Coral reefs are one of the world’s most spectacular marine habitats and snorkelling is an excellent way of exploring them. As coral reefs face an increasingly uncertain future, snorkellers and other coral reef visitors can play an important role in helping to protect these fragile habitats. Follow these simple guidelines to help protect the coral reefs you visit.
The key for successful snorkelling is relaxation in the water. With practice, you will improve your snorkelling skills and become more comfortable. A relaxed snorkeller sees more and gets greater pleasure and appreciation of the underwater environment.
Some helpful hints for your safety and enjoyment whilst snorkelling:
The coral reef is a fragile ecosystem, please look but do not touch. Avoid all contact with corals and other marine life for your safety and the corals’.
Please do not take shells as they may still be alive or a vacant home for a marine organism.
If you get tired and want to rest, return to the beach, or find a patch of sand away from the reef on which to stand. Please do not stand on the reef as the damage can take decades to recover.
Being a coral friendly snorkeller not only helps protect coral reefs directly, it also helps to raise awareness for coral reefs. Remember, we are visitors in the underwater world so be polite and leave it as you found it.