Hawaii is virtually bustling with tourist attractions like beaches, diving spots and other natural wonders. However, it is important to know some Kauai safety tips to make your tip worth the time, effort and money. Accidents can happen if you do not know the nature and characteristics of certain locations. Some areas are untouched by human hands and remain in their original and wild 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. Although 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 southern and eastern 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 signs, rules and regulations. 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.