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Kauai Beach Safety Tips

Fifty miles of beaches beckon you to sunbathe, swim, and engage in a variety of water sports on Kauai’s beautiful coastlines. Taking precaution to follow some basic Kauai beach safety guidelines will ensure that you are able to fully enjoy your time on the Garden Island.

Lather Up, Reapply, Repeat

Many visitors to Kauai underestimate the intensity of the sun. Being the state closest to the equator, the sun in Hawaii is intense, even on days that feel breezy and cool. Don’t make the mistake of getting a sunburn early on in your vacation and having to spend the rest of your trip recovering in the shade. Apply sunscreen in your vacation rental before heading to the beach, allowing it 20-30 minutes to soak in. Toss it in your beach bag so you can reapply frequently, especially after being in the water. Wearing a hat, sunglasses, and rash guard, and bringing along a beach umbrella are also good ways to avoid a sunburn.

Beware of Rip Currents

Rip currents appear as narrow rivers of water rushing from the shore out to sea. They often appear muddy and occur where there are no waves breaking. Rip currents are extremely powerful and swimmers can easily be pulled out to sea when caught in one. One of the top Kauai beach safety tips is if you get caught in a rip current, do not try to fight it by swimming directly back to shore. Swim parallel to the shore until you are free of the rip, and then make your way back to shore with the aid of the waves.

Keep Your Eyes on the Ocean

Locals often say to never turn your back on the ocean. This is because many beaches have powerful shore breaks. When getting out of the ocean, it is best to back out, always keeping your eyes on the waves. Powerful waves can knock unsuspecting swimmers down if they are not aware of their surroundings as they leave the water.

Choose a Lifeguarded Beach

Kauai has ten lifeguarded beaches, providing plenty of options for swimming safely. Especially if you are swimming out of a lifeguarded area, never swim alone.

Contact Us for More Kauai Beach Safety Tips

We have rentals at nearly 30 properties on Kauai’s north, east, and south shores. All of our rentals are in prime locations near some of the island’s best beaches. Many of our vacation rentals offer gorgeous ocean or mountain views, island-inspired décor, full kitchens, swimming pools, and breezy lanais. Contact us at book your next vacation rental, and to learn about Hawaii beach safety and the island’s attractions!