Hawaii is virtually bustling with tourist attractions like beaches, diving spots and other natural wonders. It is important to know some Kauai safety tips to make your tip worth the time, money and effort. If you do not know the nature and characteristics of certain locations, accidents can happen. Some areas are untouched by human hands and remain in their wild and original state so tread carefully.
Staying Safe at the Beach
Kauai is located at 22 degrees latitude which is very close to the equator so it gets more direct sunlight compared to other islands in the Pacific. Temperatures on the average range from 72 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit, some areas particularly in the northwest part of the island tend to experience intense rays from the sun. During the summer months, it is recommended to stay in shady areas or completely avoid sun exposure from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Beaches in the eastern and southern shores are cooler. Wear waterproof sunscreen or sunblock preferably with an SPF of 30 but definitely not less than 15. Wear a wide brim hat or bring an umbrella. Drink lots of water to prevent sunstroke and dehydration. If you plan to sunbathe, the best times would be from 8 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. Start by lying out 15 to 20 minutes per side on the first day. Gradually increase the duration over the week to avoid sunburn.
Always be on the lookout for warning regulations, signs and rules. Popular beaches usually have lifeguards, restrooms, picnic areas and other facilities. Open shores however, may be completely uninhabited so make sure you know the right route to the nearest medical institution should any accident occur.
If you plan to explore wild beaches, inform people in other areas. Observe the beach as well as the water. Large waves can be good, but stay away from rocky areas since you can get slammed by the current. Winds can mean larger and stronger currents. Find out about the current tide as well as the presence of drop offs.
The tide can change depending on the season, time of day or weather. People are recommended to stay out of the water before it gets dark. Snorkelers, surfers and scuba divers should always enter the water in pairs. Children should always be supervised by an adult. Heed warning signs and watch out for the presence of other marine species like seals, crabs, jellyfish and sharks.
Water and Forest Safety
Kauai safety guidelines cover all types of terrain and bodies. Rip currents are currents of water channeled away from the beach. Waves breaking over sandbars and shallow reefs with deeper channels without breaking waves are signs of a rip current. If you find yourself in one, conserve energy and don't fight. Call for help and go with the flow instead. Most currents will release you offshore after some time.
When hiking as well as a water jug, bring insect repellents. You can get leptospirosis by drinking from infected streams and ponds. Wild animals and poisonous plants can lead to emergency situations so always stay on the trail and follow hiking tips and rules.
It is recommended that you go in groups or in pairs to stay away from danger and potential threats. Kauai safety and health personnel are available in most state parks and tourist spots.