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Volcano Bay

Updated: Aug 31, 2023

What is Volcano Bay?

Volcano Bay is Universal Orlando’s south seas island themed water park featuring a huge volcano with water slides descending from it. The fictional native island people, the Waturi, have discovered the volcanic island and made it into their home. Because of their love of the water, they added the slides and other water experiences in celebration. Universal considers this their third gate theme park, and have poured a lot of imagination and effort into the theming and experience, creating something magical.

What attractions are at Volcanos Bay?

Wave Village attractions:

  • Ko’okiri Body Plunge: ++ 125 foot high-speed body slide down a 70-degree-angle. This is the most popular attraction at the park and has the longest wait times. Height requirement is 48 inches; riders must weigh under 300 pounds.

  • The Reef: Five-and-a-half feet deep leisure pool with its own private waterfall. Children under 48 inches must wear a life jacket.

River Village attractions:

  • Krakatau Aqua Coaster: + Four-person canoe that speeds down, twisting and turning through the dark inside of the volcano, ending in a large drop. Height requirement is 42 inches; must be 49 inches to ride alone. This ride accommodates one to four riders. It is very popular.

  • Runamukka Reef: Children’s play area - maxim height is 48 inches.

  • Tot Tiki Reef: Toddler play area.

  • Honu of Honu ika Moana: + Multi-person water tube, riding the currents on a sea turtle, plunging into a sparkling water pool. Height requirement is 48 inches; two to five riders on the raft at a time.

  • ika Moana of Honu ika Moana: Sister ride of Honu of Honu ika Mona, ride the currents on a whale while water from the whale’s blowhole rains down on you. 42 inches to ride; must be 48 inches to ride alone; two to five riders on the raft at a time.

Rainforest Village attractions:

  • Kala and Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides: ++ Twin body drop slides that crisscross their way together down, plunging into a pool below. Height requirement is 48 inches; riders must weigh under 250 pounds.

  • Ohyah and Ohno Drop Slides: ++ Riders must navigate cliffs and rope bridges before climbing aboard these slides which twist and turn their way down. The minimum height requirement is 48 inches; strong swimming ability required.

  • Puka Uli Lagoon: Leisure pool featuring bongo drums and water jets. Children under 48 inches must wear a life jacket.

  • Maku Puihi Round River Rafts: + Two slightly different six person raft rides that zoom through deep volcanic gorges and twist through massive funnels before experiencing the geyser ending.

    • Maku: height requirement is 42 inches; must be 49 inches to ride alone; two to six riders.

    • Puihi: 42 inches to ride; must be 48 inches to ride alone; three to six riders.

  • TeAwa The Fearless River: Not a lazy river. Not at all. The exact opposite. This is a white-water “torrent river”. Life jacket required. Height requirement is 42 inches to ride; must be 49 inches to ride without a supervising companion.

  • Hammerhead Beach: White sand beach area

  • Taniwha Tubes: + Twisting inner-tube rides. Tonga (green side) height requirement is 42 inches; must be 49 inches to ride alone; one to two riders. Raki (blue side) height requirement is 42 inches; must be 49 inches to ride alone; one to two riders.

  • Punga Racers: + Four slide - body slide race. Height requirement is 42 inches.

*** + denotes experiences that are available with Volcano Bay Express Passes

++ denotes experiences that are also available with the purchase of a Volcano Bay Express PLUS Passes

What is a TapuTapu?

TapuTapu is a wearable device included in your admission at Volcano Bay that guests receive on entry. Volcano Bay is a line-free experience. All lines are virtual and are managed with your TapuTapu and your Universal Orlando app. Your TapuTapu holds your place in a virtual queue in line, and can be used to play interactive games in the park as well.

Do I need to register my TapuTapu?

You will need to register it on your Universal Studios App in order to use Tapu pay or to view ride photos.

How do I use my TapuTapu?

Tap your TapuTapu at the designated area at the beginning of each attraction. When it is your time to ride, the TapuTapu will vibrate.

Can I use my TapuTapu for more than one line at a time?

No. If you tap it for another experience it will delete the original virtual queue.

What else can I do with my TapuTapu?

Your TapuTapu can be linked to a locker to store your belongings in the park. There are areas to play games in the park, as well as picture areas that can be triggered with your TapuTapu. These pictures can be viewed and purchased in the app. And if you have registered it in your app, you can use Tapu pay to buy food and merchandise.

Are there dining locations at Volcano Bay?

Of course. Check out the places to grab a bit here on the Universal Website.

Is there an Express Pass for Volcano Bay?

Yes, but it does not include every experience. We have denoted the applicable rides above with a ‘+’ for Express Pass and ‘++’ for Express Plus Pass. See our post here about Express Pass.

Where do you park for Volcano Bay?

There is a designated parking section in the first level of the Universal Orlando parking garage. There will be a complimentary bus that will take you to Volcano Bay.

What is premium seating?

Premium seating are padded lounge chairs (set of 2) with an adjustable shade canopy and a locker that you can reserve for the day. An attendant will also take your food and drink orders. Pricing is date-specific and ranges from $29.99 to $139.99 per day. They can not be booked online, you must call (877) 489-8068 for premium seating reservations. Make sure to book ahead of time.

Tell me about Cabana rentals at Volcano Bay

Guests that want the ultimate in luxury at Volcano Bay can rent one of the 51 cabanas for the day. These Cabanas come with padded lounge chairs, a checkerboard table, complimentary fruit and snack basket, fridge (with water bottles), and a locker. They also have a ceiling fan, privacy curtains, towel service, and a guest experience tablet to book virtual lines. You can also order food and drink items from any of the restaurants or bars at Volcano Bay from a cabana. Prices start at $159.99 and go all the way up to $449.99 per day for a single cabana (for up to six) and $299.99 (and can reach at least $599.99) for a family cabana (for up to sixteen). These can not be booked online, you must call Universal reservations for cabana reservations at 877-801-9720. Make sure to book early.


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