Photo by: CORAL Staff

When Traveling

Leave only bubbles

Support coral-friendly businesses when traveling—research hotels, restaurants, snorkel and dive operators, and other businesses to learn about their environmental practices. Tourism can damage coral reefs if not conducted properly.

While we don’t recommend specific businesses, we are proud to list our partners in each of our field sites; these partners have participated in CORAL workshops and trainings or have made a commitment to improving their operations.

Mexico – Dive and Snorkel Operators 
Hawai’i – Hotels
Hawai’i – Marine Recreation Providers 

Be a responsible diver, snorkeler, or watcher

While it is the practice of many businesses to educate about and enforce best practices when interacting with the marine environment, it’s still your responsibility to follow these best practices. Download and review CORAL’s best practices guides to ensure you are ready to be in and around the water.

Extensively researched and endorsed by leading partners in conservation, these guidelines embrace the most commonly accepted “best practices” around the world. These simple leaflets provide essential advice to improve your coral reef expertise and give you general guidance on activities around coral reefs. But please, also look out for, and follow, local rules and regulations.

These guidelines are also meant for coral parks practitioners. Whether you are a park manager, dive operator, or part of the local community – these are for you to use and adapt as outreach and education materials. If you need higher resolution files please contact us.

Share your observations with them–and us

Whether or not you select a CORAL partner during your travels, please share any thoughts you have about your experience—both positive and negative—with them and us. Often, businesses will only improve or sustain their practices if their customers demand it, so don’t be shy!

If you have recently traveled to Hawai’i, or are planning to travel there in the near future, please take this short survey to evaluate your snorkel or dive experience.

Support local initiatives and follow local guidelines

If you visit a coral reef destination, help keep it healthy by respecting all guidelines, recommendations, regulations, and customs. If there are local user fees to enjoy marine parks, even voluntary ones, please pay them! In many cases, these fees are the only support a marine park receives for conservation and enforcement.