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Before You Go
International visitors should buy travel insurance for emergencies before they visit Maui. US citizens should check their health insurance policies to see if they are covered for treatments on Maui.
No vaccinations are required for a trip to Maui, but it's always worth packing a basic first aid kit and some iodine or peroxide if you're planning on swimming near coral.
There are plenty of drug stores and pharmacies on Maui, where travelers can pick up household medical items.
- Health insurance is a must.
- Iodine is a handy extra for your first aid kit if going in the water.
- SPF 30+ sun block is advisable for Maui. You can also check the UV rating for your trip at http://uv.willyweather.com
Availability and cost of healthcare
Healthcare is readily available on Maui. Clinics such as Doctors on Call Maui (www.doctorsoncallmaui.com) are open 365 days a year. However, consultations on the island are expensive, ranging from $150 to $200 before tax.
Maui's tap water is safe to drink and meets all standards set out by the federal and state governments. The taste of the water differs in parts of the county, depending on the mineral content in the water. Even though the water is completely safe to drink, travelers who are not used to a particular mineral content may find it unsettles their stomach. Bottled water is supereasy to pick up at supermarkets; a case costs around $4.
Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)
It's possible to contract staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Hawaii and some types of antibiotic-resistant staph infections can be fatal. Staph infections are caused by bacteria that enter the body through an open wound. To prevent infection, practice good hygiene, apply antibiotic ointment to any open cuts or sores and keep them out of recreational water; if they’re on your feet don’t go barefoot, even on the sand. If a wound becomes painful, looks red, inflamed or swollen, leaks pus or causes a rash or blisters, seek medical help immediately.