Looking for thrills this summer? Universal Volcano Bay is perfect! Sure it’s a great place to rent a cabana, bring a book, enjoy the wave pool at Waturi Beach, and let the kids play at Runamukka Reef and Tot Tiki Reef. But for my older kids and me, we want to have the most exciting day possible!
Here’s how we do it:
When we arrive at Volcano Bay (right when the park opens, of course), we always head straight for the Krakatau Aqua Coaster. It’s our favorite ride at Volcano Bay – and maybe all of Universal Orlando Resort. Is it a raft ride? Yes! Is it a coaster? Yes! It’s a truly unique combination of the two, and no matter how many times we’ve experienced it, the thrills never get old.
After conquering the aqua coaster, we head around to the Ko’okiri Body Plunge. Climb to the top of the volcano, get into a capsule, and wait for the drop door to open. Scary, but how can you not do it? The 125-foot drop is over in a flash, but it’s one of the most thrilling attractions at Volcano Bay
3. Honu ika Moana Slides
Honu and ika Moana are actually two different, multi-person slides that depart from the same platform. The green slide is ika Moana. It’s great for kids and people looking for moderate thrills. Just sit down, enjoy the twists and turns, and get wet! Honu offers pure exhilaration though, as it sends you up two massive walls! Honu is my must-ride attraction every time I visit.
I’ve always taken it for granted that water slides deposited you into a shallow pool at the end – a nice, graceful exit. Not Ohyah and Ohno! You exit Ohyah four feet above the pool, and Ohno drops you six feet! Make sure you experience at least one on your next visit.
Just past Ohyah and Ohno are the Kala and Tai Nui Body Slides. If you liked the Ko’okiri but wished that it was longer and curvier, you’re set! Walk up to the top of the slides, stand over the trap door, listen to the drums get louder and louder, and then drop and twist all the way down. Always my favorite way to end the day – one last splash before heading back to Waturi Beach to dry off.
6. Everything Else!
Those are just my five favorite thrill rides at Volcano Bay. We love the rest of the park as well – even if the thrills are slightly more subtle. The Punga Racer mat slides and Taniwha Tubes – Tonga & Raki are always fun, as are the Maku Puihi round raft slides – especially Puihi, where gravity seems to disappear briefly.
Summer is the perfect time to unleash your inner thrill seeker. Which ride do you want to go on first?