Non reef-safe sunscreen is banned and not permitted on our island. All volunteers must bring only reef-safe sunscreen. On average 14,000 tons of sunscreen slide off of humans and onto the world’s coral reefs each year, exposing these gorgeous underwater ecosystems to chemicals that kill them. The science has become irrefutable, chemicals in sunscreen (most notably oxybenzone and octinoxate) kill developing coral, increase the bleaching of coral and damage the developing polyps.
List of the Best Recommended Reef-Safe Sunscreens on the Market
Badger SPF 30 Unscented Sunscreen Cream
Stream2Sea SPF 30 Mineral Sunblock
Thinksport SPF 50 Sunscreen
All Good SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen Lotion
Coral Safe All Natural Biodegradable Sunscreen
Sun Bum Reef Friendly Ingredients Sunscreen
Babo Botanicals SPF 30 Clear Zinc Lotion
Raw Elements SPF 30 Certified Natural Sunscreen
Tropical Sands Biodegradable Mineral Sunscreen
Unfortunately, there are no places in Belize to buy reef-safe sunscreen. So, it’s important you get it before your trip departure.
We want all of our volunteers to enjoy the beauty of our reef ecosystem and together we hope to set the example for a more sustainable future. We only have one reef and we all have an opportunity to do this one small thing to protect it.