Beach Safety

Our Hawaiian islands are noted for beautiful beaches, warm clear water and big waves. Words of caution are needed as various times throughout the year strong winds, high surf and swift currents make for dangerous swimming. Please take special note of the following.

  • A red flag is always displayed on our beach because there is no lifeguard on duty. Please check with the beach activities center for ocean conditions prior to entering the water, as they change frequently.
  • Never turn your back on the ocean.
  • Never body surf a wave "straight in" instead, ride at an angle to the shoreline.
  • Study the ocean before you enter it. Note locations of rocks, breakers, currents and reefs. If in doubt, stay out.
  • Enter the ocean gradually and watchfully. Breakers come in "sets" with spells of calm in between. Don't be caught off guard.
  • Stay off the reefs to avoid coral cuts, sea urchin spines and eel bites. Standing on coral is environmentally unfriendly as coral is alive.
  • Duck or dive beneath breaking waves before they reach you. Do not stand in their path. Do not try to swim over them or turn your back to them.
  • Never swim against a strong current. Check the shore to see which way the current is carrying you, then swim across the current, not into it.
  • If in trouble, do not waste your breath yelling for help-save your energy to stay afloat.
  • Never swim alone at an unfamiliar beach. Swim at supervised beaches or with other people. Ask beach attendants or experienced swimmers about the safety of a place before you enter the water.
  • Know your limits. Do not let others dare you into the surf if you are not sure you can handle yourself.