Voluntary Standards for Marine Tourism in Hawai’i

In 2009, CORAL completed a project working with marine recreation industry stakeholders in West Hawaii to develop the West Hawai’i Voluntary Standards for Marine Tourism (WHVS). These regional standards are now improving and ensuring better environmental performance in SCUBA diving and snorkeling, general boating (including surfing and kayaking), wildlife interactions (including marine mammals, invertebrates, manta rays, and sharks), and shoreline activities.

Over thirty marine tourism providers on Hawai’i Island have signed on to adopt the standards and have agreed to assist CORAL in evaluating them for their overall effectiveness, attainability, and affordability. CORAL is now working to expand these efforts to other areas of Hawai’i.
Read the standards here.
Below is a list of marine recreation providers that have signed on to adopt the West Hawai’i Voluntary Standards:

Adventures in Paradise

Big Island Divers
Big Island Divers logo bigislanddivers.com

Blue Wilderness Dive Adventures

Blue Sea Cruises
Blue Sea Cruises logo blueseacruisesinc.com

Body Glove Cruises
Body Glove Logo bodyglovehawaii.com

Captain Zodiac Rafting Adventures
Captain Zodiac Logo


“We joined CORAL for the opportunity to share our beliefs in reef conservation with other like minded people and to educate visitors in the protection of our environment.”

Dolphin Discoveries
Captain Zodiac Logo dolphindiscoveries.com

Dolphin Journeys
Dolphin Journeys Logo dolphinjourneys.com

Dolphin Quest
Dolphin Journeys Logo dolphinquest.com

Fair Wind Cruises
Fair Wind Logo


“Our company has always been concerned and appreciative of our pristine environment. CORAL exemplifies environmental awareness and protection through education and hands on training for industry participants. We are proud to be in association with CORAL in developing the Kona Standards and look forward to participating in the Kona Program.”

Hawai’i Pack and Paddle

Hula Kai Cruises
Hula Kai Logo fair-wind.com

Island RV
Island RV islandrv.com

Jack’s Diving Locker
Jacks Diving Locker Logo jacksdivinglocker.com

Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment,
The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua

Kahalu’u Bay Education Center

Kalena Nai’a

Kohala Divers
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“We are thrilled that CORAL is supporting marine conservation in Hawaii and are happy to support the organization. We believe that our enthusiasm for the underwater world combined with education on preserving our oceans will allow many to enjoy our precious reefs now and for generations to come.”

Kona Boys
Kona Boys Logo konaboys.com

Kona Honu Divers, Inc., Est 2002
Kona Honu Divers Logo konahonudivers.com

Kona Mike’s Surf Adventures

Kona Snorkel Tours

Manta Ray Dives of Hawaii
Maras Dive logo mantaraydiveshawaii.com

Mara’s Dive
Maras Dive logo marasdive.com

Maui Ocean Activities

Maui UnderSea Adventures

Neptune Charlies Ocean Safaris

Ocean Eco Tours

Ocean Sports
Ocean Sports logo hawaiioceansports.com

One Love One Spirit
Pacific Rim Divers

Pirate Chaters Kona

Prodiver Maui

Sea Hawaii Rafting


“Sea Hawaii Rafting is signing up for CORAL to do our part in raising awareness of the importance to running a Eco Friendly business and lifestyle. In taking part of the program we are helping the community come one step closer to preserving the Hawaiian Islands and its surrounding for many generations to come.”

Sea Paradise
Sea Paradise logo seaparadise.com

Sea Quest Rafting and Snorkeling Adventures
Sea Quest Logo


“Sea Quest supports the West Hawaii Voluntary Standards because we want to preserve our environment and the unique ecosystem it supports for future generations of visitors and kama’aina to experience and enjoy.”

Splasher’s Ocean Adventures
Splasher's Ocean Adventures logo splashersoceanadventures.com

Torpedo Tours

Trilogy Excursions (Maui County)

Underwater Adventures Hawaii
Underwater Adventures Hawaii logo underwateradventureshawaii.com

Wild Side Specialty Tours (Oahu)


Please note: Listings on this site do not indicate official endorsement of any company by CORAL. A listing indicates only that 1) the marine recreation company participated in the standards development (Hawai’i Island only), adoption, and implementation process, and has agreed to assist in the standards field-testing and evaluation; 2) the hotel or condo has agreed to carry out several stewardship objectives as outlined by CORAL through this project.