.
  • The Disney Dream, also sailing from Port Canaveral, embarks on three- and four-night Bahamian cruises to Nassau and Castaway Cay. Offering even more fun in the sun, one special four-night cruise includes two stops at Castaway Cay.
  • From Miami, the Disney Magic sails four- and five-night Bahamian cruises and five-night Western Caribbean cruises. One special three-night sailing to Castaway Cay and Key West, Florida, makes the perfect long weekend escape.

With a variety of options from Florida to choose from, guests can look forward to embarking on a vacation that provides something for everyone in the family, combining the adventure and relaxation of tropical destinations, the ease and indulgence of an ocean cruise, and the world-class entertainment and service of a Disney vacation.

Popular Tropical Destinations from Galveston and New Orleans

The Disney Wonder will offer Western Caribbean getaways early in 2022. Initially from Galveston, Texas, with four-night itineraries, followed by four- and six-night voyages from New Orleans.

A special six-night Bahamian voyage offered from both Galveston and New Orleans will give guests the opportunity to visit Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island paradise in the Bahamas, in addition to the lively beach town of Key West.

Baja Getaways from San Diego

The Disney Wonder will return to San Diego, California in March and April 2022 with cruises to Baja, Mexico, where you can enjoy vibrant culture, stunning beaches and exciting water activities.

Most sailings to the Baja peninsula call on the charming coastal city of Ensenada, known for its turquoise blue water and rugged mountainous terrain. A two-night cruise to Ensenada has a Friday departure from San Diego, giving you an amazing weekend getaway to experience world-class entertainment aboard the Disney Wonder.

Four- and five-night Baja cruises include a visit to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, a popular destination with dramatic rock formations and white-sand beaches, or to Catalina Island, a tropical gem off the California coast with plenty of outdoor adventures and seaside charm.

Early 2022 Disney Cruise Line bookings will open to the public beginning October 22, 2020. Castaway Club members are eligible for early access.

Disney Wish Update

Although the Disney Wish was originally scheduled to sail in early 2022, its maiden voyage has been postponed to summer 2022 as a result of pandemic-related delays at the Meyer-Werft shipyard in Germany. The ship will be slightly larger than the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy at approximately 144,000 gross tons and 1,250 guest staterooms.

Early 2022 Disney Cruise Line Vacations Available Beginning October 22, 2020

Complete List of Early 2022 Disney Cruise Line Itineraries and Dates

The Caribbean

You can feel the warm breezes of the Caribbean as you take in the sun, sand and turquoise waters on a 4-, 5-, 6-, or 7-night cruise from Port Canaveral or Miami, Florida; Galveston, Texas or New Orleans, Louisiana. Ports of call on these Caribbean itineraries may include Cozumel, Costa Maya, Grand Cayman, Tortola, St. Thomas, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Disney Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island paradise.

WESTERN CARIBBEAN

2022 Disney Wonder 4-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Galveston: 1/6, 1/10, 1/20, 1/24, 1/28

Day 1: Galveston, Texas
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Cozumel, Mexico
Day 4: At Sea
Day 5: Galveston, Texas

2022 Disney Wonder 4-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from New Orleans: 2/14, 2/24, 2/28

Day 1: New Orleans, Louisiana
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Cozumel, Mexico
Day 4: At Sea
Day 5: New Orleans, Louisiana

2022 Disney Magic 5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Miami: 1/8, 2/14, 3/5, 3/28, 4/2

Day 1: Miami, Florida
Day 2: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 3: At Sea
Day 4: Cozumel, Mexico
Day 5: At Sea
Day 6: Miami, Florida

2022 Disney Magic 5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Miami: 1/22, 2/5, 3/19, 4/30

Day 1: Miami, Florida
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: George Town, Grand Cayman
Day 4: At Sea
Day 5: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 6: Miami, Florida

2022 Disney Fantasy 6-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral: 1/2

Day 1: Port Canaveral, Florida
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Costa Maya, Mexico
Day 4: George Town, Grand Cayman
Day 5: At Sea
Day 6: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 7: Port Canaveral, Florida

2022 Disney Wonder 6-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from New Orleans: 2/2

Day 1: New Orleans, Louisiana
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: At Sea
Day 4: George Town, Grand Cayman
Day 5: Cozumel, Mexico
Day 6: At Sea
Day 7: New Orleans, Louisiana

2022 Disney Wonder 6-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from New Orleans: 2/8

Day 1: New Orleans, Louisiana
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Cozumel, Mexico
Day 4: George Town, Grand Cayman
Day 5: At Sea
Day 6: At Sea
Day 7: New Orleans, Louisiana

2022 Disney Fantasy 7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral: 1/29, 2/12, 3/12, 3/26

Day 1: Port Canaveral, Florida
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Cozumel, Mexico
Day 4: George Town, Grand Cayman
Day 5: Falmouth, Jamaica
Day 6: At Sea
Day 7: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 8: Port Canaveral, Florida

EASTERN CARIBBEAN

2022 Disney Fantasy 7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral: 1/8, 1/22, 2/5, 2/19, 3/5, 3/19, 4/2, 4/16

Day 1: Port Canaveral, Florida
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: At Sea
Day 4: Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Day 5: St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Day 6: At Sea
Day 7: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 8: Port Canaveral, Florida

2022 Disney Fantasy 7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral: 1/15, 4/9

Day 1: Port Canaveral, Florida
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: At Sea
Day 4: Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Day 5: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Day 6: At Sea
Day 7: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 8: Port Canaveral, Florida

2022 Disney Fantasy 7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral: 2/26

Day 1: Port Canaveral, Florida
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: At Sea
Day 4: Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Day 5: St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Day 6: At Sea
Day 7: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 8: Port Canaveral, Florida

The Bahamas

You can enjoy the laid-back island life on a 3-, 4-, 5-, or 6-night Bahamian getaway from Port Canaveral, Miami, Galveston, Texas or New Orleans. Select itineraries will whisk you off to a variety of idyllic destinations, including Nassau, Key West, or Disney Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island paradise.

2022 Disney Dream 3-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral: 1/7, 2/4, 3/4, 4/1

Day 1: Port Canaveral, Florida
Day 2: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 3: At Sea
Day 4: Port Canaveral, Florida

2022 Disney Dream 3-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral: 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29

Day 1: Port Canaveral, Florida
Day 2: Nassau, The Bahamas
Day 3: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 4: Port Canaveral, Florida

2022 Disney Magic 3-Night Bahamian Cruise from Miami: 5/5

Day 1: Miami, Florida
Day 2: Key West, Florida
Day 3: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 4: Miami, Florida

2022 Disney Dream 4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral: 1/3, 1/17, 1/31, 2/28, 3/14, 3/28, 4/11, 4/25

Day 1: Port Canaveral, Florida
Day 2: Nassau, The Bahamas
Day 3: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 4: At Sea
Day 5: Port Canaveral, Florida

2022 Disney Dream 4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral: 1/10, 2/7

Day 1: Port Canaveral, Florida
Day 2: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 3: Nassau, The Bahamas
Day 4: At Sea
Day 5: Port Canaveral, Florida

2022 Disney Magic 4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Miami: 1/13, 1/27, 2/10, 3/10, 3/24, 4/7, 4/21

Day 1: Miami, Florida
Day 2: Nassau, The Bahamas
Day 3: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 4: At Sea
Day 5: Miami, Florida

2022 Disney Dream 4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral: 1/24, 2/14, 2/21, 3/21, 4/4, 4/18

Day 1: Port Canaveral, Florida
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Nassau, The Bahamas
Day 4: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 5: Port Canaveral, Florida

2022 Disney Magic 4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Miami: 2/24

Day 1: Miami, Florida
Day 2: Key West, Florida
Day 3: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 4: At Sea
Day 5: Miami, Florida

2022 Disney Dream 4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral with 2 Stops at Disney Castaway Cay: 3/7

Day 1: Port Canaveral, Florida
Day 2: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 3: At Sea
Day 4: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 5: Port Canaveral, Florida

2022 Disney Magic 5-Night Bahamian Cruise from Miami: 1/3, 1/17, 1/31, 2/19, 2/28, 3/14, 4/11, 4/25

Day 1: Miami, Florida
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Key West, Florida
Day 4: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 5: Nassau, The Bahamas
Day 6: Miami, Florida

2022 Disney Magic 5-Night Bahamian Cruise from Miami: 4/16

Day 1: Miami, Florida
Day 2: Key West, Florida
Day 3: At Sea
Day 4: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 5: Nassau, The Bahamas
Day 6: Miami, Florida

2022 Disney Wonder 6-Night Bahamian Cruise from Galveston: 1/14

Day 1: Galveston, Texas
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Key West, Florida
Day 4: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 5: At Sea
Day 6: At Sea
Day 7: Galveston, Texas

2022 Disney Wonder 6-Night Bahamian Cruise from New Orleans: 2/18

Day 1: New Orleans, Louisiana
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Key West, Florida
Day 4: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 5: At Sea
Day 6: At Sea
Day 7: New Orleans, Louisiana

Baja

Pack your sense of adventure on 2-, 4- or 5-night cruises from San Diego to the stunning Mexican beach towns. Stops along the way may include Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada in Mexico and Catalina Island in California give you the chance to bask on beautiful beaches, fish, surf or simply savor the tasty local cuisine.

2022 Disney Wonder 2-Night Baja Cruise from San Diego: 3/18

Day 1: San Diego, California
Day 2: Ensenada, Mexico
Day 3: San Diego, California

2022 Disney Wonder 4-Night Baja Cruise from San Diego: 3/30

Day 1: San Diego, California
Day 2: Catalina, California
Day 3: Ensenada, Mexico
Day 4: At Sea
Day 5: San Diego, California

2022 Disney Wonder 4-Night Baja Cruise from San Diego: 4/13, 4/17

Day 1: San Diego, California
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Day 4: At Sea
Day 5: San Diego, California

2022 Disney Wonder 5-Night Baja Cruise from San Diego: 3/20, 3/25, 4/3, 4/8

Day 1: San Diego, California
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Day 4: At Sea
Day 5: Ensenada, Mexico
Day 6: San Diego, California

Pacific Coast

You can take in the sights and sounds of California in San Diego and San Francisco before making your way to Canada on this 5-night sailing that includes 2 fun-filled days at sea. You’ll also encounter an exciting blend of outdoor and cosmopolitan adventures in the maritime cities of Victoria and Vancouver.

2022 Disney Wonder 5-Night Pacific Coast Cruise from San Diego ending in Vancouver: 4/21

Day 1: San Diego, California
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: San Francisco, California
Day 4: At Sea
Day 5: Victoria (British Columbia), Canada
Day 6: Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada

Panama Canal

Explore the historic districts of “The Big Easy” before setting off on a glorious, 14-night adventure to sunny San Diego. Drop anchor in Cartagena, Grand Cayman and 3 Mexican ports of call—plus pass through the famous Panama Canal, an engineering marvel connecting the Atlantic to the Pacific.

2022 Disney Wonder 14-Night Westbound Panama Canal Cruise from New Orleans ending in San Diego: 3/4

Day 1: New Orleans, Louisiana
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Cozumel, Mexico
Day 4: George Town, Grand Cayman
Day 5: At Sea
Day 6: Cartagena, Colombia
Day 7: Panama Canal
Day 8: At Sea
Day 9: At Sea
Day 10: At Sea
Day 11: At Sea
Day 12: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Day 13: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Day 14: At Sea
Day 15: San Diego, California

Hawaii

You’ll have the chance to return to the sunny shores of Hawai’i with two 10-night sailings aboard the Disney Wonder. Explore lush tropical gardens and waterfalls, discover the extraordinary jewels of the tropics and experience the aloha spirit on scenic voyages that whisk you to the glorious islands of Hawai’i. Navigate the scenic blue waters of the Pacific Ocean as you explore exotic ports of call that include Nawiliwili, Kahului and Honolulu—and enjoy 5 fun-filled days at sea, where Broadway-style entertainment, Disney themed dining and fabulous family activities await.

2022 Disney Wonder 10-Night Hawaiian Cruise from Vancouver ending in Honolulu: 4/26

Day 1: Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: At Sea
Day 4: At Sea
Day 5: At Sea
Day 6: At Sea
Day 7: Nawiliwili, Hawai’i
Day 8: Nawiliwili, Hawai’i
Day 9: Kahului, Hawai’i
Day 10: Honolulu, Hawai’i
Day 11: Honolulu, Hawai’i

2022 Disney Wonder 10-Night Hawaiian Cruise from Honolulu ending in Vancouver: 5/6

Day 1: Honolulu, Hawai’i
Day 2: Kahului, Hawai’i
Day 3: Hilo, Hawai’i
Day 4: Nawiliwili, Hawai’i
Day 5: Nawiliwili, Hawai’i
Day 6: At Sea
Day 7: At Sea
Day 8: At Sea
Day 9: At Sea
Day 10: At Sea
Day 11: Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada

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Top 30 Places to Visit on Oahu During your Hawaii Vacation

places to visit on Oahu

A Hawaii vacation is on so many people’s bucket lists! From gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, world class beaches, and a rich culture and history, it isn’t hard to see why. Oahu is the most populous of the Hawaiian islands and truly offers something for visitors of all ages. Today, we wanted to share with you 30 places to visit on Oahu during your Hawaii vacation.

Honolulu

Waikiki Beach

Located on the south shore of Honolulu, the world-famous Waikiki Beach offers a sandy beach full of coral and seashells along with calm waters, which are perfect for a surfing lesson. High-end boutiques, shops, and restaurants are just steps away. After the Waikiki sunset, the fun continues with amazing nightlife and live music. Don’t miss the photo op with the Duke Kahanamoku Statue, either.

Diamond Head State Monument

Diamond Head (Lē‘ahi) sits prominently near the eastern edge of Waikiki’s coastline and is arguably Hawaii’s most recognized landmark. Diamond Head State Monument offers an historic hiking trail, stunning coastal views, and military history. It is open from 6 am to 6 pm daily, including holidays. The last entrance to hike is at 4:30pm. Gates lock at 6:00pm daily.

Honolulu Zoo

The Honolulu Zoo is 42 acres and home to 905 different animals from the tropics. Komodo Dragons, orangutans, elephants, primates, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and a variety of African animals can be seen daily. The Honolulu Zoo is the only zoo in the United States that originated in a King’s grant of royal lands. The Honolulu Zoo is open 9:00 am to 4:30 pm daily, day except Christmas Day.

places to visit on Oahu

International Marketplace

Just steps away from Waikiki Beach, you can visit the International Marketplace. Here, you’ll find over 80 stores in addition to Waikīkī’s largest collection of restaurants on their open-air Grand Lānai. With extraordinary eateries from award-winning chefs like Michael Mina and Roy Yamaguchi, the next chapter in your culinary journey is just around the corner. Bring your appetite and let your culinary story unfold.

Waikiki Aquarium

Located on a live coral reef, the Waikiki Aquarium is home to 460 species of marine life with a creature count of over 3,000. You’ll find fish, sharks, and the only chambered nautilus born in captivity, among others. The Waikīkī Aquarium is the second-oldest public aquarium in the United States. The Aquarium is open every day, except Christmas and New Year’s Day, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ala Moana Center

The refreshing Hawaiian wind blows through Ala Moana Center, the world’s largest open-air shopping center. There are more than 350 shops and restaurants to explore, including four department stores, first-class boutiques and over 160 dining options. The center’s retailers specialize in everything from casual wear to unique Hawaii surf gear, Aloha shirts, swimsuits and much more. Join us for a shopping excursion in paradise, and don’t forget to enjoy the hula and ukulele performances.

Manoa Falls

The Manoa Falls trail is a 1.6 mile well maintained path through the rainforest, ending at a stunning water fall. The beginning of the trail crosses over a footbridge and then crosses a small stream through a grove of Eucalyptus trees. The trail gradually ascends through a lush rainforest ending at a viewing area set back from the base of the falls. There is a low rock wall and suspended cable with signs indicating the danger of landslide and instructing hikers to not go beyond that point. The trail ends at a graveled viewing area from which the public may view the waterfall and pool. Because of its location and its relatively easy terrain and short length, Manoa Falls Trail is one of the most popular hikes on Oahu.

Hawaii State Art Museum

The Hawai‘i State Art Museum (HiSAM) has some of the best contemporary art from across the state of Hawaiʻi. The museum cafe, Artizen by MW, is open for breakfast and lunch Monday – Friday. The museum shop, HiSAM Museum Gallery Shop x MORI, features artwork and gift items made by local artists and artisans. HiSAM is a venue for the Art in Public Places Program of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. Most of the collection is on display in public buildings, including libraries, schools, and state offices. Artworks in the collection are primarily contemporary works by artists with a connection to Hawai‘i. Admission is always free. The museum is open Monday – Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm, and with extended hours on the first Friday of each month from 6 to 9 pm.The museum is closed on Sunday and on state and federal holidays.

Bishop Museum

Honolulu’s Bishop Museum is Hawaii’s largest museum dedicated to studying and preserving the history of Hawaii and the Pacific. Originally designed to house the extensive collection of Hawaiian artifacts and royal family heirlooms of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, a descendant of King Kamehameha I, the museum is now the premier natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific. One of Oahu’s most historic places, the museum holds millions of artifacts, documents and photos about Hawaii and other Polynesian cultures. The museum is open seven days a week (excluding some holidays) with regular hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

places to visit on Oahu

Honolulu Museum of Art

The Honolulu Museum of Art’s evolving collection comprises more than 50,000 works that span from the Bronze Age to the present. From free custom tours to a detailed gallery guide, the Honolulu Museum of Art has all the tools to help you get the most out of your visit.

Lyon Arboretum

Lyon Arboretum is part of the University of Hawaiʻi and a public botanical garden. Nestled in the back of Mānoa Valley, this nearly 200-acre tropical rainforest is just five miles from the bustle of Waikiki. Lyon Arboretum has over seven miles of hiking trails and boasts more than 6,000 taxa of tropical and sub-tropical plants on our nearly 200 acres. Lyon Arboretum is open to the public Mondays – Fridays, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm and Saturdays, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. They are closed Sundays and for state and federal holidays.

Iolani Palace

‘Iolani Palace in downtown Honolulu on the Island of Oahu is the only royal palace in the United States and is an enduring symbol of Hawaiian independence. It was the official residence and capitol of the last ruling monarchs of the Kingdom of Hawai’i – King Kalakaua and his sister Queen Lili’uokalani. After the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawai’i in 1893, the building was used as the capitol for the various Hawaiian governments.

Queen Emma Summer Palace

Hānaiakamalama (The Southern Cross), or Queen Emma Summer Palace, served as a summer retreat for Queen Emma of Hawaii from 1857 to 1885, as well as for her husband King Kamehameha IV, and their son, Prince Albert Edward. It is a now a historic landmark, museum, and tourist site preserved by the Daughters of Hawai‘i. Queen Emma Summer Palace was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. The Palace is open seven days a week and offers guided tours for a fee.

Punchbowl Crater

The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, located in the Punchbowl Crater, is a beautiful place to visit if you want to honor and pay your respects to more than 25,000 veterans who fought throughout of the nation’s conflicts. This 112-acre cemetery, which was built in the basin of an extinct volcanic tuff cone. The creation of this natural “punchbowl” dates back almost 100,000 years and is the result of an infusion of molten hot lava erupting through cracks within the area’s old coral reefs.

North Shore

places to visit on Oahu

Laniakea Beach (also known as Turtle Beach)

There are actually a few beaches along the North Shore of Hawaii where you can often find green sea turtles. We personally enjoy Laniakea Beach. It’s not too far from Haleiwa and is a reasonable drive, especially if there is a lot of traffic on Kamehameha Highway. If you have more time, you can drive further north to Turtle Beach, Waimea Bay, or Pupukea Beach. Please, do remember to keep your distance though and do not to touch the turtles.

Haleiwa

Haleiwa is a beautiful little beach town. There are a number of shops and restaurants within walking distance where you can find fun and authentic souvenirs. You can also find a great variety of food trucks, home of the infamous Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck . We don’t think any trip to Haleiwa is complete without a stop at Matsumoto Shave Ice.

Banzai Pipeline

The Banzai Pipeline is in Pupukea. It is known to offer some of the best waves for surfing in the world. Many of the world’s biggest surfing competitions are held here including the Billabong Pipe Masters and Volcom Pipe Pro, among others. The waves are largest in the winter, but the sights are beautiful year round.

Waimea Valley

Located on Wamiea Valley Road, across from Waimea Bay, this beautiful treasure is rich in Hawaiian history and cultural sites, nestled in a stunning botanical garden. Experience more than 5,000 botanicals along a paved path to the 45-foot waterfall. Along the way there are cultural practitioners and artisans sharing various native Hawaiian practices. Waimea Valley is a lush 1,875 acre privately owned property and a non-profit organization. Open daily 9am to 5pm from September to May and 9am to 5:30pm in the summer.

Polynesian Cultural Center

The Polynesian Cultural Center, Hawaii’s #1 visitor attraction, has 6 island villages representing the unique island cultures of Hawaii, Fiji, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Samoa, Tahiti, and Tonga. Set on 42 acres along Oahu’s North Shore, the Polynesian Cultural Center has a lagoon that hosts daily canoe tours and an exciting cultural Canoe Pageant. Their award-winning Ali’i Luau takes guests on a journey to learn about Hawaii’s royalty while enjoying traditional Polynesian food and entertainment. You can also enjoy an immersive cinema presentation “Hawaiian Journey”, a tribute to the splendors of Hawaii. Visit the Hukilau Marketplace to shop for various Hawaiian and island-themed centered handiworks, clothing, jewelry, and treats. End your day by attending the “Ha: Breath of Life” show, featuring over 100 performers and the thrill of Samoan fireknife dancing. The Polynesian Cultural Center is open Monday through Saturday from 11:45a – 9:30p. Packages start at $64.95.

places to visit on Oahu

Dole Plantation

Originally operated as a fruit stand beginning in 1950, Dole Plantation opened to the public as Hawaii’s “Pineapple Experience” in 1989. Dole Plantation provides enjoyable activities for the entire family, including the Pineapple Express Train Tour, the Plantation Garden Tour, and the Pineapple Garden Maze. Also popular are informational displays and presentations, as well as their plantation country store offering a wide variety of Dole Plantation gifts, local favorites, foods and refreshments including the world-famous DoleWhip®. And, before you leave you can purchase fresh pineapple to take home.

Windward Coast

Hanauma Bay

Formed within a volcanic cone, Hanauma Bay offers a pristine marine ecosystem and was even voted the Best Beach in the United States for 2016. A marine education center requires first-time visitors to watch a 9 minute video before entering the park so they can learn about the marine life, preservation and safety rules for the park. All visitors are required by law to refrain from mistreating the marine animals and from touching or walking on the coral. Hanauma Bay is closed every Tuesday so that the fish and bay have 1 day of undisturbed rest. Hanauma Bay entrance opens at 6am and closes at 6pm daily.

Kualoa Ranch

Kualoa Ranch Private Nature Reserve is home to 4,000 acres of natural beauty. You can enjoy a variety of adventures here including ATV tours, kayaking, horseback riding, trolley tours, and so much more. Visit Ka’a’awa Valley, known as Hollywood’s “Hawaii Backlot,” to see where over 50 of Hollywood’s biggest blockbuster movies and TV shows were filmed.

Byodo-In Temple

The Byodo-In Temple is located at the foot of the Ko’olau Mountains in the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. The resting place for many of Hawaii’s departed, Valley of the Temples’ hilly landscape is scattered with hundreds of freshly placed tropical flowers to remember loved ones. The Byodo-In Temple is scale replica of a temple in Uji Japan and made entirely without nails. The Temple Grounds are open 8:30am – 5:00pm daily. Last entrance to Temple Grounds is 4:45pm.

Koko Crater Trail

Stretched across nearly 2 miles of Koko Crater in the Windward Coast region of Oahu, this hiking trail features more than 1,000 steps made from abandoned railroad ties. It is quite steep and a rather difficult climb for kids or beginners. At the trail’s summit, visitors will find panoramic vistas of Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and Diamond Head State Monument. Plant collections occupy sixty acres of the inner slopes and basin of this 200-acre crater.  

places to visit on Oahu

Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail

The Makapu‘u Point trail, within Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline, offers outstanding views of O‘ahu’s southeastern coastline, including Koko Head and Koko Crater. From the trail’s destination at Makapu‘u Head, one is rewarded with magnificent views of the windward coast and offshore islets, as well as the historic red-roofed Makapu‘u Lighthouse built in 1909, which makes a stunning picture against the deep blue sea below (the lighthouse itself is off-limits). On a clear day, you may even see Moloka‘i and Lana‘i. The offshore islets are wildlife sanctuaries for Hawaiian seabirds, such as the ‘iwa, frigate bird, and tropicbird. This trail is an excellent place to view migrating humpback whales in season (November – May). Binoculars are suggested for viewing the whales and seabirds. An interpretive sign and viewing scope along the trail help you view and identify the whales seen from this location.

Sea Life Park

Sea Life Park is Hawaii’s #1 marine life and wild animal park, offering fun and educational animal experiences for the entire family. With a focus on education and conservation, our shows, exhibits and interactive programs offer thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime up-close encounters, like swimming with dolphins, sharks, and more! There are educational activities and field trips, great family dining options, many special events including the nightly Ka Moana Lū‘au, and of course, the best place to swim with dolphins in Oahu. Whether you’re seeking a hands-on experience, or you prefer to enjoy the excitement from a distance, Sea Life Park will show you where the heart meets the sea.

Lanikai Beach

Lanikai, or “heavenly sea” in Hawaiian, Beach is known for clear turquoise water, a powdery white sand beach, and balmy breezes. It is a particularly good swimming beach. Lanikai Beach offers a picturesque setting, with palm trees lining the backshore and the nearby twin islands of Mokumanu and Mokulua offshore.

Kailua Beach

Kailua Beach allows visitors to rent a kayak, rent a guide, or rent equipment for windsurfing, kitesurfing, boogie boarding or snorkeling. The Kalapawai Market, a vintage beachfront grocery, stocks everything anyone needs for a picnic. This is a beach made for a day trip—and then another one. Kailua Bay’s protective reef allows for safe kayaking and the opportunity to paddle to Mokulua Islands, a bird sanctuary located on a pair of tiny islands with a small beach. You’ll paddle through calm waters with coral reefs and large sea turtles for company. There are generally no significantly hazardous ocean or beach conditions at Kailua Beach, except the occasional presence of Portuguese man-of-war.

Leeward Coast

Pearl Harbor National Memorial

At the Pearl Harbor National Memorial, you can learn about one of the most pivotal moments in US history: the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the subsequent entry of the United States into World War II. You can visit the USS Arizona Memorial, the USS Battleship Missouri Memorial, the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center is open seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, except Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1. The visitor center is free and no tickets are required to see the museums and grounds.

Wet’n’Wild Hawaii

Wet’n’Wild Hawaii is one of Oahu’s top 10 most visited family attractions and has been voted Best of Honolulu Magazine’s “Best Family Attraction.” Located in Kapolei, Oahu’s “Second City”, the park features more than 25 exhilarating attractions. Nestled on 29-acres in lush tropical landscaping and natural cliffs, you will find a different adventure in each corner ideal for families and thrill seekers alike.

Where are your favorite places to visit on Oahu? Did we miss any?

Looking for a little taste of the islands at home? Try this egg white vegetable frittata recipe from Aulani!

Egg White Vegetable Frittata Recipe from Aulani with Macadamia Nut Pesto

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Mornings at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, are wonderful, especially because of the abundance of delicious breakfast options. You can choose to indulge in a fantastic breakfast buffet at Makahiki, dine on classics and island specialities at ‘AMA‘AMA, or just pick up light breakfast items from Ulu Cafe. You can even have breakfast delivered to your hotel room through room service!

Aulani’s talented chefs created an island-inspired frittata with egg whites and vegetables, topped with a homemade macadamia nut pesto and cheese and it is delicious! Check out the cooking demo video and full recipe for the egg white vegetable frittata recipe from Aulani below. Enjoy!

Egg White Vegetable Frittata Recipe from Aulani with Macadamia Nut Pesto
Serves 4

MACADAMIA NUT PESTO
1 cup tightly packed basil leaves
3 tbsp. grated parmesan cheese
1 tbsp. chopped macadamia nuts
2 cloves garlic
6 tbsp. olive oil
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste

EGG WHITE FRITTATA
1 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. olive oil
1/4 cup diced eggplant
1/4 cup diced onion
1/4 cup diced mushroom
1/4 cup diced zucchini
1/4 cup diced artichoke heart
1/4 cup diced tomato
16 egg whites
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup goat cheese
1/2 cup basil pesto

FOR MACADAMIA NUT PESTO:

  1. Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until smooth.
  2. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

FOR EGG WHITE FRITTATA:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease four (8-ounce) individual casserole dishes with butter. Set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a medium sauté pan for 5 minutes, until hot.
  3. Sauté eggplant in the oil for 2 minutes. Add onion and cook for 3 minutes, until it begins to soften.
  4. Add mushrooms, zucchini, artichoke heart, and tomato and sauté for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  5. Place 4 egg whites in each casserole dish. Add 1/4 of the vegetables to each dish.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, until eggs are set.
  7. Top each frittata with 1/4 cup of mozzarella, 1 tablespoon of goat cheese, and 2 tablespoons of pesto. Bake for 3-5 minutes, until cheese begins to brown.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Call her at 734-771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationsinflorida.com for your free, no obligation quote. 

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Free at Sea Offers Free Airfare to Hawaii and More

Have you always wanted to visit Hawaii, but thought it was too expensive to get there? Now is the time to book a cruise to Hawai’i! Norwegian’s Free at Sea promotion now lets you choose up to 6 fantastic, FREE offers! Book a Studio or Inside stateroom and choose 1 free offer or choose 3 free offers when you book an Oceanview, Balcony or Mini-Suite. Best of all, cruise in a Suite and enjoy all six free offers.

Norwegian’s Free at Sea Promotion

Choose up to 6 FREE offers:

  • FREE unlimited beverage package
  • FREE shore excursion credits
  • FREE specialty dining
  • FREE WiFi
  • Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail FREE
  • FREE or reduced roundtrip airfare on select sailings

Norwegian Cruise Line offers you seven days, four islands and two overnight stays in Hawai’i. You’ll visit O’ahu, Maui, Kaua’i and the Big Island of Hawai’i, giving you plenty of time ashore. Yes, Hawai’i is a paradise of cascading waterfalls and jewel-toned beaches. It also has some of the world’s most beautiful golf courses and Norwegian’s shore excursions can take you there. Back on board, you can dine, dance, swim, get a massage and wake up every morning to a new view. Take the cruise voted the “Best Hawai’i Itinerary” by the readers of Porthole Magazine and discover Freestyle Cruising with Norwegian.

What are you waiting for? Take advantage of Norwegian Cruise Line’s Free at Sea promotion and start planning your Hawaiian adventure today! Call Siera at 734-771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationstoexplore.com for more information or your free, no obligation quote.

New Kakamora Chaos with Moana Experience at Aulani, a Disney Resort in Hawaii

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Moana’s travels take her to many exciting destinations – and one of her favorites is Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. Starting today, guests can visit with the Disney heroine during a new premium experience!

During “Kakamora Chaos with Moana” at Aunty’s Beach House, Moana is eager to learn more about her new friends, especially the games they play. During the interactive 90-minute experience, young guests will learn to play children’s games from Hawai‘i, as well as a game from Moana’s home island of Motunui: the Kakamora Relay!*

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There are other fun ways to see Moana during her visits to Aulani Resort. Guests can join Moana and Aulani Resort’s beloved storyteller “Uncle” as they share the importance of the canoe—or wa‘a—during Kahakai Canoe Racing. The interactive activity concludes after building a canoe model and racing in the lagoon!

In the evenings, resort guests may choose to wind down around the fire pit as Moana and Uncle recount tales of adventure during Mo‘olelo Firepit Storytelling. Guests attending the the resort’s KA WA‘A lū‘au will also be delighted when Moana makes a special appearance during the lively pre-show, which pays homage to the incredible journey the Hawaiian people made across the ocean.

*Advance reservations for Kakamora Chaos with Moana are strongly recommended. Please call the Reservation Center at (808) 674-6200. This premium experience is available at an additional charge.

(Thanks Disney Parks Blog)

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Special Activities for Halloween 2017 at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa in Hawaii

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If you’re heading to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa this month, there is an exciting lineup of special entertainment and activities for you to celebrate Halloween 2017 at Aulani, Disney’s Hawaiian resort. Here are a few not-to-miss experiences in October:

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October 24-25, 2017

  • ‘Ohana Pumpkin Carving Contest: Families are invited to choose their pumpkin and carve their unique creations. Sculpted “monster-pieces” will be placed on display in the Pau Hana Community Hall for resort guests to view and cast their votes. Winners and prizes will be awarded during ‘Ohana Movie Night on Oct. 26. TIP: Reservations are encouraged for this premium activity. Call ahead to reserve your pumpkin!

October 29-30, 2017

  • Keiki Pumpkin Decorating: Little ones can pick their own mini pumpkins from our Pau Hana Pumpkin Patch. Our team will supply crafting tools for no-carve decorating.

October 31, 2017

  • Halloween Aloha-Style Dance Party: The Halawai Lawn will transform into a spooky-fun dance party on Halloween evening. Come dressed up for craft activities, games, face painting and of course, dancing with Disney friends!
  • Aulani Resort Trick-or-Treating: Guests staying at Aulani Resort for the night can trick-or-treat at locations throughout the resort. “Treasure” maps can be picked up at the Hālāwai Lawn before heading out!

Throughout the month of October, look out for your favorite Disney pals in their Halloween costumes. And on select evenings during ‘Ohana Movie Nights, family-friendly Halloween films will be screened on the Halawai Lawn.

Be sure to check the Daily ‘Iwa for more details on our Halloween activities!

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Call her at 734-771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationsinflorida.com for your free, no obligation quote. 

Enjoy Authentic Hawaiian Arts and Crafts at Aulani’s Ka Wa’a Luau

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One of my favorite parts of KA WA‘A lu‘au at Aulani Resort actually happens before the show. When guests arrive for the luau, they will be greeted by hosts and hostesses with a special lei. Then, guests will be encouraged to mingle around the resort’s Halawai Lawn as live music and performers set the tone for the evening. Also available during this time are various traditional arts and crafts at Aulani’s Ka Wa’a luau for guests to not only observe, but also participate.

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Be sure to check out the following Hawaiian arts and crafts at Aulani’s Ka Wa’a Luau:

Na Pua U‘i (The Pretty Flowers): You’ll learn the traditional art of stringing lei (or flower garlands) together, creating your very own to adorn your neck or wrist. Or, you can present the lei as a special token of aloha to a loved one.

Pa‘i ‘Ai (Pounded Taro): After observing the traditional mashing of cooked taro into a thick paste called pa‘i ‘ai, join in and experience the effort it takes to make poi the traditional way.

Kapala (Printing): Intricately carved bamboo stamps called ‘ohe kapala were traditionally used to decorate and embellish fine kapa (bark cloth). Create your own keepsake on a card using stamps inspired by traditional patterns of nature.

Kakau (Tattooing): Pick a kakau design and have a local artisan draw by hand on your arms, legs or even face! You’ll experience a contemporary take on the painstaking age-old practice of a traditional body art.

KA WA‘A lu‘au is offered on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings at Aulani Resort. What activities are you looking forward to experiencing?

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Call her at 734-771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationsinflorida.com for your free, no obligation quote. 

Disney Recognized by Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards

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Disney Recognized by Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards

Disney recently announced that Disney Parks & Resorts have once again been named among the top destinations around the world to stay and play in the 29th annual Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. These awards celebrate the best of the best in travel according to travelers just like you.

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  • Walt Disney World Resort:
    • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
    • Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
    • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
    • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
    • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
    • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
    • Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts
    • Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
  • Disneyland Resort:
    • Disneyland Hotel
    • Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
  • Disney Vacation Club:
    • Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort
  • Disney Cruise Line
  • Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

Creating unforgettable vacation experiences for our guests is only made possible by the commitment of Disney’s cast and crew, and this recognition is a testament to their excellence in maintaining quality standards and innovating the guest experience.

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To date, Disney Parks & Resorts around the world have been recognized more than 60 times by Condé Nast Traveler. It is awards like these that inspire Disney to work harder to continue living up to even higher guest expectations.

This story originally appeared on the Disney Parks Blog.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Call her at 734-771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationsinflorida.com for your free, no obligation quote. 

Don’t Miss Out on Halloween Activities at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa in Hawaii

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Don’t Miss Out on Halloween Activities at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa in Hawaii

If you’re heading to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, this month, Disney has a few tricks (and treats) up their sleeves for guests to celebrate the Halloween season at this incredibly family-friendly Hawaiian resort.

Some of your favorite Disney friends can be found dressed in their Halloween-best costumes throughout the resort! There is also an exciting lineup of special entertainment and activities leading up to our annual trick-or-treating event on Halloween night. Here are a few highlights to check out:

‘Ohana Pumpkin Carving Contest: For guests looking to show off their pumpkin-carving skills, families are invited to take part in our ‘Ohana Pumpkin Carving Contest. After picking the perfect gourd, you will be provided with tools to carve your unique creations. Sculpted masterpieces will be placed on display in the Pau Hana Community Hall for resort guests to view and cast their votes! (October 25 and 26)

*Premium Experience at additional charge. Advance reservations strongly recommended.

Halloween—Aloha Style—Party: The Halawai Lawn will transform into a frightfully fun party, perfect for the entire family.
 Adults and keiki (kids) are encouraged to dress up for a spirited monster bash of craft activities, game stations, face painting and a lively dance party with Disney friends. (October 27 and 31)

Keiki Pumpkin Decorating: Little ones can pick their own mini pumpkins from the Pau Hana Pumpkin Patch and enjoy no-carve decorating. The team at the Pau Hana Community Hall will supply crafting tools, art supplies and fun! (October 29 and 30)

Hallow“Teen” Pumpkin Sand Sculpting
: Teens can meet up and head to the beach for an afternoon of friendly competition in the sand. It will be a howling good time with new friends and sculpted sand creations! (October 21, 23, 25, 28 and 30)

Be sure to check the Daily ‘Iwa for times and locations of all Halloween activities at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa in Hawaii.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Call her at 734-771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationsinflorida.com for your free, no obligation quote. 

Experience a New Luau at Aulani and Meet Moana Beginning in November

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Experience a New Luau at Aulani and Meet Moana Beginning in November

As Hawaii’s top family beach resort celebrates its 5th anniversary this year, Disney recently announced new guest experiences that will debut later this year at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa! You will have the opportunity to experience a new luau at Aulani and even meet Moana from Disney’s upcoming film “Moana” beginning in November.

Starting in November, KA WA‘A, a luau at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa will bring epicurean dining and imaginative entertainment to guests. Luau guests can feast on a sumptuous, local island buffet, and enjoy lively music and traditional Hawaiian dance, including hula kahiko and modern hula ‘auana. Before the luau, you will have the opportunity to enjoy special pre-show entertainment, family activities, traditional crafts and more.

MOANA is an adventurous, tenacious and compassionate 16-year-old who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. Along the way, she discovers the one thing she's always sought: her own identity. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker ("The Little Mermaid," "Aladdin," "The Princess & the Frog") and featuring newcomer Auli‘i Cravalho as the voice of Moana, Walt Disney Animation Studios' "Moana" sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016. ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

MOANA is an adventurous, tenacious and compassionate 16-year-old who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. Along the way, she discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”) and featuring newcomer Auli‘i Cravalho as the voice of Moana, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016. ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Also in November, Moana, from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ film “Moana,” will arrive at Aulani Resort to meet with guests and recount tales of adventure. The animated feature film is about an adventurous teenager who, with help from demigod Maui, sails out on a canoe for a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and save her people.

Both new experiences are inspired by Hawaii’s deep cultural roots in canoe exploration—a voyage which brought Hawaiian ancestors to the beautiful ‘Ewa Loa plains surrounding Aulani Resort. As you may have seen in Aulani Resort Ambassador Janelle’s post from earlier today, we also debuted a one-sixth model of the Polynesian voyaging canoe—the Hokule‘a—in the Maka‘ala Lobby.

What are you looking forward to on your next vacation to Aulani Resort?

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Call her at 734-771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationsinflorida.com for your free, no obligation quote.