Keep Hawai’i’s Reefs Healthy

Traveling to Hawai’i? Help keep Hawai’i’s coral reefs healthy by following these guidelines below! Also consider making a donation to protect Hawai’i’s coral reefs.

Keep Reefs Healthy
  1. Never touch corals. Even slight contact can harm them, and some can sting or cut you.
  2. Only stand on sand. Never stand or rest on corals, and avoid stirring up the sand.
  3. Take only memories. Don’t take anything out of the water except garbage.
  4. Secure your equipment. If you’re snorkeling or diving, keep your masks and fins on your bodies and off the reefs.
  5. Wear a rash guard. Limit the amount of sunscreen you use by wearing a rash guard. When applying sunscreen, put it on at least 15 minutes before entering the water to ensure it is absorbed.
 Be a Reef Smart Traveler
  1. Stay in a reef-friendly hotel. Research hotels to learn about their commitment to the environment and choose one that embraces reef-friendly practices. Visit our list of reef-friendly hotels in Hawai’i as a reference.
  2. Choose reef-friendly recreation providers. Support sustainable businesses that have green certification seals. Visit our list of reef-friendly businesses in Hawai’i as a reference.
  3. Don’t feed or harass marine life. Help us protect our fish, turtles, and monk seals by keeping them wild.
  4. Eat sustainable seafood. For a list of sustainable foods and foods to avoid, visit

Learn more about how you can become a reef-friendly traveler by clicking here. Thank you for doing your part to help keep Maui’s reefs healthy. Together we can preserve Hawai’i’s coral reefs, and the many benefits they provide, for generations to come.