Coming to raratonga in 16 days, very excited, just wondering if it’s safe to walk on the beach without shoes on.
It really is safer not to walk on the beach in bare feet. Reef shoes are always recommended for swimming in the lagoon and these can also be worn for walking on the beach.
There are often bits of coral mixed up with the sand - this can be painful if you tread on it and a coral cut can easily become infected. You'll also come across the occasional shard of glass. It's not as common as in past years and the tide acts fairly quickly to blunt any sharp edges but it's best to avoid it.
And very occasionally you may come across a bluebottle jellyfish which has been blown ashore. These are not common and only occur when it has been windy, but even though they look dead they can still sting.
And if you're thinking of paddling in the shallows during these walks I'd most definitely wear reef shoes in case of stone fish although most reports seem to be during the Spring months.
Enjoy the anticipation of your visit. I hope you have a wonderful trip. Walking on the beach is one of my favourite things to do on all my visits.
I wear jandals, crocs and reef shoes along the beaches. I find all 3 forms of footwear to be comfy and protect my feet from the sharp bits of coral and shells in the sand. If you are referring to Arorangi, as the forum heading suggests, there are sharper bits or coral and shell in this location.
Some of the beaches have finer sand, like Muri for example. I often see visitors on this beach in barefoot.
Today we are enjoying a lovely day. And there was a beautiful sunset last night. All the best for your island visit.
There is also the odd piece of broken glass hanging around.
If anyone else besides Walter sees the odd piece of broken glass hanging around, would you mind doing us all a favour and picking it up for safe removal from the beach please? If everyone does their bit to protect a very fragile environment we will all benefit.
Frangipani - I also mentioned broken glass in my post.
And I have been picking it up and taking it away for years. Maybe that's why I'm not seeing as much nowadays?
Brilliant. Meitaki maata/thankyou much for picking up the pieces of glass off the beach, NZlilibet. Wish we could encourage more tourists to do their bit.
You're so welcome. But it would be so much better if it wasn't there in the first place!
But, as I said before, it's lucky that the tide does its bit in blunting the glass shards fairly quickly or there would be some nasty accidents.
Well... I can also say that on NZ beaches there are some awful instances of horrible debris left behind by locals in the main. Wouldn't it be wonderful if everyone respected our environment. Afraid this isn't so today.
We all need to continue to do our bit - residents and visitors alike. Kia manuia
During our month long visits to Aitutaki as part of his daily walk my husband carries one of those rubbish picker-uppers that can grab cans and bottles and other items from the roadside. He carries a rubbish bag with him and finds that he always has some things for the rubbish bin. I am the irritating passenger on the lagoon tour that drags back for disposal the odd plastic item or sad "floated millions of miles" toothbrush. Thanks to the Yellow Boat for always having a bag for these sad finds on Maina or One Foot. It won't stay beautiful if we all don't do our part