Camp Olowalu's mission embraces the protection of our coral reef. Since our location provides easy access to Olowalu Reef, one of them most important reef systems around Maui, our responsibility includes raising awareness of our guests. There are a few simple rules to follow which will help our reef stay as alive and beautiful as it is now.
- Do not wear commercial sunscreen while snorkeling
Scientists have discovered that a common chemical called benzophenone-2, or BP-2, can kill juvenile corals, causes colorful corals to bleach, and can potentially induce or increase the frequency of mutation in corals.
Easy solution: Wear protective clothing instead, and/or used environmentally friendly sunscreen.
- Do not step on coral
Feet, with or without fins, are a hazard to any coral reef, as they can cause coral to break of and damage the protective outer layer of a coral.
- Do not touch ocean creatures
Many types of sea creatures call the reef their home. Most of them coexist, and live by a simple rule, live and let live. Please respect this fragile eco-system and do not touch anything, no matter how inviting it may be. Some creatures do have sharp teeth, and while timid, may bite when feeling threatened.
- Observe Marine Life from a distance
Remember that we are a relatively new visitor to this fragile eco-system.
- Respect Hawaii's Sea Turtles
All sea turtles in Hawai‘i are protected under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 and wildlife laws of the State of Hawai‘i (Title 13, Chapter 124, Hawaii Administrative Laws – posted online at http://files.hawaii.gov/dlnr/dofaw/rules/Chap124.pdf ). Under state law, violation is a misdemeanor criminal offense, punishable by a fine up to $2,000 and/or 30 days in jail. The recommended distance for observation of sea turtles in the wild is 50 yards. Please remember that feeding, touching, or attempting to ride them could cause distress.
Report violations to:
NOAA Fisheries Enforcement
(808) 541-2727 (statewide)
NOAA Fisheries Enforcement Hotline
1 (800) 853-1964,
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Or call Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement at (808) 587-0077.