Volcano Bay is a water theme park, where thrills and relaxation flow in perfect harmony. Here, the TapuTapu wearable lets you hold your place in the ride lines and reveal wondrous surprises with just a wave of your wrist. It’s a tropical paradise just steps away from everything Universal Orlando Resort has to offer. At Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park, the water is delightfully warm during the cooler months—no doubt heated by lava deep below the Krakatau volcano! Krakatau towers 200 feet above the tropical landscape, streaming waterfalls during the day and fiery lava effects at night. Inside the cavernous volcano, the Waturi people dare you to brave a variety of pulse-pounding water slides.
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Universal’s Volcano Bay Slides & Rides:
Krakatau Aqua Coaster
This first-of-its-kind-in-Florida family slide is the park’s signature ride and a must-do! Krakatau Aqua Coaster will propel your four-person canoe UPHILL racing through darkened twists and turns within the actual volcano. For your big volcanic finish, you’ll be sent plunging through a waterfall! This aqua coaster uses some state of the art linear induction motor technology whereby magnets will “pull” your canoe up the side.
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 screaming, white-knuckle fun, this dizzying descent ends with a watery tribute from Vol himself.
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 simultaneously drop two guests down clear, intertwining tubes before sending them joyfully splashing into the turquoise waters below.
A favorite among Waturi children of all ages, Punga Racers send single riders on their manta ray mats sliding down four lanes through underwater sea caves.
This peaceful escape overlooks the sparkling waters of Waturi Beach at the base of the volcano.
Locals know — the surf’s always up at Waturi Beach. Swim, splash and relax right along with them in the sparkling waters and warm waves of this sparkling lagoon at the foot of mighty Krakatau™.
The scenic River Village has fun for people of all ages, including the very youngest Waturi.
Honu ika Moana
Just like the ancient Waturi people who rode the ocean waves on friendly sea turtles and whales, guests can enjoy these two twisting, turning, multi-person slides. Honu sweeps up two massive walls, while ika Moana sprays water on riders from the center of the raft.
Tot Tiki Reef + Runamukka Reef
The little ones can frolic among the splashy slides and fountains of the Tot Tiki Reef toddler play area, while Runamukka Reef delights older children with its bubbling geysers, water guns, slides and dump cups.
Kopiko Wai Winding River
Take a slow ride on the Kopiko Wai Winding River. Sprays of water surprise along the way, and beneath the lava rocks, Stargazer’s Cavern reveals the magical night sky above.
Rainforest Village stretches along the shores of an action-packed river and features the perfect mix of relaxation and exhilaration.
Ohyah + Ohno Drop Slides
Test your mettle and get into the Waturi spirit. Ascend cliff side and plummet down the twisting waters of Ohyah before dropping out four feet above the pool below. To achieve even greater bragging rights, brave the rope bridge and plunge down Ohno, a serpentine adventure that ends six feet above the pool below. Be sure to yell your battle cry on the way down.
Maku Puihi Raft Rides
Ready for the high adventure of the Maku Puihi lava tubes? This six-person rafting adventure is a favorite of Waturi families, but it’s not for the faint of heart. Choose one of two paths or try them both—just be ready for a thrilling ride. Puihi careens through a dark, winding tunnel before the stomach-flipping thrill of zero gravity hang time. Maku slides you through a deep volcanic gorge before spinning wildly around bowl-like formations.
TeAwa The Fearless River
Up for an adventure? Take a thrilling whitewater ride along TeAwa The Fearless River. Race along a roaring, watery onslaught of churning rapids and choppy waves hanging tight to your inner tube.
There’s a place where the puka trees grow abnormally tall. Inspired by their twisting roots, the Waturi built four twisting water slides called the Taniwha Tubes. Riders can try all four twisting tracks, but beware — mischievous tiki statues spray jets of water when you least expect it.
Universal Volcano Bay TapuTapu Wearable
No more carrying tubes or waiting in long lines at this waterpark! The reason is TapuTapu — an interactive bracelet that you’ll be given at the turnstile. TapuTapu is free and required to ride all the slides. You simply return it when you leave at the end of the day.
How does TapuTapu work?
When you arrive at a slide or ride you really want to do, you’ll see the current wait time displayed. No actual lining up required though! If you want to get in the ‘virtual’ line simply touch your TapuTapu on the totem pole. Then head off to do whatever takes your fancy. Your TapuTapu will buzz you when it’s your time to ride so head on back over. You can only reserve one ride at a time. If you find a shorter wait time at another ride, you can reserve that instead, but you’ll lose your other spot. Capiche?
What else can TapuTapu help with?
TapuTapu lets you unlock some fun and interactive features around the park — shooting water cannons at other riders or revealing hidden images inside Krakatau’s mysterious caves. You can also use TapuTapu at specific photo spots to link your photos to a “My Universal Photo” account – pretty nifty!
Guests also have the option to add a credit card to their TapuTapu and use it to pay for lockers, merchandise, food and drinks. You can store your wallet safely and not need it all day long.
How to Set Up TapTu Pay Before Arriving:
- Create a Universal Orlando account online or use the mobile app.
- Tap the icon shaped like a wallet (hopefully a full one!)
- Enter required credit card information.
- Link your party’s Volcano Bay tickets. You can key the numbers in manually, but scanning the bar code is easiest. You can set spending limits for each member of your party.
- Create a pin that your whole party can use for their purchases.
If you set up an account, your credit card will be linked to your TapuTapu when you enter the park. Rest assured that at the end of your visit all personal information will be unlinked from it.
Universal’s Volcano Bay Parking & Transportation
Guests not staying on-site at a Universal Resort Hotel get to pay to use the main garage next to Universal CityWalk. There are free shuttles from here to Volcano Bay. On-site hotel guests get free bus transportation to Volcano Bay. Guests at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort have a private entrance to the water park (You must show room key) and it’s walkable from Universal’s Aventura Hotel.
Universal’s Volcano Bay On-Site Hotel Benefits
Staying on-site at a Universal Orlando Resort hotel has it’s benefits. Enjoy early admission to Volcano Bay one hour before everyone else. The Universal properties handiest for Volcano Bay are Universal’s Aventura Hotel, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, and Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. The other Universal’s resort hotels have free shuttles which take just a few minutes longer.