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Old 10-09-2014, 09:35 AM   #1291
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Thanks for the shots!!! What sunset cruise did you do? How was it?
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Old 10-09-2014, 08:08 PM   #1292
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Thanks for the shots!!! What sunset cruise did you do? How was it?
We did the Ko Olina Coast Sunset Cocktail Cruise and we arranged the excursion through Holoholo Travel & Tours here at Aulani. We had stopped by the Holoholo desk and asked the representative for some general information about tours and excursions that can be arranged by guests staying at Aulani. Also, my sister is planning to visit Aulani in June 2015 and asked me to find out if Aulani offered day trips to the Big Island to see the volcanoes (they do).

Our cruise was an enjoyable two-hour boat ride off the west coast of O'ahu. The tour included transportation from Aulani up the coast to the marina at Waianea. We then boarded a catamaran that sailed up the coast to the northwest point of O'ahu. We had appetizers on board, two free cocktails (actually, we were offered more), plus free sodas and juices. We had a great sunset, then we watched the full moon rise over O'ahu. We also saw spinner dolphins. We'll be posting photos when we get around to doing our trip report. BTW, the cost of the cruise was $79/pp.
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Old 10-09-2014, 09:01 PM   #1293
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Best *quiet* ocean view studio

Hey all,

We are headed to Aulani in 2 weeks for our honeymoon and we're wondering what the best ocean view rooms might be if we're looking for some quiet with our beautiful view. I don't really want to hear the people in lazy river or the slide

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Old 10-09-2014, 09:58 PM   #1294
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Hey all,

We are headed to Aulani in 2 weeks for our honeymoon and we're wondering what the best ocean view rooms might be if we're looking for some quiet with our beautiful view. I don't really want to hear the people in lazy river or the slide

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All the villa facing the Waikolohe Valley will probably be more noisy then you prefer. Thus, you will want to rule out the even-numbered villas in the Waianae Building (xx02-xx12), the Ewa Building Phase 1 (xx50-xx58), and the Long Wing of the Ewa Building Phase 3 (xx70-xx86).

That will leave you with a couple of areas that have Ocean View villas that don't overlook Waikolohe Valley. The even-numbered villas in the Short Wing of the Ewa Building Phase (xx60-xx68) and the odd-numbered villas in the Waianae Building (xx03-xx13). Of these two, the latter is a bit less desirable because the JW Marriott takes up some of the views of the ocean.

There is also a small pocket of Ocean View villas with odd-numbers in the Long Wing of the Ewa Building Phase 3 and their views are somewhat like those in XX60-xx68).

Keep in mind that the Aulani villas have very good sound proofing. We are currently in villa #1154 overlooking Waikolohe Valley and when we close our balcony door it blocks out a lot of the noise from the Valley.
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Old 10-10-2014, 09:28 AM   #1295
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Wow, thank you!!! Sounds super fun!! Was it kid friendly or adults only? Nice to know we can decide on it when we gt there!

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We did the Ko Olina Coast Sunset Cocktail Cruise and we arranged the excursion through Holoholo Travel & Tours here at Aulani. We had stopped by the Holoholo desk and asked the representative for some general information about tours and excursions that can be arranged by guests staying at Aulani. Also, my sister is planning to visit Aulani in June 2015 and asked me to find out if Aulani offered day trips to the Big Island to see the volcanoes (they do).

Our cruise was an enjoyable two-hour boat ride off the west coast of O'ahu. The tour included transportation from Aulani up the coast to the marina at Waianea. We then boarded a catamaran that sailed up the coast to the northwest point of O'ahu. We had appetizers on board, two free cocktails (actually, we were offered more), plus free sodas and juices. We had a great sunset, then we watched the full moon rise over O'ahu. We also saw spinner dolphins. We'll be posting photos when we get around to doing our trip report. BTW, the cost of the cruise was $79/pp.
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Old 10-10-2014, 04:35 PM   #1296
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Just returned today from Aulani. Amazing Awesome Resort BUT.... I wanted to make you aware of our situation on room assignment. I decided NOT to request too much as I have read both negative and positive about doing that so I requested only upper floor. Well I did get that but we reserved a 1 bedroon ocean view and we got Ewa #1283. It definitely should NOT be considered Ocean View in my OP. Room #1281 right next door is an Island View so we paid considerably more points for the Exact same view albeit it was beautiful. Didn't ruin the trip but felt some dissapointment. So my advice is to request more specific what you want. The resort is pure paradise. Look for a trip and tip report soon.
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Old 10-11-2014, 12:39 AM   #1297
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Wow, thank you!!! Sounds super fun!! Was it kid friendly or adults only? Nice to know we can decide on it when we gt there!
There were a couple of kids on our cruise. The catamaran could probably hold 80 or so people but our cruise had only about 25. The Holoholo rep said its "slow" season right now so she didn't think it would be crowded. Its much busier during the holidays and when whales are in the area.
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Old 10-16-2014, 11:26 AM   #1298
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I finally figured out how to post pics. Here are a few of the view from our 2 bedroom dedicated ocean view balcony room 1074, where we stayed in late August, 2014:

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Old 10-16-2014, 11:28 AM   #1299
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Another view from 1074, looking to the right:

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Last view from 1074, looking straight across:

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Old 10-16-2014, 03:29 PM   #1301
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I finally figured out how to post pics. Here are a few of the view from our 2 bedroom dedicated ocean view balcony room 1074, where we stayed in late August, 2014:
Thanks, JessLCH! Those are great photos, so I'm glad you figured out how to post them!
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