Ocean Safety Tips:
- Never turn your back on the ocean. You want to walk out of the ocean backwards or sideways so you can see if a wave is coming. If you are in the water and a wave is approaching, dive under the wave instead of trying to jump over it.
- There are strong ocean currents off the shores of Maui. If you are stuck in a strong current, swim with the current and never against it. If you swim against the current, you will tire quickly. Swim along with the current in a diagonal manner and you will find that the current will release you and allow you to swim back to shore, maybe slightly down the beach.
- Paddle boards can drift on windy days: It’s best to get as low as possible when paddling back in to create a smaller wind profile with your body.
- Snorkeling is strenuous: Although snorkeling is a popular tourist activity, it can be a strenuous activity. It is smart to take a flotation device into the ocean with you such as a noodle, boogie board or a life Jacket.
- Talk to lifeguards: Visitors are encouraged to speak to lifeguards at guarded beaches, who can provide information on current water conditions and safety tips to those venturing out.
- Finally, “When in doubt, don’t go out.”
Use caution at the ocean’s edge. If the surface is wet the waves can reach that point. You do not want to get knocked down or swept into the ocean. If you get swept into the ocean swim out into calm waters and wave for help.
In the area known as the Blowhole, do not approach the blowhole, do not peer down into it or attempt to straddle it. Stay clear of the wet areas. You could be knocked down by the force of the water or possibly sucked into the hole. There is no way out.
- Check the weather before you go out. If you see clouds in the mountains, it could mean rain upstream. Be aware of your surroundings and know the fastest way to safe, higher ground if a flash flood happens. Never hike alone.
- Never cross fast flowing or rising water: If you find yourself trapped by rising water, find the highest point possible, call for help, and most importantly, stay put.
- Before hiking: Always inform others where you plan to go, even the bellman or valet at your hotel. While hiking it is a good idea to carry water, food and dry clothes; and wear sturdy footwear and bright clothing.
- Guidebooks can be misleading: The photos might look amazing though the hike in or out could be beyond your ability. They may take you onto Private property. Please be respectful of the land, whatever you take in, be sure to take out. Including bodily waste.