Oahu Warnings and Dangers
Even in paradise, there are things to watch out for. Here are some of the more common issues to avoid.
NEVER EVER leave anything of value in the trunk of your car, on the seat of your car, in the console, under the seats, etc. Thieves watch for trusting tourists in rented cars and will wait until you are out of sight, looking at the great view, and in less that two minutes they will have broken into your car and taken off with all your valuables.
And, as you would in any public place, keep a close eye on your purse, money and other valuables.
The Pacific Ocean has some dangerous conditions such as strong currents, big waves, undertow, sharp coral and dangerous sea creatures. The first rule of ocean safety is to use the buddy system. Don’t go in the ocean alone. Beaches are rated for wave hazards using coloured signs. Yellow – Caution, Red – High Hazard, Black – Extreme Hazard. To have the safest beach experience, visit only guarded beaches with a normal caution rating (yellow square).
The best thing to do is learn to spot rip currents and avoid them. However, if you do find yourself in a rip current, remember the following. It could save your life!
DON’T FIGHT THE RIP CURRENT – Conserve energy, keep calm, float, breathe, don’t panic, and wave for help.
GO WITH THE FLOW – You can easily float in the current, there is no undertow. Allow the current to take you away from the beach. In weaker rips, swim parallel to the shore until the current has completely relaxed. Otherwise, the current will eventually release you offshore. Once this happens swim perpendicular and towards the beach.
WAIT FOR HELP – If there is large surf or shoreline hazards, wave your hands for help and wait for assistance.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings and dangers on Oahu.
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