It’s a water theme park. Which is like a theme park with a whole lotta water. And that big thing in the middle is just like a real volcano. ‘Cause you know volcanoes have water slides, the kind that’ll make you chicken out at the last minute unless your friends (or kids) peer pressure you. And if you’re more a go-with-the-flow type, we got chill things like a winding river, wave pool—oh, and lounge chairs. Doesn’t get chiller than that. Remember, it’s a South Seas oasis (and nothing says oasis like a volcano).
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- ARRIVE EARLY! Allow up to a one-hour to commute, scan in, and set up Tapu Tapu. Guests of Cabana Bay Beach Resort should allow at least 30 minutes. Allow this time in addition to Early Park Admission.
- Universal Orlando Resort guests can enjoy Early Park Admittance to Volcano Bay Water Theme Park, allowing entry up to one hour prior to park opening.
- Once you’ve entered the park quickly secure your lockers (additional fee) and your beach chairs. We recommend using lockers by Maku and Puihi, and to secure chairs Teawa The Fearless River. Chairs and lockers both fill very quickly so make this a priority. A good strategy is to divide your party to do both tasks at the same time.
- Prioritize your attractions. When you first enter the park all attractions should say “RIDE NOW,” which indicates little to no wait. This is the time to ride the most popular attractions that will have long wait times once the park fills up. Krakatau Aqua Coaster will be the busiest attraction, even during Early Park Admission hours, so ride this attraction first. Other attractions that can have long wait times are Ko’okiri Body Plunge, Kala & Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides, Ohyah and Ohno Drop Slides, and Honu ika Moana.
- Depending on crowd levels, most of the attractions should read as RIDE NOW first 2 hours (1 hour of early admission and 1 hour of general admission). A good strategy can be to ride Krakatau Aqua Coaster once during RIDE NOW status. Once that changes to a return time tap into Krakatau and then go off to ride other slides that still show RIDE NOW on the kiosks. Even when you’re notified that you can ride Krakatau again you can keep riding everything that says RIDE NOW as there is no time limit to return ot the slide reserved on your Tapu Tapu.
- Even if you’re staying off-site, you can still go to the park an hour before Early Park Admission and get scanned in and set up with Tapu Tapu. You’ll be asked to wait in a holding area before you are granted entrance to the park. You can relax or shop since you’re already scanned in and you won’t need to go through the gates when General Admission begins.
- Eat an early lunch, as the crowds can cause long lines during peak lunch hours.
- Universal offers a “skip the line” system called Universal Express Pass and Universal Express PLUS Pass: Volcano Bay. The Universal Express Pass entitles one (1) guest one (1) time express ride access at SELECT participating rides and attractions within Universal’s Volcano Bay. The Universal Express PLUS Pass entitles one (1) guest one (1) time express ride access at ALL participating rides and attractions within Universal’s Volcano Bay. Express ride access at Universal’s Volcano Bay allows the guest to experience a shorter total wait time by entering an attraction without using the Virtual Line.
Krakatau Aqua Coaster – Honorary Waturi can experience the power of Krakatau on this amazing ride. Four-person canoes slide upward through the mists and into the dark twists and turns within the volcano before emerging with a plunge through a shimmering waterfall.
Punga Racers – A favorite among Waturi children, Punga Racers send single riders on a body slide down four lanes through underwater sea caves. Among Waturi children, one of the best loved legendary heroes is Punga, the playful son of Tangaroa, god of the sea and Mahuika, goddess of fire.
Honu of the Honu ika Moana – Just like the ancient Waturi people who rode the ocean waves on friendly sea turtles, you can enjoy this twisting, turning, multi-person slide. On Honu, you can surf the underwater currents on a five-passenger raft, speeding through an open flume, then streaking along two massive walls.
ika Moana of the Honu ika Moana – Just like the ancient Waturi people who rode the ocean waves on friendly whales, you can enjoy this twisting, turning, multi-person slide. ika Moana lets you go with the flow as you glide along on a five-passenger raft.
Ohno of Ohyah and Ohno Drop Slides – Make the climb to cross a deep chasm, brave the rope bridge and take the plunge down a serpentine adventure that ends six feet above the awaiting pool. Be sure to yell your battle cry of “Ohno” as you fly along the twists and turns, soar out into space and splash triumphantly into turquoise blue waters at the base of Krakatau.
Ohyah of Ohyah and Ohno Drop Slides – Ascend the side of a cliff before plummeting down these twisting waters and getting dropped out four feet above a swirling pool. You may find yourself unleashing the defiant battle cry of “Ohyah” as you fly out toward the sparkling waters below.
Raki of the Taniwha Tubes – There’s a place where the puka trees grow abnormally tall, with strange snakelike trunks. Inspired by their twisting roots, the Waturi built these two twisting blue water slides. Riders can try both tracks, but beware—mischievous tiki statues spray jets of water when you least expect it.
Runamukka Reef – Once an exotic coral reef beneath the ocean, Runamukka Reef is now a favorite play place for young Waturi children with its bubbling geysers, water guns, slides and dump cups. Shaded by fanciful bamboo sea creatures and waving seaweed, this whimsical play structure is the most playful spot in Universal’s Volcano Bay.
Kopiko Wai Winding River – Take a slow ride on the Kopiko Wai Winding River through the tropical landscape of Universal’s Volcano Bay, a land full of surprises. Sprays of water surprise along the way, and beneath the lava rocks, Stargazer’s Cavern reveals the magical night sky above.
Tot Tiki Reef – Even the youngest Waturi can get in on the fun in the shallows of Tot Tiki Reef. Play among splashy slides, a tot-sized water volcano, a family of friendly tikis with spraying fountains, and adorable singing whales.
Kala & Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides – Join Kala and Tai Nui where sea and sky meet and take a leap of faith from high atop the volcano. Twin trap doors plunge two guests down intertwining tubes before sending them joyfully splashing into the turquoise waters below.
Maku of the Maku Puihi Round Raft Rides – Enter the dramatic lava-tube path on this six-person raft ride. Maku slides at high speeds through a volcanic gorge before spinning around bowl-like formations. When a geyser blasts, you’re sucked into a watery vortex and deposited into a calm pool at the canyon’s end.
Puihi of the Maku Puihi Round Raft Rides – This multi-person rafting ride will get your heart pumping. Enter the dramatic lava-tube path and test your bravery on Puihi, where you careen through a dark, winding cavern. Suddenly, you feel the stomach-flipping thrill of zero-gravity hang time as you explode out into the far side of an immense funnel, then splash your way to safety at the bottom.
Tonga of the Taniwha Tubes – The serpentine trunks of the tallest puka trees seem to link earth to sky. The Waturi sought to mirror their coiling path when they built these two curving green water slides. You can take on both tracks, but watch out for the playful tiki statues that surprise you with sprays of water.
Puka Uli Lagoon – This relaxing leisure pool features playful elements that even the tiniest Waturi can enjoy, like tropical bongo drums and spraying jets of water. Set beside the splash pool for the Ohyah & Ohno Body Slides, you’ll have a great view of all the fun as riders splash down from above.
TeAwa The Fearless River – Head to Hammerhead Beach and take a thrilling whitewater ride through the heart of the volcano and down a run in Rainforest Village. Put on your life vest and race along a roaring, watery onslaught of churning rapids and chopping waves.
Ko’okiri Body Plunge – Join in the centuries-old tradition of honoring the volcano god, Vol, by braving the incredible Ko’okiri Body Plunge. Featuring a 70-degree fall through a drop door and 125 feet of white-knuckle fun, this dizzying descent ends with a watery tribute from Vol himself.
Waturi Beach – Locals know that the waves are always perfect at Waturi Beach, where lapping surf overlooks the picturesque Wave Village. Take in unforgettable view of Krakatau, the mighty volcano and its stunning series of waterfalls that pour into the sparkling lagoon. Swim, splash and relax right along with the locals amid the breathtaking view and warm waves.
The Reef – Watch the bravest Waturi take the Ko’okiri Body Plunge from the comfort of this peaceful leisure pool. A clear plexi tube shoots straight through the 5.5-foot deep shallows, which feature its own private waterfall perfect for frolicking. It’s the ideal place for leisure lovers in search of an idyllic setting to while away the day.