Jellyfish sting are often in the news and with proper planning and caution, do not need to be part of your Hawaii vacation. Our post today also features other issues you may encounter and our advice for avoiding problems here.
Hawaii Jellyfish stings
Read our annual Hawaii jellyfish stings update to stay current on where and when these could be a problem on your Hawaii vacation.
Tips: Check the full moon calendar when planning your vacation and add 8 days. In 2017 the next warning dates start May 18, June 17 and July 16. This gives you the approximate date jellyfish arrive on the Hawaiian Islands’ south facing beaches only. Expect them to be a problem for 3 days. The seriousness of the invasions varies from month to month.
While mosquitoes can be dangerous and transmit diseases like Zika and West Nile virus, malaria and dengue fever, we have not had any of these problems of recent here in Hawaii. The likelihood of being bitten is far worse towards sunset and when in wooded or especially wet areas. Unless you have a rare reaction, bites are usually self-resolving. To expedite that, don’t scratch no matter what. Doing so always makes the bites itch worse and/or last longer. Beyond that breaking the skin can result in infection, and Hawaii is definitely known for nasty skin infections.
Tips: First avoid the sting. We do that with Deep Woods Off , which works great in Hawaii and with Natural Mosquito Repellent. Things to ease the itch include After Bite, hydro-cortisone cream, calamine lotion or a paste made from meat tenderizer and water. Another suggestion is to apply a cold papaya (save half to eat). Ice might make it feel better too.
Centipedes and scorpions
Okay, on the subject of scorpions, yes they are here in Hawaii. If you’ve ever seen one, please let us know. We’ve only seen one dead one, once. Centipedes – we have plenty. We’ve written about them before, which remain among some of our most popular non-deal posts. You’ll find a plethora of comments about them on our site, with others foibles, and care suggestions.
With ocean all around, and cruising or sailing experiences abundant, avoiding seasickness is a high priority. There are so many theories on how to take precautions, but for me, being on the ocean during relatively calm conditions is always number one. Read Avoid Motion Sickness on Your Trip.
Keeping out of the sun or wearing covering (and SPF protectant) clothes during the hottest part of the day is obviously the best choice. Second is good sunscreen. I’ve been sticking with the recommendations from the Environmental Work Group.
Read our just updated Hawaiian Sunscreen | Health and Safety Updates.
These can be very painful and serious, with the distinct possibility of infection, and are clearly best avoided. If you get scraped, however, here are some basic suggestions:
First, clean the scrape with soap and water. Then clean with hydrogen peroxide diluted with water. Rinse again and apply an antiseptic/antibiotic ointment. If it’s at all serious or shows sign of an infection, consult a physician. Hawaii has lots of urgent care locations where these are most often treated.
This is perhaps one of the greatest concerns for Hawaii visitors. Underestimating the danger of the ocean can, and frequently does lead, to injury or death. It’s always smart to read the ocean safety brochure in your hotel room on arrival. If you aren’t completely sure of the situation, swim where there is a lifeguard.
Tip: Read our Top 10 Hawaii Beach Safety Tips.
Your Mainland health insurance should work here. And in the event you need to seek medical attention, it’s good to know that you’re in good hands. Hawaii health care often scores near the top in the national healthcare score card.
Hawaii is a “no-fault state.” Your own vehicle insurance will pay the bills for your injuries and your passengers’ injuries. And you cannot sue or be sued unless there are serious injuries. “No-fault” applies to injuries, not to vehicles or property, so the driver-at-fault in an accident is responsible for damages to vehicle and property.
These are definitely something to avoid, and the best way is to simply slow down. Hawaii is known for strict speed enforcement, often using laser detection. Read our Ten Safe Driving Tips for Hawaii Visitors.
Lost or delayed luggage
There’s a post coming about this subject. One of us just experienced two days of delayed luggage in travels and it wasn’t pretty. We were so happy to have purchased trip insurance.
Next, it’s helpful to photograph your luggage exterior and its contents in case of loss or delay. (It seems like we’re always running around at the last minute and never think to do this). If something doesn’t show up in Hawaii, the good news is that most bags are recovered and will be delivered to your hotel at no cost.
Tip: If your bag is delayed, ask about the airline’s policy for replacing things you may need in the interim. Our airline said they provided nothing unless the bag was totally lost!
Baggage delay must happen frequently as we often see the delivery truck driving around the island. In the unlikely event your bag is truly lost and not just delayed, the maximum liability of domestic flights is $3,300 per person. This is where your photos of what’s inside will really pay off.