Maui is known for warm sun, great beaches, surfing, food and attractions. There are some things to keep in mind though, to make sure that your visit is a safe and pleasant experience that has a low impact on the local environment.
Even the best of drivers may find road conditions more challenging, simply because they are not familiar with Maui's landmarks. If you are driving yourself, on roads that are not familiar, be focused on the road. Pull over where you are safely and legally out of the way of other traffic if you want to stop and enjoy the sights. Our drivers are trained and skilled at dealing with Maui’s road conditions. The safest and most enjoyable way to experience the Road to Hana is on one of our luxury tours. That way, you can relax and enjoy the sights!
We recommend you look for an oil-free sunscreen. Oil-based sunscreens can damage delicate eco-systems, especially the priceless and irreplaceable coral reefs. If you burn easily, wear a t-shirt over your swim suit (if allowed at your beach or pool), and re-apply your sunscreen as soon as you leave the water, even if it says it is waterproof.
Ask us to recommend calmer beaches if you are not an experienced swimmer. Obey all warning signs posted near the shore, and never turn your back on the ocean. Be familiar with ocean safety, and stay up to date on alerts at http://hawaiibeachsafety.com/.
You can follow https://twitter.com/NWS_NTWC for Tsunami alerts. While these events are exceedingly rare, they can occasionally happen, with deadly results. If you see the ocean suddenly retreat, and it’s not the slow retreat of a tide, find higher ground quickly. Follow https://twitter.com/Maui_Weather for local weather alerts.
When exploring, stay alert for potentially dangerous situations. Never go off-trail alone when hiking. Never dive into shallow pools, and follow the advice of your guide when exploring waterfalls.
These are just a few things to keep in mind. If you have specific safety questions about your Maui trip, feel free to ask us when you book your tour!