Hawaii is a dream. The warm air, the flowers, the hot sun on the ocean but the sun in the tropics is strong, even if you do not feel and even if the sky is overcast. Use sunscreen wear hat and light-colored clothing, drink water throughout the day.
• Use a sunblock with UVA/UVB protection.
• Choose a sunblock an SPF of at least 15 for daily maintenance protection.
• At the beach, use a 15 SPF that is also WATERPROOF or 30-50 SPF if you burn easily.
• Apply sunblock 20 to 30 minutes before exposing your skin.
• Apply a thick layer of sunblock when swimming, reapply after swimming or toweling
• Be aware that you can burn on cloudy days or sitting under an umbrella.
• Avoid being in the direct sun from 10 am - 2 pm when the sun is at its strongest.
• If burned, apply aloe vera gel liberally and drink a lot of water or juice.
• Use a moisturizing sunblock to protect you even when you're not at the beach.
• Wear UV rate sunglasses to protect your sensitive eyes.
Yes, sunbathing can be hazardous to your skin or the eyes of secret admirers.
Use protective sun screen against ultra-violet light.
Cloudy days and balmy wind can be deceptive in causing sunburns.
And avoid heat stroke but not overdoing.
Watch the SUN, even on days when cloudy and raining, a sunburn can occur quickly without notice. Wear at least SPF 15 or higher if you want to have a good vacation, and not be laid up in your hotel room all day due to burning
Do use suncreen!!!!! I went there in April and although everybody told me that I will get a sunburn I didn't put on enough suncreen!! It rains often and sometimes you just don't feel how hot it is...I really had a BAD sunburn after two days although it wasn't as warm as it can get.
It was a real pain to take a shower and to walk!!:-)
This warning cannot be stated enough. Wear sunblock! At least SPF 15, preferably SPF 30. With the trade winds blowing, you may think the sun isn't as strong as it really is. Put on the sunblock any time you will be in the sun for an extended period of time. Use waterproof if you are going swimming. Reapply often.
Be prepared for high prices. If you are a smoker, pack a carton of cigarettes to take along on your trip. Thankfully, we did. The cost of cigarettes in Honolulu is ridiculous! $5.00/pack! That's about $2 more per pack than we pay here in PA. My husband and I both being smokers, we could have gone broke if I hadn't packed a carton for each of us. Make sure you pack everything you need or use regularly. Those high prices extend beyond tobacco to just about everything.
The sun!!!! Regardless of how tan you are once you get to Hawaii you have to wear sunscreen especially on the first day. Sometimes you forget how strong the sun is when you are out on your raft so make sure you wear sunscreen and a hat. They warn you the first day to be careful of heat stroke and sun poisoning.
Learn not to burn, especially if you are from a snow bound area and are exposing skin usually covered by clothing.
If cliff diving, try hard to clear the rocks on the way down.