First time trip to Hawaii?! Things NOT to do
Hawaii is one of the most preferred destinations that any tourist would spend lavishly to visit and explore. Most of the time, we’re informed of what we can see in Hawaii but we’re seldom told about what we should avoid doing in the land of the agitated volcanoes.
If you’re planning to make your first visit to Hawaii soon, put in mind this list of things no one should ever do while there:
1. Disregard high turf
Nothing defines Hawaii globally like its epic waters: waves, beautiful marine life, bathwater temps – waves high enough to terrify an ordinary surfer.
Hence there is a strong chance you would easily consider Oahu’s Banzai Pipeline and Maui’s Peahl to be your priority surfing destinations.
That’s a great idea, but you need to keep in mind that the guys who relish in those scary waves are experts.
Many of them are well versed with Hawaii’s sea and know when it’s least predictable.
For that reason, it would be prudent to let the veterans do all the surfing as you watch.
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2. Anticipate eternal hot and perfect weather
Hawaii is a tropical island, after all, so we should expect the finest weather while frolicking on the beach – Wrong.
Hawaii’s weather can be erratic; temperatures can drop from the searing seventy degrees to colder temperatures that would bring instant regret to a bikini-clad sunbather on the beach.
That said, the islands of Hawaii have their fair share of weather woes too and that includes fiery flash floods, sudden rock falls, and strong hurricanes.
Downpours can be sudden and fatal at times. That makes kayaking quite risky in some parts of the year, more so in April and May.
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3. Hiking wherever you please
Just because you are in paradise doesn’t mean you can hike anywhere you want. Most parts of Hawaii consist of hills with slippery terrains and steep cliffs.
If you add the volatile weather in the mix, you get a climate that isn’t particularly great for hiking, more so hiking from pretty anyway.
It might be the reason why you could need a permit to hike in places like Oahu’s “Staircase to the Heavens”, Kalalau trail, among other places.
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4. Step on coral and destroy marine life
Maybe your goal is to get in Hawaiian waters and touch the flamboyant lime green corals and even pluck them out. That’s just dangerous as it is punishable.
Do not be fooled with beauty, corals can deliver one of the most painful stings you’ll ever feel, and you might get arrested as well for messing with protected marine life. Accidentally brushing yourself on the coral reefs brings similar results.
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5. Swim with open wounds or abrasions
Even Hawaii News has admitted that the state of Aloha is unbeatable statewide in the number of staphylococcus infections reported per year.
Staph infections are perpetrated by MSRA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) that is resistant to antibiotics, easily causes death, and frequents the Hawaii waters than anywhere else in the United States.
It is perfectly fine to plunge yourself in Hawaiian waters, as long as you take a bath thereafter. The risk becomes real when you swim with open wounds or abrasions on your skin.
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