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We invite you to join the Safe Sunscreen Coalition and encourage reef-safe sunscreen use. Sunscreens can directly impact people, marine life, and corals so it’s important that we all use sunscreens that are natural (mineral based) and exclude ingredients that can harm life in the ocean.


Between 6,000 and 14,000 tons of sunscreen lotion finds its way onto coral reefs annually according to the U.S. National Park Service.


Oxybenzone is often found in sunscreen lotion and can damage coral DNA resulting in reefs that look “healthy but are actually sterile and dead – so they cannot reproduce.”

Ingredients you want to avoid in your sunscreen that can negatively impact people, marine life, and corals.

Listed above are ingredients you want to avoid in your sunscreen that can negatively impact people, marine life, and corals.


  • The waters surrounding Hawaii’s eight main islands contain more than 410,000 acres of living coral reefs.
  • And because of Hawaii’s geographic isolation, the reefs support unique life including the Hawaiian Monk Seal, the Bandit Angelfish, even some of the types of coral that compose the reef – all of which are found nowhere else on earth.
  • Coral reefs are some of the world’s most productive ecosystems and they form nurseries for roughly a quarter of the world’s fisheries, and more than a billion people depend on reefs for their livelihoods.
  • Hawaii’s coral reefs earned the state more than $356 million dollars annually in tourist revenue alone, so they are actively working to protect them.


  • Bermuda’s coral reefs are some of the northern most reefs in the North Atlantic and many of them are quite large.
  • Corals require warm water temperature to the range of 76-85 degrees Fahrenheit to survive.
  • Fortunately, the nearby Gulf Stream keeps the water around Bermuda warm and clean.
  • The coral reefs around Bermuda have remained quite healthy even though in the winter, the water temperature falls below the level that corals ideally need.

The Dolphin Quest Connection

  • Dolphin Quest only promotes and sells safe sunscreens that do not include any of the harmful ingredients previously listed.
  • We sell sunscreen from Stream2Sea and Little Hands Hawaii.
  • Dolphin Quest Hawaii and Dolphin Quest Oahu are both Safe Sunscreen Certified.
  • Dolphin Quest Bermuda is SunSmart Certified.

Safe Sunscreen Certified

  • We are Safe Sunscreen Certified at Dolphin Quest Hawaii and Dolphin Quest Oahu because we only sell safe sunscreens in our gift shops.
  • The Safe Sunscreen mission is: Promoting better sunscreen choices, for people are the environment. We help connect eco-conscious consumers with shops carrying safer sunscreens free of toxins, carcinogens, and hormone disruptors!
  • Check out their website here: Safe Sunscreen.

SunSmart Certified

  • The SunSmart program is a school and summer camp-based program which aims to increase the awareness of our youth about the importance of practicing SunSmart behaviors while outdoors.
  • This program seeks to influence individuals who are responsible for protecting others such as parents, teachers, friends, and other family members with SunSmart behaviors.
  • The goal is to prevent the dangerous outcomes of sun exposure such as premature aging, skin leathering, and skin cancer.
  • Dolphin Quest Bermuda is SunSmart Certified, and our Crew Members have been educated on how to promote safe sun exposure to our guests, including using ocean-safe sunscreen to also help protect our coral reefs and the animals that live in them.
  • Check out their website here: SunSmart.