I've been browsing a number of the topics on this forum and other internet sites and I am surprised by how many dangers there are on Kauai. These kind of dangers are very foreign to me (ex. I've been turning my back to the ocean on New England area beaches since I was 2), and I want to make sure that I don't put myself in danger through ignorance.
Here are the locations / activities that I know are - or at least have the potential to be - very dangerous for an "average" fit individual:
- Queen's Beach if there are any sort of significant swells
- Jumping or rope swinging into Kipu Falls
- Hiking to the bottom of Wailua Falls
- Hiking to the top or bottom of Opaekaa Falls
- Any activity that has a sign posted saying not to do it (or a fence blocking entry)
I'll also be perusing the following website to get safety tips:
If you know of any other dangerous tourist activities or good safety websites to review, I'd appreciate it if you could share them. I'm not talking about the everything-could-be-dangerous kind of danger, I'm talking about the kind of danger that makes the average (knowledgeable / local) person go "they shouldn't have been there in the first place" when someone get's hurt or killed.
Also, I read somewhere that "all maintained trails are signed." Is that true, and if so, does that mean if there is no sign explicitly saying "XYZ Trail" or "ABC Falls/Pool/Etc." the trail, pool, etc. should be avoided?
Side note: I know that different people have different risk tolerances, but (if it's okay for me to ask this) please don't respond that something someone else has posted isn't really dangerous. I'm looking for a relatively comprehensive list and would hate for this thread to turn into a debate about whether something is really dangerous and should be avoided. Thanks!