So you’re planning your first trip to Hawaii!
You’ve found the cheapest flight to Hawaii that you could, maybe a cheap hotel in Waikiki, and now you’re off to more detailed planning… along with thinking about the best things to do and what to pack for Hawaii! Report this ad
When you’re looking for the best things to do in Hawaii, like the best beaches and the best hikes, it can be good to start with what NOT to do when you’re in Hawaii as a first-time visitor.
These could have been mistakes you make on your first trip to Hawaii.
But after reading this, you will know better. 😉
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Now… Things to keep in mind as you’re planning your first trip to Hawaii
If you’re at a beach known for turtle sightings, or you go on a snorkeling tour, you may get excited when you spot a turtle.
But just know that in Hawaii, it’s a big deal to make sure you respect the turtles aka honu.
This mainly means avoiding doing anything that could potentially disturb them.
Turtles in Hawaii are protected by both the federal government and state government under wildlife conservation laws.
The State of Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources “urges people to give basking honu space to allow them to rest undisturbed, and suggests keeping a 6- to 10-foot buffer as a best practice for sea turtle viewing.”
So don’t be an uneducated tourist! Don’t touch the turtles!
And if you do see an uneducated tourist touching a turtle, please don’t bite their head off! It’s probably just that they really don’t know, and it’s an innocent mistake.
Instead, politely explain to them that it’s not a good thing to be touching the turtles.
Mistake #2: Not knowing how to say “thank you” in the Hawaiian language