Maui Ocean and Outdoor Safety
A vacation in Maui should be an amazing experience with lifelong memories. Its important that visitors from all over the world understand Maui Ocean and Outdoor safety so you never spoil your vacation with unplesents situations. You need to remember that Maui is an isolated island surrounded by ocean. There are many ocean and outdoor adventures to have, but there are also hidden dangers to be aware of. Kimos rent a Car gives you some safety tips to consider during your trip. We care for our family, friends and customers and we wish everybody a happy vacation.
These tips will help you and your family keep safe.
Not everyone knows these dangers exist and they may get into danger without realizing it until it is too late.
The best advise is for everyone to be informed of the dangers and to take responsibility for their own safety. In any emergency call 9-1-1
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Do not disturb marine Life: When onshore you may encounter a nesting turtle, or a sleeping monk seal. Please respect these creatures and keep your distance, and appreciate them from afar. Do not allow children or pets to harass or disturb these creatures. When you are snorkeling you should not get in the way of turtles or attempt to touch them or ride them. Larger creatures like monk seals and sharks should not be approached or touched. Whales are protected by the marine mammal protection law which prohibits people from approaching the whales and dolphins within 200 feet.
Do not feed the marine Life: Do not feed the fish, you may attract predators, or incite predatory behavior in otherwise harmless species.
Do not Dive into the water:This goes for freshwater streams, and near beaches too. If you do not know exactly how deep and clear the water is, then don’t dive headfirst into anything. Many people dive into shallow water, or hit a rock or other debris, and get head/neck trauma. If you must jump, jump feet first!
Cliff Jumping: This is one of the most dangerous things that causes the most injuries. Depth of streams changes daily, and the water is usually murky making it impossible to tell the depth. Even jumping feet first will not prevent injuries.
Diving into the surf: This is the number one cause of head injuries. Maui has many rocks and coral outcroppings that lurk beneath the waves.
Shore breaks: The local bodysurfers you see on Maui are very experienced, and can play in the waves, But this activity is what causes a strikingly high number of spinal injuries on Maui. Especially on Big Beach / Makena Beach(but anywhere with a shorebreak), there are regular injuries. Many people who are unfamiliar with the wave action, or people who underestimate the power of the wave, can get into trouble. If in doubt, do not attempt to bodysurf in the shore break. Maui Lifeguards and rescue services do their best to protect people from dangers, but they cannot be everywhere at once. many beaches and areas are not patrolled, and many are remote and are isolated from rescue services. So the best policy is for everyone to be informed of the dangers and to take responsibility for their own safety. In any emergency call 9-1-1
Do not step on or touch coral.Coral can cut scrape and puncture you, Coral cuts can contain venom and/or infectious organisms. Treat any coral cut seriously, and seek medical attention for any deep wounds, or if infection worsens. If there is redness or tenderness at any wound site three days after a coral cut see a doctor, because you may have an infection or worse.
In Hawaii, locals usually prevent reef wounds infections with Epson Salt. You can purchase that salt in it any store and is very cheap.. Poor 2 cups of Epson Salt in warm water. (the warmest water your body can tolerate). Soak wound area for 20 minutes. Repeat procedure until wound gets better.
Standup Paddle-boarding: This sport looks easy, but it gets a lot of people into trouble. Most people cannot paddle against any sort of wind. Even a light breeze is too much to paddle against. People get blown away from shore and get lost at sea. this happens a lot. To avoid this happening to you, Never go in an offshore wind! (wind that blow from the land towards the ocean), and never paddle alone. Always stay close to shore. If the wind starts blowing come back to shore immediately. And never go further out than you can swim. But if you do get into trouble, always stay with your board. Always use the board leash too. A SUP can blow away from you faster than you can swim.
Do Not SUP where people are Surfing:Do not ride your SUP next to surfers, if you fall your large board can hit a lot of people, SUP boards are hard to control in the surf, and local surfers don’t like to have SUP next to them while surfing to prevent accidents. Never SUP Surf close to other people, always use a SUPboard leash.
Hiking and Exploring:Choose to do safe hiking Choose the right weather to do it. Avoid exploring while or after heavy rains. Pay attention to cliffs, weather and where you step. Wear the right shoes avoid walking over slippery rocks. Have drinking water available during your hike and avoid drinking water from streams.
Flash Floods: Also be aware that any stream, wet or dry can suddenly get a flash flood. Many maui visitors get heavy rains while hiking. Be alert on the weather and know that very fast things can change. A small stream can get very dangerous while raining. There is more rain on top of the mountain, and water moves fast. So be caution while hiking, avoid bad weather and go to safe areas if necessary (away from streams).
Waves : Walking along the shoreline on the rocks can be dangerous as waves can suddenly and violently come ashore and wash people into the ocean, This is the leading cause of death in the ocean environment. Hawaii is well known for their huge waves. When swells comes, ocean conditions dramatically change.
Rock Climbing: Maui has volcanic crumbly sharp rock which is no good for rock-climbing. it breaks easily, and is subject to frequent rock falls, Just being close to a cliff is dangerous. The closest thing to rock-climbing we have on Maui is Zip-lining (which is much safer).
Swimming under waterfalls: Maui has many waterfalls that are spectacular and exciting. Many people like swimming under the waterfall. But remember that water can move large rocks. So it is not really safe to be under the fall.
- If you are unable to swim out of a strong current, signal for help
- Rely on your swimming ability rather than a flotation device
- Look for, read, and obey all beach and safety signs
- If in doubt, don’t go out!
- Protect the environment. Refrain from touching all reefs. Help keep the beaches clean and Hawaii beautifu
- Swim in lifeguarded areas
- Never swim alone
- Do not dive into unknown water or into shallow breaking waves
- Do not attempt to dive over large waves
- Ask a lifeguard about beach and surf safety before swimming
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