Believe it or not, shark attacks are probably not the greatest risk while living or visiting Hawaii. Sure, Hawaii gets a bad rap for shark attacks, but as long as you swim with a buddy and don’t go too far out, you’ll be just fine.
2. Rip Currents
Currents are almost impossible to see from the shore, but can be wildly dangerous - even if you are a strong swimmer. Do your research, pay attention to warning signs and other swimmers, and when in doubt, stay out.
3. Sharp + Slippery Rocks
Tourists and locals alike can easily be injured from walking on sharp and slippery rocks, either below the ocean's surface, or near the water. If you're going to hang out on the rocks, considering wearing water shoes.
4. Box Jellyfish + Portuguese Man-of-War
Jellyfish stings burn, and in rare cases of allergic reaction, can cause hospitalization. Luckily, these sneaky little creatures are quite predictable. They often invade shallow waters approximately 9-12 days after a full moon, and many beaches will put up warning signs once they are spotted.
5. Rogue Waves
If you’re not careful, and you fail to heed warning signs posted on the shore, you could easily get swept away by a giant wave. Depending on the time of year, there are beaches that are simply too hazardous to swim at, and others that can produce sudden waves + surf advisories. Always check the surf reports and head warning signs posted at the beach.
You remember the eel attack on Waikiki beach last summer that was originally assumed to be a shark attack? Yeah, you should be scared of eels too.
7. Coral Reefs
Reef cuts are quite common in Hawaii, especially if you aren't careful. These cuts often go unnoticed as your skin is already wet, and can get infected easily - since the coral is alive and bacteria-ridden.
8. Various Sea Creatures
While sharks and jellyfish are perhaps the more well-known of Hawaii's dangerous sea life, creatures like sea urchins can feature needle-like spines filled with venom.
9. Territorial Surfers
Okay, we're mostly kidding about this one, but it is best to stay away from crowded areas during periods of high surf to avoid collisions.