Kauai Warnings and Dangers

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Kauai Warnings and Dangers

  • Beach Safety

    Kauai Warnings and Dangers

    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!"

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  • Kalalau Trail

    Kauai Warnings and Dangers

    The trail can be wicked... especially if it is raining. We wouldn't have gone on the trail that day if we knew what was in store. Ke'e beach was sunny and gorgeous. About 1 mile in, it started raining on the trail. The trail is already so difficult... add in some rain, and it can be really scary! Wear cleats. Or bare feet. Have a walking stick, and...

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  • Driving Rules

    Kauai Warnings and Dangers

    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...

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  • Chickens

    Kauai Warnings and Dangers

    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...

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  • Hawaiian Sea Life

    Kauai Warnings and Dangers

    Please be aware of the most beautiful creatures next to the humpback whale - the Hawaiian Monk Seal. There are only 30 around the island of Kauai. Occasionally you will find one on the beach sunning itself so please give the animal space and respect. There is a $25,000 fine for bothering these animals. We were fortunate enough to see these...

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  • Hideaways Beach

    Kauai Warnings and Dangers

    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...

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  • Valuables in the Car

    Kauai Warnings and Dangers

    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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  • Red Dirt

    Kauai Warnings and Dangers

    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...

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  • Leptospirosis

    Kauai Warnings and Dangers

    Leptospirosis is a disease that may be transmitted from animals to humans. Transmission usually occurs by contact with soil or water contaminated with the urine or tissue of an infected animal (wild goats, pigs, rats). Symptoms of the bacteria infection are not immediate, and usually begin to appear 7-10 days after the initial contact with the...

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  • Ultimate Kauai Guidebook

    Kauai Warnings and Dangers

    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...

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  • Pacific Missile Range Facility

    Kauai Warnings and Dangers

    If you are looking for the Barking Sands Beach, you can't get there from here. The Pacific Missile Range Facility is fronting it and since 9/11 the road is closed. Warning, Restricted Area sign is posted.

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  • have fun but take care!

    SwimmingSwimming 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.drivingEveryone respects the speed limit, we did and we...

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  • Don't drive on the beach in Polihale

    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...

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  • If in doubt, don't go out!

    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!"

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  • Most Deadly Beaches

    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...

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  • Jellyfish

    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...

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  • Hide your valuables in your car!

    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

    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...

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  • Don't Depend on the Railing!!

    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...

    more
  • Beware of the Red Dirt

    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...

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  • Pay attention to ocean conditions!!!

    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...

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  • Beach Safety

    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...

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  • No Need for "Wiki Wiki"

    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...

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  • Don't store valuables in the car

    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.

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  • Loud Chickens

    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...

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  • Strong currents

    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.

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  • Big Surf

    It's definitely a good idea to listen to the surf report on the radio as you plan your day. The nice thing is that even if there are big swells on some beaches, it's invariable pretty nice on others around the island. We were there in the winter and got to see some pretty huge waves along the north shore. The next day at the same beach we were able...

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  • Chickens!

    There are chickens everywhere!! They're not so much of a danger as a nuisance, as they don't seem to care what time it is as they are crowing their little heads off day and night. It's definitely something that you get used to in a day or two though. The story goes that they all escaped when a big hurricane hit Kauai. Since there are no predators,...

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  • Take Special Care around High Surf

    Here in the middle of the Pacific Ocean the surf can sometimes be calm (pacific), but at other times, and especially in the winter, it might be dangerously high. On the north shore of Kauai during our November visit we saw raging surf that only a fool or an idiot would go near. Always study the waves carefully before entering the water, and inquire...

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  • Hawaiian Monk Seals - endangered species

    Please be aware of the most beautiful creatures next to the humpback whale - the Hawaiian Monk Seal. There are only 30 around the island of Kauai. Occasionally you will find one on the beach sunning itself so please give the animal space and respect. There is a $25,000 fine for bothering these animals. We were fortunate enough to see these animals...

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  • Other Tourists! ;-)

    Beware of fellow tourists who have just arrived. No tan. Still uptight. They tend to cut in line. They stick like sore thumbs because they don't smile, the complete opposite of the locals.The locals are so friendly, polite, etc....It's contagious, thank goodness.

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  • Missiles

    If you are looking for the Barking Sands Beach, you can't get there from here.The Pacific Missile Range Facility is fronting it and since 9/11 the road is closed.Warning, Restricted Area sign is posted.

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  • Big waves

    We found out waves are very strong in Kauai. We were there in December and most beaches on the north shore that weren't shilded by reefs were not swimmable because of the high surf. Near Hanakapi'ai beach on Kalalau trail they had posted a list of people who drowned there in the last five years. The list had a few open bullets (quite creppy but I'm...

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  • Muddy trails

    If you go to Kauai in winter and attempt to do some hiking expect the trails to be muddy and slippery. Take a closer look at the picture as all trails look more or less like the one there.

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  • Episode II: Attack of the chickens

    The island is full of wild chickens. They were once in cages but hurricane Iniki freed them back in 1992. Now they're everywhere, you can see them by the sides of the road, in parking lots etc. They don't really attack you; rather I chased them off trying to take a picture. Our travel guide said that they can be noisy and that if they camp under...

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  • Hiking the Kalalau Trail

    The trail can be wicked... especially if it is raining. We wouldn't have gone on the trail that day if we knew what was in store. Ke'e beach was sunny and gorgeous. About 1 mile in, it started raining on the trail. The trail is already so difficult... add in some rain, and it can be really scary! Wear cleats. Or bare feet. Have a walking stick, and...

    more
  • Leptospirosis

    Leptospirosis is a disease that may be transmitted from animals to humans. Transmission usually occurs by contact with soil or water contaminated with the urine or tissue of an infected animal (wild goats, pigs, rats).Symptoms of the bacteria infection are not immediate, and usually begin to appear 7-10 days after the initial contact with the...

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  • Strenous/difficult trail

    Kalalau trail is rated as a strenous/difficult trail to hike for the average individual .(800 ft. elevation gain/loss) People should be in fairly good physical condition and have basic outdoor skills such as camping,hiking,basic survival skills and first aid. Swimming is not advised due to extremely strong currents. *****People suffering from...

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  • Camping Permits

    Camping without a permit.Park rangers check the campsites to verify permits.Campers without permits are:1.Issued a citation.2.Photo mug shot taken3.Camping gear confiscated.4.Ordered to appear in court and pay fines anywhere from $100-$1000 per day.5.Failure to appear in court will result in a warrant for your arrest and a criminal record.

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  • We had a bit of a nightmare...

    We had a bit of a nightmare stay really. Nicole's house was without electricity and running water except the toilet . . . :-) and a hose outside. Her boyfriend got bitten by a huge scorpion while showering off in the yard. Yeow!

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