Universal’s Volcano Bay Tips & Tricks

We recently got to experience Volcano Bay for the first time and WOW,  what an amazing water park!

Here are some of my tips to make the most out of your visit to Volcano Bay!

Stay on Site 

If you have the opportunity stay at an on site Universal hotel.  The early access for guests is 8:30AM and the park doesn’t open until 10AM.  We did almost everything before the park opened with no wait time then could pick and choose what we wanted to go on a second time. If you do choose to stay on site Cabana Bay Beach Resort (which is where we stayed) is the best hotel because you can walk to Volcano Bay in under 5 minutes and you have a special entrance specifically for your resort, such an awesome bonus!


When you arrive at the park you will be assigned a TapuTapu bracelet.  This is THE BEST idea ever!  Your TapuTapu is now associated with you and you can use it for everything around the park.  It’s up to you if you want to set up payment privileges, if you do you can use it for any food, drink and merchandise purchases throughout the day.

Your TapuTapu is used to open your locker rental, get you access to the water slides & activate different points around the park (there are picture spots, water spots etc everywhere) make sure you take time to wander through the volcano and check out all of the interactive points, totally worth it!  It also allows you to get a return time for more popular attractions that have a long wait.

With TapuTapu you have the luxury of never really having to wait in line (no more than 20 minutes) and being able to ensure you can get on all of the top slides.

Bring your Sun Shirts to volcano bay!

When it comes to sun protection, you can never be to careful and since you will be in and out of the water all day a sun shirt is a sure way to make sure you are protected and not having to constantly reapply sunscreen.  Plus, the sun shirt will protect your back from the rivets on the slides!

Amazing Waterslides

We love water parks and are pretty much willing to try any waterslide (and have tried pretty much every style of slide out there) and Volcano Bay certainly had some pretty unique and exciting ones, here are a few of our faves!

Krakatau Aqua Coaster

So this ride is pretty unique! It’s a cross between a waterslide and a roller coaster and it offers some pretty thrilling moments!  Basically you sit in a raft/coaster car and are sent down a track with drops twists and turns all while getting drenched! A definite must for thrill ride lovers.

Oh-no and Oh-ya Drop Slides

These are SO FUN! Basically they are just a normal water slide but rather than finishing in the water like other slides these ones end either 4ft or 6ft above the water giving you quite the drop.  If you do want to check these out make sure it’s one of the first things you do as they have much longer wait times than other slides because the next person can’t start until the other person has surfaced and begun to swim to the side.  This is definitely a slide for strong swimmers!

Honu of the Honu ika Moana

This ride is unreal! I have NEVER screamed on a waterslide until I went on this one.  It is terrifying and a ton of fun.  You kind of need to ride it for yourself to really understand what I’m talking about but trust me, it’s totally worth it!

Relaxing fun

Big thrills are great but sometimes you just want to relax and there are plenty of ways to do that at Volcano Bay. Waturi Beach is definitely the most relaxing spot (but this lovely lagoon is also a wave pool so be warned) Kopiko Winding River is also a nice relaxing spot to just float for a few minutes along a lazy river.  But, be warned the current is strong so make sure you are comfortably in your tube before you get too far into it!

Fun For Little Ones

Truth be told, we actually didn’t have our little guy with us this time but we took a good look around all of the kids’ areas for future reference and they looked fantastic! Runamukka Reef looked like an amazing spot for little ones to play, splash and explore as did Tot Tiki Reef.  There was no shortage of fun for all ages, that’s for sure!

As you can imagine, there are tons of other things to do at Volcano Bay & every slide, ride and attraction definitely has its own charm. If you’ve been thinking about going, do it!! But, make sure you get in early and have a game plan to get the most out of your day 🙂

Travels With Tots- Volcano Bay Tips


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