Inform people in other areas if you plan to explore wild beaches. 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 channelled away from the beach. Waves breaking over sandbars and shallow reefs with deeper channels without breaking waves are signs of a rip current. Conserve energy and don’t fight if you find yourself in one. Call for help and go with the flow instead. Most currents will release you offshore after some time.
Bring insect repellents when hiking as well as a water jug. 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 rules and tips.
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.