Background Information
Feature Film Moana
Games Rhythm Run
Disney Crossy Road
Other Information
Inhabitants Tamatoa, Sloth monster, other creatures
Visitors Moana, Maui, Mini Maui
Final State
Don't worry, it's a lot farther down than it looks.
Maui before entering Lalotai

Lalotai is a realm inhabited by monsters. It appears in Disney's 2016 Moana.

Essential guide description

A magical underworld of wondrous beauty, Lalotai is the home of legendary demons and monsters. Few mortals have ever been there, but this is where Maui's fishhook is- and Moana is determined to find it.


Also known as the Realm of Monsters, the entrance to Lalotai can be accessed atop a high mountain on a remote island. The entrance is described to be a mile-high spire in the the junior novelization. The entrance is a face which opens at the mouth when hit hard enough. The passageway (a pit) leads to an undersea environment home to a number of exotic, demonic and ferocious creatures — one of which being Tamatoa, a villainous giant crab. Other inhabitants include the Sloth monster and frog monster.

Once the entryway is opened, a purple swirling vortex opens up.

Places of Interest



  • Lalotai is a proto-Polynesian term that means "under the ocean".[1]
  • Lalotai is also known as "the underworld".[2]
  • Originally, Lalotai was to be a realm inhabited by ancestral spirits, as opposed to monsters.[2]
  • The creatures found in Lalotai were inspired by real deep sea fish, as well as creatures from Maui's legends, such as the great eel.[3]
  • Some of the monsters in Lalotai made cameo appearances earlier in the movie during "You're Welcome".
  • A creature resembling Godzilla can be seen before the appearance of the Sloth monster


  1. Julius, J., Lasseter, J., Malone, M. (2016). The Art of Moana. Chronicle Books, page 112. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Julius, J., Lasseter, J., Malone, M. (2016). The Art of Moana. Chronicle Books, page 122. 
  3. Julius, J., Lasseter, J., Malone, M. (2016). The Art of Moana. Chronicle Books, page 135. 

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