There are many stunning sights to see and memorable experiences to be had on the island of Maui. However, it is important to do your research so you are prepared for the weather, wildlife and culture. If you’re planning a tropical getaway, take into account these important facts about Maui.
Facts about Maui to Keep in Mind During Your Trip
What to Do If You’re Caught in a Rip Current
A rip current is a powerful current that appears as large waves break. This current is strong and has been known to pull even the most able swimmers out to sea. Be aware of large waves, and do your best to swim underneath them instead of letting them pick you up. If you’re caught in a rip current, do not swim against it. Instead, swim parallel to the shoreline until you exit the current, then you can swim back to shore.
What Time High Tides Come In
High tides roll in twice a day. The first high tide of the day will be in the morning and the second one in the evening. Extra care should be taken if you are in the ocean during these times, as large waves with little water beneath them can cause injury to swimmers by pulling them in and sending them crashing onto the beach. You can check for estimated forecasts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s website.
Where Sharks Like to Hang Out
Maui’s large and protected shallow ocean shelf attracts tiger sharks, one study shows. They often congregate near some of the island’s popular beaches and ocean recreation sites. The study found that off the shores of southwestern Maui, tiger sharks were present more than 80 percent of the time.
These facts about Maui may be alarming, however, researchers say that although sharks are frequently present, shark bites are rare. They recommend staying out of murky water, swimming with others and remaining close to shore.
The island lifestyle is very different from others. Here are some local customs and practices to keep in mind:
- On Maui, it’s often customary to hug rather than to shake hands.
- Be patient and courteous behind the wheel. Maui drivers frequently let you pull in ahead of them and are generally laid-back and friendly.
- If you’re given a lei, it’s considered rude to take it off in the presence of the person who gave it to you.
Ancient Hawaiians have a rich supernatural history which has been combined with other cultures’ traditions as more people have moved to Maui over the years. The result is an interesting combination of superstitions, including the following:
- Don’t take anything natural when you leave the island. – You’ll be cursed by the fire goddess Pele if you try to take a beach rock, sand or other natural part of Maui home with you.
- Don’t whistle at night. – You could conjure up the huikai po. Literally meaning “night marchers,” huikai po are the ghosts of ancient warriors.
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