With cool, refreshing dips in the sparkling blue paired with the warm Hawaiian sun practically a packaged deal here on Maui, we totally understand if you don’t want to spend your vacation anywhere else but the beach! As a force of nature, the ocean can be a little unpredictable at times and can become a hazard to even the most experienced swimmers. Here at Kahana Village, your safety is our number one priority and we want you to get the most of your Hawaii vacation which is why we wanted to take the time to share some ocean safety tips!
Snorkel with a Buddy
Life is better with friends, so why not extend that to life below the ocean’s surface? When you set out to admire Hawaii’s underwater world be sure to grab a buddy to tag along with you. Snorkeling, or even swimming in general, with a friend allows you to look out for each other’s safety and it happens to be so much more fun!
Keep a Watchful Eye on Children
If you are traveling with kids, be sure to pay attention to your precious cargo while enjoying a day of fun in the sun. Waves may seem peaceful but the next set can easily sweep your child off the sand and into the water. Maui has a number of lifeguard protected beaches and while that may give you peace of mind, it is important to remember that they are responsible for the safety of the entire beach. Keeping a watchful eye on your keiki (children) can prevent sudden incidents and also allows you to capture those sweet Maui moments.
Be Aware of What is Beneath the Surface
Whether you are getting a glimpse of the colorful marine life or playing in the waves, make sure that you are aware of what lies beneath the surface. Coral reefs that surround the islands make up a delicate ecosystem of fish, crustaceans, sea anemone, and other organisms. While enjoying the water, be sure to carefully avoid stepping on the reef or poking your fingers into the holes. You never know what is hidden and even the slightest scrape from a snorkel fin can damage the coral.
Ocean conditions are unique amongst the different beaches across the island of Maui and can be dependent on the time of year you are visiting. If you are ever in doubt, don’t go out! There are a number of activities that you can still enjoy, some of which are part of our Kahana Village amenities.