Oahu Travel Guide: What To Know Before You Go: Land Activities

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Are you planning a visit to Oahu?

Do you have land activities planned for when you visit Oahu?

If you're looking for land activities on Oahu you'll discover an island filled with great hiking tracks and other land based activities. Experience can be found most anywhere in Hawaii, however like the ocean, personal responsibility, good sense and preparedness can indicate the distinction in between the trip of a lifetime and a journey to the ER.

Here's some tips to keep you safe:

Know where you are. This may sound silly, but it's typically overlooked. If you become lost or stuck and need to make an emergency call, you want to have the ability to state where you are (even if you can't pronounce the place). Even though all emergency calls from mobile phones are supposed to transmit locational details, the more detail you can provide rescue workers, the faster aid will arrive. Know the name of the location, road and/or path you will be on prior to heading out. Stay on the main trails whenever possible.

If you plan on doing a lot of hiking, contact the Department of State Parks at 808-274-3444 for details on their trails. Also the trails division of DLNR, Na Ala Hele has a full list of maintained trials and closures.

Have a strategy. Let somebody know where you're going, and when you're returning. This might be somebody in your group who stays behind or perhaps even the hotel concierge.

hiking hawaiiBe prepared for the conditions. Durable footwear-- not flip-flops-- are necessary in rough terrain. Bring plenty of water, snacks, rain equipment, and a small emergency treatment kit to remain ahead of the game.

If you're lost and you call for assistance, kindly, remain where you are. It's harder to discover somebody who has actually roamed from the search area.

Jumping off waterfalls, rocks or cliffs can be harmful. We advise against doing this, but if you must, check what's below the water's surface prior to taking the plunge. Even if you believe it will look cool in a Facebook picture, keep your tongue securely tucked inside your mouth. We will not get into the details here, but trust us.

Respect personal property signs. Even if you come across one on public land, property ownership changes hands often, and someplace that was openly accessible one day, can be off limits the next.

Flash floods are the most typical way for hikers to get stranded. They can take place at anytime, though the wetter, winter season increases those conditions. Keep in mind, it does not have to be raining where you are for a flash flood to take place. It could be warm and 85 ° when you carelessly step over what appears to be little stream, but up in the mountains it could be drizzling, and within minutes that previous trickle of water could develop into an uncrossable raging river. On Oahu, the north coast (windward) gets the most rain, but any river or drain is capable of a flash flood. Current conditions can be found at the National Weather Service web site.

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