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Tonga and Raki of Taniwha Tubes at Universal’s Volcano Bay

Location
Rainforest Village

Restrictions and access
Tonga: 42 inches; must be 49 inches to ride alone; one to two riders; 300-pound single-rider max; 450 pound combined weight; has Express Pass access.

Raki: 42 inches; must be 49 inches to ride alone; one to two riders; 300-pound single-rider max; 450 pound combined weight; has Express Pass access.

Taniwha Tubes at Universal's Volcano Bay
Tonga and Raki of Taniwha Tubes at Universal’s Volcano Bay

Two-sentence insider summary

Taniwha Tubes logo at Universal's Volcano Bay
Taniwha Tubes logo at Universal’s Volcano Bay

Grab your inner tube – single or double-rider – and race down either Tonga (the green water slides) or Raki (the blue), which offer slightly different twisty experiences. Along the way, “mischievous” Tiki statues will attempt to zap you with jets of water when you least expect it.

Fear factor
Tonga: 2 out of 5.

Raki: 3 out of 5.

What you wish you knew before you experienced it
The Tonga slides’ entry point is to the left, while Raki’s are to the right. If you’re looking for a faster and more intense experience, you’ll want to hop on Raki’s water slides.

OI fun fact
The Waturi – Volcano Bay’s fictitious denizens – were inspired to craft Taniwha Tubes’ serpentine slides by a grove of abnormally tall pukas, with their twisting roots.

OI historical fact
Tonga and Raki of Taniwha Tubes originally started out life as just one attraction, called Taniwha Tubes; it wasn’t until May 23, 2018 that Universal opted to split them in two.

Why the change? Now, the company has two different rides where before it only had one, helping to better process the crowds that descend on the water park, particularly in the summertime. (Also, it doesn’t hurt that Universal can now brag that it has one extra attraction at Volcano Bay, right?)

Note
The Virtual Line for Taniwha Tubes has been removed, meaning that guests won’t have to nab a return time in order to hop on it – it’s permanently set to “ride now.”

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