Safe Tourist Travel in Hawaii
While Hawaii seems like a laid-back destination that is all about relaxation, fun and beautiful weather, there is always a hidden danger here — which is true of all tourist destinations. The rules are pretty simple, but they’re worth heeding nonetheless. We want you to enjoy the most pleasant, positive and relaxing vacation possible!
Overall, the busy tourist areas are safe due to all the crowds and security measures. However, that doesn’t mean bustling hubs like Waikiki are immune to crime. Keep a firm hand on your purse, wallet and phone at all times. Rather than keep money or your wallet in a back pocket or backpack, use a billfold and store it in an inner pocket. Although not as prevalent as in, say NYC, pickpocketing happens in Hawaii too. Count your money in private, don’t flash around your watches or jewelry, and don’t carry around expensive electronics.
When visiting public places like theaters and restaurants, keep your possessions in your lap or near your person at all times. Keep a good hold on your purses, ladies – Oahu has seen an uptick in purse snatchings from brazen thieves that will snag a loosely held pocketbook and run away. Some even do this from a slow-moving car. Strap it across your chest if possible.
When you venture farther out to less populated areas were there aren’t as many people – particularly to secluded beaches – you’ll need to be extra diligent about what you leave in your rental car, who you trust and where you can safely go. Avoid deserted areas, particularly at night, advises Frommer’s, and avoid city parks once the sun sets – unless, of course, there is a fun event such as Waikiki Shell concerts in Kapiolani Park.
For the vast majority of visitors, hotel rooms are a safe haven, a place to retreat to after a long day of sightseeing and basking on the beach. However, don’t assume you’re automatically safe as soon as that door clicks closed behind you. Make sure you manually lock the door and secure the door stopper or deadbolt. Before heading out for the day, place any extra money and valuables you have in the hotel safe. Make sure it’s locked properly. Don’t leave things out on the bedside table or TV stand. If you go shopping, bring your packages back to the room at the end of the day rather than leave them in the car. They’re ultimately more safe in the room than in the rental.
Hotels and resorts are generally open to the public, so it’s not just a maid or hotel employee you have to worry about. It’s everyone. When you go out with the car, park it in a well-lit area, preferably under a street light. Store any documents, including car rental agreements, with your personal information on it in the hotel room or safe. If you are the victim of theft, report it immediately to the local police department.
Nudity at beaches is illegal in Hawaii, just like throughout the rest of the United States. This means you could be arrested if a police officer catches you without clothes on any one of the state’s beaches. Yes, some beaches in Hawaii are considered “nude”; however, this doesn’t mean it’s legal.
Hawaii is overall a very safe place to visit, but it’s never a bad idea to be prepared. At Hoku Hawaii Tours, why not spend a safe day with us as we drive you around to see the sights? Book your excursion today!
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