You may have heard rumour that sunscreen washing off swimmers and divers is killing the coral reef.
Those rumours, sadly, are entirely true.
To preserve our beautiful ocean, we need to be alert to this potential danger and be responsible travellers.
Please be sure to check the label on the bottle before you buy sunscreen. Avoid products that conatin these four ingredients:
- Oxybenzone (very common, sometimes written as Benzophenone-3, or BP-3)
- Octinoxate (Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate)
- 4-methylbenzylidene camphor (4MBC)
These chemicals have been shown to harm coral, even in really tiny concentrations, like one drop in six and a half Olympic swimming pools!
An estimated 6,000 – 14,000 tonnes of sunscreen wash off swimmers into the coral reef environments every year. That’s not even counting the amount that washes into the ocean from our water waste systems.
Cabarete is an ocean-centred town. We love the beach and hope you will take pleasure in its beauty. Please do your bit to take care of it, too.