The island of Kauai is an idyllic paradise filled with lush rainforests, immaculate beaches, and harsh canyon landscapes. With all of this natural beauty, it is no wonder Kauai is a premier vacation destination. However, it is important to ensure we do everything we can to keep it this way.
Tourism can take a toll on any vacation destination, and Kauai is no different. At Parrish Kauai, we make a conscious effort to keep Kauai an immaculate place to visit for years to come. Continue reading to learn about some of the things you shouldn’t do when visiting Kauai to help do your part.
16 Things Not to Do on Kauai
1. Disrespect the Culture: The culture on Kauai is different than what you will find on mainland, but that does not make it less than. Outside of the natural beauty found on Kauai, it is the people and culture that make this place so special. Please be respectful of those who call the island home, as well as their culture.
2. Hold Up Traffic: It can be hard not to become distracted by Kauai’s beauty while driving. However, that is not an excuse to slow down, stop suddenly, or otherwise hold up traffic. Also, please obey all parking rules and only park in a location that is designated for parking.
3. Use Unsafe Sunscreen: Sunscreen containing oxybenzone and octinoxate has proven to be toxic to marine life and cause coral bleaching. Do not use sunscreen containing these chemicals when visiting Kauai. For more information, check out our sunscreen guide.
4. Step, Stand, or Walk on Coral: Coral is a vital part of Kauai’s ecosystem and is very fragile. Stepping, standing, or walking on coral, even for a moment, can not only impact that coral but all of the life in the area.
5. Touch Wildlife: Kauai’s thriving wildlife may look cute and cuddly, but refrain from touching. Whether it’s a monk seal, dolphin, or nene, please keep your hands to yourself and do not touch; not only is it for both you and the animal’s safety but in many cases touching wildlife is illegal.
6. Swim in Brown Water: Brown water can be contaminated. For your safety, do not swim in brown water.
7. Ignore Warning Signs: It may sound like common sense, but the number of people that ignore warning signs would surprise you. If you see a sign warning of surf, brown water, strong current, flash floods, and the like, don’t ignore them.
8. Underestimate the Ocean: The ocean is as dangerous as it is beautiful. Be sure to check out the ocean conditions before hitting the water to be safe.
9. Forget Your Hiking Shoes: Kauai is home to miles and miles of gorgeous hiking trails. However, many of these trails are intended to be hiked with tennis shoes on your feet. Be sure to pack your hiking shoes.
10. Take an All-Wheel-Drive Vehicle to Polihale State Park: If you’re looking for adventure, you’ll find it at Polihale State Park, but you’ll want a four-wheel-drive vehicle. The park has a dirt road and high sand areas, making it a challenge to get around in all-wheel-drive vehicles.
11. Take Lava Rocks: Taking lava rocks is considered disrespectful, and it is also said to be unlucky. Keep luck on your side and leave the lava rocks where you found them.
12. Hike an Illegal Trail: Certain areas and trails in Kauai are marked with no trespassing signs. Not only are hiking these areas illegal, but it can also be dangerous.
13. Get Discouraged by the Rain: Kauai is a tropical location. As such, you can expect rain. Don’t let a little rain ruin your day; oftentimes, showers will come and go rapidly.
14. Visit Queen’s Bath in Winter: Queen’s Bath is a wonderful attraction well worth visiting while using caution, just not during the winter. Five people have died at this unique natural pool in the past decade, and the most deadly time to visit is in the winter months. We created a list of safety tips for visiting Queens Bath here.
15. Be Afraid to Volunteer: Malama means to give back. You can practice malama while visiting Kauai by volunteering. Find opportunities to volunteer and give back on your vacation to Kauai here.
16. Take the Island for Granted: Kauai is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. You are very fortunate to visit here. Soak in the beautiful sunrises and sunsets and bask in the island’s natural beauty. You should treasure your time on Kauai.
Now that you know what not to do in Kauai, it is time to book your stay in an incredible vacation rental. At Parrish Kauai, we have a variety of vacation rental options available. To book yours, visit our website, chat with us online, or give us a call at 1-800-325-5701.