Why This Guide to Activities in Hawaii?
After having safely guided thousands of guests through a rainforest canyon in East Maui, we’ve heard and seen it all. We’ve met all kinds of people who were not sure what activities in Hawaii were available and worth doing. Or what their Hawaii experience was going to be like. There have been guests who didn’t know what to expect from the rainforest; guests who didn’t know about that famous Maui red dirt. Or guests who didn’t understand that the waterfalls are a natural result of rainfall running downhill, from the top of Haleakala down to the ocean. They didn’t know that the water travels down a maze of twists and turns and waterfalls before landing in the Pacific. They didn’t know that, even though some of the troughs and flumes that guide part of the rainfall were man made, the waterfalls are definitely natural. Spoiler: We don’t turn the waterfalls on in the morning and off at night.
So we wrote a handy guide for anyone who isn’t familiar with activities in Hawaii or faraway destinations.
Volume One: A Guide for Those Who Like Common Sense Guides
So here’s Volume One of the guide maybe you didn’t know you needed; an “activities in Hawaii” guide for people who appreciate keeping it simple and using common sense. You may learn something about Maui–or not–but you will definitely do some thinking about this beautiful island.
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The Fresh Water
The first thing you might think about when thinking about Maui is the ocean. After all, we’re surrounded by it for thousands of miles. But what you might not know is that there are lots of activities in Hawaii that involve streams and small bodies of fresh water. First, a bit of safety information: The water is not always your friend. Here are the common sense basics of staying safe in streams, rivers and ponds:
Flash flooding is possible. Stay aware and don’t take chances with your safety.
Don’t drink it
There’s bacteria everywhere in nature. On the hiking trails, in the air, in the water and on you. There is no magical reservoir of sterile water to swim in.
Don’t float down the flumes
Don’t put anything in it. Use reef-safe sunscreen and use the bug spray very sparingly. (In some locations, it’s not even necessary)
Look before you leap. Even places well-known for their depths can become dangerous due to the water throwing branches and even boulders into the pools.
It can be chilly
Helmets save lives. Falling rock
Reef safe sunscreen.
SPF clothing is your best bet.
Stay hydrated, reapply sunscreen more often than you think you should
If you want to see the sunrise at Haleakala, you will need to make a reservation. Sundown is also good, and you don’t need a reservation and you can go someplace for dinner on your way down.
Wash off afterward. It’s full of staph
Heed the flags and listen to the lifeguards
Did you cut yourself on the reef, rocks or your surfboard? Did you end up with a horrible sun burn or rash while you were out that needs medical attention? You may have better luck seeing a dermatologist instead of going to an urgent care clinic or the emergency room.
The Aina (Land)
Don’t trespass, even if a guide book tells you it’s OK. Even if a guide you hired says it’s OK because “everyone does it.” Be responsible and polite.
Don’t take the rocks
The Geography and Topography
Is a Certain Tour for You?
If all else fails, ask.
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