We love to give you tips as to what to do, where to go, and how to have the most fun during your stay in Hawaii, but sometimes sharing what not to do is just as helpful. Below are a list of five things to be sure to avoid while exploring our beautiful islands.
Don’t Go Out, if in doubt
The beaches in Hawaii are home to some of the most breathtaking waves in the world. Even when there isn’t a huge swell on the horizon, the currents, riptides, and sheer power of even smaller waves are no joke. Always watch the water for at least 20 minutes before getting in to gauge the swell. If you have any doubt about the safety of the conditions, don’t go out!
Don’t Turn Your Back on the Water
Same idea. Mother nature is a fickle creature and the ocean can be the best example of that. Make sure to be extra vigilant when the waves are up; don’t turn your back to the water and don’t let unattended children too close to the shore. Heed all signs posted by lifeguards – they’re there for a reason!
Don’t Skimp on Sunscreen
Your mother told you, and now we’re telling you. Don’t skimp on the sunscreen! Even on the cloudiest of days you can still get a killer sunburn, and there’s really no faster way to put a damper on your Hawaiian vacation.
Don’t Touch the Turtles
Our honu are truly beautiful creatures, sure to put a smile on your face. Feel free to watch in awe or photograph them, but don’t get too close and please, no touching. These are protected marine animals. Give these celebrities the privacy they deserve. Same goes for monk seals.
Don’t Fear the Locals
We’re a friendly bunch! Not sure where you are, where you’re going, or what to do? Just ask! The aloha spirit is truly alive and well in the islands, so go ahead and ask the locals for advice, directions, or just talk story and get the local scoop.