Snorkeling in Maui – Reef Care – Coral
It’s a sad fact, but the world’s coral reefs are struggling to survive. Climate change, increased ocean acidity, over-fishing, hazardous run-off, and pollution are all taking their toll. Unfortunately, Maui’s reefs are not immune. Careless human interaction is also at fault. Please learn and practice good snorkeling behaviors and encourage others to do the same. Here's an important rule to keep in mind while snorkeling in Maui.
Don't Touch the Coral: Every time a person touches coral, it can weaken and die. Whether it’s an intentional reaching out and wanting to feel the coral or a careless kick of a fin, it has the same effect. While some rationalize, “it's just a little touch,” each “little touch” adds up. Multiply it by several thousand snorkelers a year and you get the idea. Regrettably, damaged coral can be seen in many places around the island. While it should go without saying, we'll say it anyway: Please, never stand on a coral head. If you need to adjust your gear or want to visit with your snorkeling companions, always do so with plenty of clearance between you and the coral. And by the way, you should never feel shy to share this friendly reminder with other snorkelers.
For more ways you can help protect Maui's beautiful reefs, check back frequently or pick up a copy of Mask Fins & Snorkel: The Adventure Guide to Maui's Best Snorkeling!