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read icon1. Read and adopt the Environmental Pledge for Snorkeling located below. IMPORTANT!

boy with sunscreen application2.  Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes BEFORE getting in the water.  *Complimentary reef-friendly sunscreen is available for our passengers, and can also be purchased in our gift shop.

3.  Re-use your cup by writing your name on your cup from the bar in which you will receive free refills of soda. You will be helping save a significant amount of recycle garbage on board. These cups are made out of corn, though if we have 100 people per cruise and everyone uses 1 cup each — that’s 70,000 cups a year!

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picture - don't step on reef4. The boat is our beach, there is absolutely no reason to touch the shore or marine life.

If you have questions about the marine life, please ask any of our informed crew – they will be happy to talk to you and answer your questions. Have a wonderful time while here in Kona and please come back and see us another time.


The precious coral reefs of Hawaii are facing many serious threats from human actions. Divers, snorkelers and other recreational users can harm coral reef ecosystems if they behave carelessly and do not show respect for marine life. Hundreds of thousands of people visit Hawaiian reefs every year, so small individual actions can add up to have a significant effect. Because we care about our coral reefs and want to do everything possible to reduce human impacts, we ask that you commit to not participating in potentially destructive behavior. Following these rules of responsible marine recreation will help you to better understand and appreciate coral reefs while you help to preserve this unique ecosystem for future generations.

I pledge to minimize my impact to the sensitive coral ecosystem by following these rules of responsible marine recreation below.


  1. Never touch, stand-on, or kick the coral reef.sustainable tourism badge
  2. Carefully select points of entry and exit to avoid damaging areas of the reef.
  3. Secure all dangling equipment and accessories.
  4. Maintain neutral buoyancy at all times (divers).
  5. Maintain a comfortable distance from the bottom to avoid contact with the reef
    and kicking-up of sediments while snorkeling, free diving, or SNUBA diving.
  6. Never throw food or rubbish into the water or feed fish.
  7. Never chase, move or manipulate marine life or habitat.
  8. Move slowly and deliberately in the water.
  9. If new to Hawaii waters, I will go with a guide the first time, or at minimum
    seek local knowledge to orient myself to local waterways,
    ocean conditions, marine life and local guidelines>
    and regulations.

Mahalo for your help. Fair Wind Cruises and it’s closely held corporations commit to minimize its impact of its activities on the environment.

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