Category: Hawaii Beaches & Ocean

Visitor Safety Alert: What Are Rip Currents in Hawaii?

There’s nothing more relaxing and rejuvenating than swimming in Hawaii’s crystal blue ocean. But, beneath the waves are powerful forces that could be dangerous, especially for visitors who are unfamiliar with Hawaii’s waters. According to howstuffworks.com, rip currents are the beach’s number one killer. Rip currents in Hawaii occur when water rushes through a low point […]

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What’s the Safest Ocean Activity? Hawaii Ocean Safety by the Numbers

What’s safer, swimming or snorkeling? Who’s most likely to drown in Hawaii, residents or non-residents? How many people have water accidents in Hawaii every year? These are just some of the questions answered in the latest Hawaii Ocean Safety report, which helps officials keep locals and visitors safe in the water. If you’re visiting Hawaii […]

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Where Are the Riskiest Beaches in Hawaii?

If you’re in Hawaii for any extended length of time, you may start to notice something in the news: Reports about drownings, near drownings, and rescues. Unfortunately, the sheer quantity of out-of-state visitors to Hawaii means many folks underestimate the power of Hawaii waves and waters. Locals, too, can get into trouble in Hawaii waters, […]

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The Best Beach in Hawaii (Plus Other Favorites Across the Islands)

Hawaii has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, but what is the best beach in Hawaii?  Everyone has different things they look for in a favorite beach. After all, big-wave surfers probably won’t be searching for the same spots as families with small children. But still, Hawaii has several crowdpleasers – places […]

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What We Love About Salt Pond Beach in Kauai

When someone is looking for a spacious, family-friendly beach on Kauai, we always send them straight to Salt Pond Beach. This sunny spot has a little something for everyone, including great swimming, amazing scenery, and a fun atmosphere.  Let’s head out to Salt Pond Beach and discover why it’s one of our favorite places on […]

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Take a Dip! 5 Best Tide Pools in Hawaii

Used to be, I thought we only had two options when it came to swimming in Hawaii: Head to the pool or head to the beach. Not so! There’s actually an in-between option: Hawaii’s magical tide pools. ***NOTE Tide pools can be VERY dangerous & unpredictable and should only be visited during calm waters. Check […]

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Family-Friendly Fun! The Best Swimming Beaches in Hawaii

Maybe you’re traveling to Hawaii with small children and need to find beaches that provide safe swimming. Or perhaps you’re not a strong swimmer yourself and prefer calm conditions in which to enjoy the ocean. Whatever your reason, finding the right beach can be the difference between enjoying a peaceful day frolicking in the ocean and […]

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Hawaii Lifeguards – Where They Are and How They’re Trained

Even if you’re not traveling to the islands with small children in-tow, it’s still a good idea to seek-out a beach that comes equipped with Hawaii lifeguards (you can never be TOO safe in our waters). And, it’s a good idea to know how they can help, if or when you have an ocean emergency. […]

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When and Where To Find the Best Waves on Oahu

Even though Oahu is hardly a perfect square, we still have four different sides to the island: North, South, East, and West. And, each side of the island gives visitors a different beach experience (and waves, too). I was shocked at how different the ocean can behave on the same island. But, I’ve learned the […]

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Feel the Pride! Top 12 Hawaii Gay Beaches

Gay… Straight… Black… White… Local… Visitor… It’s all good in Hawaii! Hawaii is a place for everyone, and that’s one of the many reasons I love living here. That goes for the gay community, too. Hawaii has a pretty active LGBT community and has a long history of being a place where all are welcome. […]

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The Best Underwater Caves in Hawaii to Explore

It’s hard to imagine there’s anything more beautiful than some of Hawaii’s above-ground landscapes. But, below the surface of the ocean, you’ll find an entirely different world — just as beautiful (perhaps even more so) with caves, caverns, and undersea lava tubes, all for you to explore. For those who are proficient scuba divers, exploring some […]

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Top 5 Places for Stand-Up Paddle Boarding in Hawaii

What sport combines the graceful, spiritual experience of surfing with the upper-body toning benefits of paddling? Stand-up paddle boarding, of course! When you visit Hawaii, you’ll see stand-up paddle boarders just about everywhere. But, some places are certainly more ideal than others — you’re looking for calm, flat water if you’re a beginner. So, we’ve put […]

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