Safety Tips in Kauai

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    have fun but take care!

    by mindcrime Updated Nov 30, 2009

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    Swimming
    Swimming is a must thing to do in Kaua'i but watch out the big waves at north shore (on east too after october). Always respect signs like this (pic 1) that warns you about dangerous rocks, sharks, currents etc Dont forget that there are many organized beaches with lifeguards on duty.

    driving
    Everyone respects the speed limit, we did and we had the feeling we were driving a kid’s car :) It was weird and funny at the same time, oh yes, it is safe too ;) The signs were clear and although we didn’t have a GPS the Mile Markers on the highways helped us a lot by just looking at the map (even the simple ones)
    Watch out the one lane bridges, we saw several of them on north shore. The rule is if you reach the bridge first and it is empty just pass! If another car is in front of you just follow it. It was stress but there weren’t so many cars anyway…
    Unfortunately, even paradise has its problems. In Kaua’I there are a lot of break ins, so don’t leave ANYTHING in your car that may attract attention. Don’t forget also to get full insurance from your rental company.

    Prices
    Everything is expensive from food to gas, so check always. We preferred getting supplies from the big supermarkets that had way cheaper prices. The gas station on the north shore are even more expensive, especially the last one :)

    Chickens!
    They are everywhere, they are lovely but! But! Make a pray they don’t decide to be outside your room after midnight because they like to crow all the hour! The roosters are known as broken alarm clock! :)

    warning sign calm before the storm? roosters conquered Kaua'i!

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    Don't drive on the beach in Polihale

    by Travel2write Updated Oct 19, 2008

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    Your car rental agency will list Polihale beach as a offlimits area. The reason they mention this is that they don't want you to get stuck there. The 8 mile unpaved and rugged road will lead you to a pristine sandy beach. However, even though it say's beach access for vehicles, many tourist get stuck in the soft sand. If you don't listen to this warning, you may be as upset as this pair of honeymooners where in there 4 wheel drive jeep.

    Stuck on the beach in Polihale
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    If in doubt, don't go out!

    by Travel2write Updated Oct 19, 2008

    Current and the beaches can be downright dangerous. If you are not experienced in the ocean, don't swim where there are not lifeguards and never swim alone. Sadly, 3 tourist died the week we were in kauai. he saying is, "If in doub't, don't go out!"

    Dangerous beaches
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    Most Deadly Beaches

    by BlueCollar Updated Apr 11, 2008

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    Kaua‘i has the most visitor drownings than any other island in the State. What makes this statistic even worse is that Kaua‘i has the forth highest visitor count. It has only one-forth the visitor traffic of O‘ahu, just a little less than one-half the visitor traffic of Maui, and about two-thirds the visitor traffic of even the Big Island. This says a lot about just how deadly the beaches are.

    To learn more about the various beaches and the hazards associated with them, go to this website(http://www.kauaiexplorer.com/). The information learned there may just keep you from becoming a statistic.

    People have been swept off the rocks at Lumaha���i The waves break onshore at Lumaha���i Try to wade in that!  Lumaha���i is rough! Steer clear of the rocky point at Ke���e Ke���e looks beautiful.  It hides a deadly secret.
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    Jellyfish

    by HarmoniousBotch Written Mar 9, 2008

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    When in the water, keep an eye out for the portuguese man-o-war jellyfish. ( Actually, it's not a true jellyfish but it looks like one and stings worse than most. )
    You can recognize it by the sail sticking out of the water - from which it gets its name. It uses the sail to travel with the wind, so keep a watch upwind.
    You may hear surfers calling out "Pochos! Pochos!" as a warning when they see them.

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    Hide your valuables in your car!

    by ballerina11 Written Feb 27, 2008

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    Luckily it didnt happen to us, but quite a few places on the island, there's evidence of car break ins, in the form of shattered window glass in parking lots. So, take your valuables with you and lock your doors.

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    Kitesurfers

    by spitball Updated Jan 6, 2008

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    According to The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook, who are hesitant to give this sport its own section because so many people still don't know what it is, well I'll tell you, it's exciting and a lot of fun to watch, and I imagine, a helluva blast to try and perform. I saw many of these guys during my two weeks on Kaua'i, but it looks like it takes quite a lot of time and skill to even get close to being any good. What you've got is a modified surfboard, shorter and boxier than a normal board, with fins at both ends and straps for your feet. Then let a special, controllable, two-line kite drag you along. Like windsurfing, you don't have to go the direction the wind takes you, you have control (though not as much as a windsurf board) It's harder to learn than windsurfing, if you can get over the steeper learning curve.

    'Anini Beach Windsurfing (826-9463) gives 4-hour lessons at $400 per person (6 hours for 2 people) That's a lot at one time, but their instructor's are very good.
    Aloha Surf & Kiteboarding (826-1517) gives cheaper lessons at $75 per hour with a 2-hour minimum, but they don't seem as reliable.
    If you want to see kitesurfing in action, check out Kapa'a Beach Park, the most popular local spot. Moanakai Road is a good place to hang out and watch them.
    Since the first two hours of the lesson is learning how to flly the kite, you might want to buy your own kite beforehand (Sea Star Kaua'i at 332-8189 sells them from around $125 - $180)
    and learn how to fly it at your leisure. Then go straight to the next phase with your instructor.
    It's called body dragging and, though it sounds like something they do to you if your credit card is declined, it's actually where you allow the kite to drag you through the water while you maneuver it, and it's lot's of fun, at least for me to watch.

    Kite Surfer Getting Ready Kite Surfer
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    Don't Depend on the Railing!!

    by agapotravel Written Feb 25, 2007

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    Hideaways Beach is gorgeous, but as you can see from the pictures, it is a STEEP pathway that leads down to the beach. We were trying to do this in flip-flops (we had no idea it was this steep). We were holding onto the railing for dear life when it broke and we slid for about 10 excruciatingly long feet down the hill. It is so worth it once you get down, but please be careful!

    Be careful with the railing! Hideaways Beach
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    Beware of the Red Dirt

    by AKtravelers Written Jan 1, 2007

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    Much of the dirt on Kaua'i is a deep red. While very attractive, it also has the unhappy quality of being nearly mpossible to get out of your clothes. The white socks we wore when we hiked the Na Pali coast remained stained for the remainder of their useful life (which was at least a couple of years). There's a reason why they are able to sell Red Dirt T-shirts -- the stain really stays in the fabric!
    By the way, people who live in areas of red dirt and who have pets are not likely to want light colored wall-to-wall carpet in their houses.

    Carmen demonstrates how to track red dirt
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    Pay attention to ocean conditions!!!

    by GlobalMatt Written Sep 29, 2006

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    If you ever travel to Kaua'i, please - please - please pay attention to warnings posted for some beaches. The riptide currents in Hawaii can be VERY strong. Many people have drowned or been swept out to sea due to ignorance. If you are a decent swimmer, this usually isn't a problem in most places on Kaua'i. However, from mid-October through mid-April, most of the beaches are non-swimmable...especially anywhere near or on the North shores. It's even a good idea to stay away from the edge of the water on the North shores in the winter. There have been cases of rogue waves coming in fast and furious with no warning and taking people out to sea. The calmest place to swim, snorkel, & scuba is on the South shores...especially Poip'u Beach State Park. They also have all the basic facilities and lifeguards year-round. Explore Kaua'i to the fullest, but be informed.

    Watch for strong currents on parts of the island

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    Beach Safety

    by keida84 Written Jun 7, 2006

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    The beaches on Kaua'i are most enjoyable but it can be dangerous if you do not take heed of what type of currents and tidal forces exsist in the ocean. Swim only where lifeguards patrol, watch the ocean at least 20 minutes prior to entering the water, do not swim or snorkel alone.

    One current that is most common is the "riptide current" here is what you should know if you ever get caught in one.
    *Remain calm--don't panic. Panic can sap your strength and energy
    *Swim across the current or perpendicular to the current's direction
    *Swim parallel to the shoreline and wait for the current to release you--be aware that you may end up 30 to 40 yards downstream--once you are relaesed make it in to shore.

    calm conditions can be deceiving
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    No Need for "Wiki Wiki"

    by keida84 Written Jun 4, 2006

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    Anyone who will be driving on the island of Kauai must take heed of the speed limit signs. The police strongly enforce the posted speed limits. Now anyone who drives on the mainland freeways or internationally as on the Autobahn will find these limits extremely slow. You may be tempted to push it a bit but rest assured, the Kauai police force is out on the side of the road with a radar gun and will pull you over should you exceed these posted limits.

    While you are at it make sure your seat belt is buckled as it is a $92 fine for not "sticking and clicking"

    The highest speed you can travel on Kauai is 50 mph but generally the posted speed limit ranges from 25 to 35 mph and on residential streets 5 to 15 mph!

    So hang loose, slow down and enjoy the beautiful scenery. No one wants a speeding or no seat belt ticket.

    Poipu Beach
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    Don't store valuables in the car

    by newsphotogirl Updated May 10, 2006

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    We rented a convertible. Our rental agency and our guidebook warned us not to leave anything valuable in the trunk. They are very easily to opened by theives looking for purses and other valuables stashed there while the owners are swimming at the beach nearby.

    How can you not rent a convertible

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    Loud Chickens

    by newsphotogirl Written Mar 29, 2006

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    Okay, it's your honeymoon. You're exhausted from the wedding. Free from work obligations. And ready to sleep in! Not if the chickens wandering the grounds of the hotel have any say. There was a rooster that would crow at the top of it's little lungs first thing in the morning. These wild chickens are everywhere. They aren't dangerous, just annoying and funny sometimes.

    Wild chicken at the parking area of Secret Beach

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  • Strong currents

    by mrandmrsdevlin Written Jan 25, 2006

    We were surprised that even at the "baby beaches", where the water is always calm because they are protected by big coral reefs, the current was so strong that it was still a little scary to get in the water.

    Waves break on the reef protecting Anini Beach

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