Are there rip tides in Hawaii?

Most of Hawaii’s beaches look inviting and for many people, the word “beach” is equivalent to “fun.” However, swimming in the ocean is unlike swimming in a pool and especially in Hawaii, powerful shorebreaks, high surf, strong currents and rip tides are common.

Are there rip tides in Maui?

He explains that there are different types of rip currents, and that there are certain popular visitor spots on Maui that have strong ones. On Feb. 1, 2017, three men had to be saved from Nāpili Bay due to a strong rip current. Chief Yamamoto explains that the north side at Nāpili Bay has a rip current.

Can you swim in rip currents?

Trying to swim against a rip current will only use up your energy; energy you need to survive and escape the rip current. Do NOT try to swim directly into to shore. Swim along the shoreline until you escape the current’s pull.

Are rip tides rare?

Experts say these rip currents are more common than rare, and can at times be deadly. Yet researchers at Oregon State University, who have been studying the phenomena for years, say rip currents can be hard to see from the beach, and harder still to predict.

Where can you not swim in Hawaii?

Located on the secluded Na Pali Coast, Hanakapiai Beach has been called the most dangerous beach in Hawaii. The water often looks fine, but a dangerous rip current has swept several people out to sea. Near Oahu’s southeastern tip is Sandy’s, as the locals like to call it, a beach with year-round crushing shore break.

Is Makapuu beach Safe?

Makapuu Beach is rated in a state study as Oahu’s most dangerous beach. The five-year study by the Department of Health shows Makapuu with an annual rate of 91 rescues for every 100-thousand people in the water. This is the highest rate among Oahu’s 19 beaches. Nearby Sandy Beach had the second highest with 82.

How many people have drowned in Maui?

DOH’s Emergency and Injury Prevention System Branch reported a total of 93 fatal ocean drownings in 2019 statewide, including 37 residents and 56 visitors. Of those, 21 were in Maui waters.

How many people drown a year in Maui?


County Count Rate
Hawaii 38 18.72
Honolulu 124 11.78
Kauai 9 11.29
Maui 25 14.86

How do you escape a rip tide?

Wave, yell, The best way to survive a rip current is to stay afloat and yell for help. You can also swim parallel to the shore to escape the rip current. This will allow more time for you to be rescued or for you to swim back to shore once the current eases.