A visit to the Pacific Islands or any tropical climate for that matter is a trip of a life time. However, there are dangers to be aware of while on vacation. Not the dangers of forgetting your passport or not bringing enough cash to buy each friend and family member a bottle of run, but the dangers of potential harm, While most people stay on a resort when visiting the tropics, some people prefer instead to see the sites on their own and get a true feel for what life is like on the island. Here are some precautions to take when mingling amongst the native population.
1.) Picture Takers- When tourists visit tropical islands, there are always natives looking to get some of those tourist dollars. One way they do this is to offer to take a picture of you and your significant other in exchange for a tip. This is typically fine, however there have been many reported instances of the picture taker making off with the camera as they pretend to take your photo. Furthermore, if they approach with an accomplice, they could take your belongings that you had temporarily set down in order to pose for the picture. Do not accept the invitation in remote areas where there is no assistance around in the event of a theft.
2.) Be Prepared to be Offered Drugs- Indeed, if you are on a tropical vacation it is more likely than not you will be offered drugs at one point or another. Locals know that you can’t take marijuana or other drugs on the plane with you so they offer to see them to you on the island. It is best not to respond to the offer at all or soundly but politely reject the offer.