6. Respect the power of the sea.
Many visitors to Hawaii don’t seem to realize how powerful the ocean is.
We see people constantly putting themselves in danger, swimming in choppy waters or taking pictures at the edge of steep sea cliffs.
The most comprehensive tip I can share for this is to not overestimate your abilities.
Big waves, sneaky rip currents and sharp rocks make navigating it difficult for anyone, let alone a poor swimmer or someone unfamiliar with a particular beach.
Instead, stay alert and pay attention to warning signs.
Despite all the warnings, the ocean is still wonderful — so long as you understand and respect it.
Visitors to Hawaii believe that following these guidelines can make a big difference to their impact on the island.
While seemingly simple, these are meaningful things tourists can do to mitigate negative impacts, encourage positive experiences, and keep Hawaii a beautiful place to live and visit for years to come. It’s action.
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