It doesn't matter when you travel to Oahu there is always some sort of gridlock on the highways in and around Waikiki. We have always gotten stuck, even in the evenings and find it quite annoying.
My suggestion if you are driving back to the airport allow yourself enough time for some form of traffic.
As usual, common sense is the key to all safey issues. It is extremely important to watch out for and obey all safey signs while enjoying the beautiful pacific ocean. Be mindful of your surroundings and try not to venture out in the ocean on your own.
The pacific ocean can have some very strong currents, big waves and undertows, sharp coral reefs and dangerous sea creatures, be on the lookout.
The sun in a torpic climate is strong, and even if it doesn feel like the sun is beaming down on you while you are out and about walking or at the beach, it is important that you apply sunscreen. If it is too hot out please use caution and get under some shade or inside an airconditioned location. Drink plenty of water and cover up.
Fair skinned individuals should use extra caution by using a hat, sun glasses and covering up a bit more and definitely re-apply the sunscreen throughout the day.
By using sunscreen and staying out of the sun when it's too hot will guarantee that you'll have a wonderful trip. So apply, apply, apply.
We've all heard this before, but it is very important to follow some safety rules while driving in O'ahu. Unfortunately, even in paradise you should use caution and common sense and avoid places you are unfamiliar with. Always lock your doors while driving (rental cars are easily distinguished and are targets). Do not leave any objects in the car or trunk and do no stop to take a quick picture and leave the car unattended.
A few preliminary steps will ensure a fun and safe trip.
Hawaiian waters can be plagued with the invasion of jellyfish, especially after a full moon. The sting of a jellyfish can be dangerous, quite painful and leave a lasting scare. The main types of jellyfish found of the shores of O'ahu are the box and Portuguese-man-of-war.
Use caution when swimming in the ocean waters and head any warning signs that are periodically posted warning of jellyfish in the waters.
Throughout the islands and in particular in areas near waterfalls, rivers and ocean you will come across all sorts of signs heeding warning of flash floods and other dangers.
Take precaution and obey the signs as a sudden and unexpected flooding can occur during any rain fall.
The traditional Hawaiians believe that every living thing has a life and a place of its own. Everything from a plant, stone, shell, sand, animal should be left without removing it from its natural home.
As travelers we should learn to respect other cultures by obeying written and unwritten laws. Be an informed traveler and read about the places you are visiting, the traditions and cultures that make that location unique.
Yes, you want a souvenir of your vacation but do not remove any lava rocks. As superstition goes; removal of the rocks angers the volcano goddess Pele and brings bad luck to the person. So just go buy a souvenir from ABC...
"Take only pictures; leave only footprints." "Take only gifts you are given (like flower lei’s); and leave only with Aloha."
It's always important to be aware of the sun. Relaxing on a beautiful beach with a breeze can make you easily forget to check you skin for signs of a sunburn. We always slather on the sunblock; usually SPF 100 and make sure to re-apply requently. Liz and I both brings hats to ensure our faces do not fry in the sun.
The best thing to do is avoid peak burn times that are from 11am-3pm. We usaully get ourselves some lunch, drinks and shopping during this time to avoid getting crispy.
Jellyfish can be a problem when enjoying the water. Portuguese man-of-war and box jellyfish are common causes of stings. Be aware of the water and look for tentacles to avoid a trip to the hospital and a bad sting.
The ocean is a beautiful sight and fun to swim but it can be dangerous. String currents in the water can be dangerous even to powerful, experienced swimmers. MAke sure to swim in areas where there are lifeguards and pay attention to surf conditions.
It is a common occurence for car break ins on the island. Don't leave anything of value in the car especially in plain sight. Leave your jewelry and large cash amounts back at the hotel room safe. It's beter to be safe than sorry.
There are not many things to worry you in Oahu. Just watch out not to leave any of your valuables in the car because car break in is the most common crime here. We felt very safe in Waikiki but not so much in some dark corners in Honolulu. There are some homeless people but comparing to how many we saw in San Francisco it’s only a small amount of people.
Swimming is nice but never go alone, avoid unknown beaches and respect signs that have warning about big waves, jellyfish or other dangers. Choosing a beach with a lifeguard is something not to be shammed of. Don’t forget that we never turn our backs to the ocean, big waves may come in seconds.
Don’t forget to respect the nature, especially the sensitive corals and don’t to collect any corals and shells. If you want to try surfing take care of the people around you, I almost got beaten by a board by someone that decided to try it between the people that wanted just to swim.
One useless sign we saw near Arizona Memorial was this at pic 2, so don’t try to get inside with your revolver :)
Traffic is some kind of a warning too, the cars may get in traffic for hours, especially in Honolulu. Parking is a big problem too...
Based on every year’s reports this is the beach where most injuries occur. Located on the Southeast Oahu, not so far from Hanauma Bay and the Blow Hole, this beach attracts some very daring surfers that are not afraid of the powerful waves.
Mostly occupied by locals Sandy Beach divides its visitors into two groups: Surfers that line up on the shore and wait for the perfect wave and locals that line up to watch these fearless surfers. Occasionally a third type of visitors can be spotted; these are tourists – the only ones that try to swim in the mighty ocean. Quite often they emerge out of the water with bleeding arms, legs, or foreheads being either hit by a surfboard and simply dragged and rolled by a wave.
Unless you’re really looking for a trouble, try to avoid swimming at the Sandy Beach area, just drive 5 minutes north, pay a few bucks and enjoy the most beautiful Hanauma Bay with its calm water and colorful sea life.
Hawaii has a low crime rate compared to most U.S. states and Honolulu has a low crime rate compared to most U.S. cities. You can generally feel safe in Hawaii -- especially anent violent crime. However, your stuff won't be safe if you leave it in your car; the type of crime that Hawaii does lead the country in is car break-ins. The driving force behind this is widespread drug use (crystal methamphetemine) -- users are looking for quick cash and pawnable gear to finance their next purchase. Basically, these theives believe that renal cars genenerally have valuables inside -- don't let them be right!
You will see evidence of car break-ins everywhere. The tell-tale sign is shattered glass in a parking lot. I've seen this at strip malls, at the Pali Overlook and on the North Shore. Especially vulnerable are the cars parked at roadsides that have beach access. So, start thinking about this as you leave for the day -- don't put anything in your car that you're not willing to carry with you when you leave the car.
If you don't think I'm serious, I'll let you know that it happened to me in September 2008 -- and my car is decked out as a local vehicle. I was parked in fashionable Lanikai right by the beach -- so it can happen anywhere!
A story: friends of mine who live in Hawaii and have taken up surfing found a great remote spot where they could often surf alone with great waves and no reefs. On populated Oahu, they were astounded at their luck, until the their third visit. After retruning from the water, they had found that all of their cars had been broken into -- side windows smashed. Luckily, they had left no valuables in their cars. But they never surfed there again.
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