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Choosing Reef-Safe Sunscreen for Your MANA Adventure

Today we focus on the Sun, Sand & Sustainability!!

As the sun dips below the horizon, painting the sky with fiery Hawaiian hues, you’ve just finished another incredible day of exploring the wonders of the islands with MANA Cruises. From snorkeling among beautiful coral reefs to cruising up the magnificent Oahu coastline, your Mana adventure has been a symphony of nature’s beauty. 

Protecting this paradise requires more than just enjoying it – it demands a commitment to eco-friendly practices, starting with the sunscreen you choose.


Forget the days of chemical-laden sunscreens that are no good for our oceans and harm the very ecosystems we cherish. MANA Cruises is proud to partner with Kokua Sun Care, a local Hawaiian company dedicated to creating reef-safe, mineral-based sunscreens that protect your skin without harming delicate coral reefs.


Here’s why choosing reef-safe sunscreen matters:

  • Coral Bleaching: Oxybenzone and octinoxate, common ingredients in many sunscreens, are toxic to coral larvae, hindering their development and contributing to coral bleaching.
  • Marine Life Disruption: Chemicals from sunscreens can disrupt the delicate balance of marine ecosystems, harming fish, algae, and other vital creatures.
  • Pollution: Traditional sunscreens wash off into the ocean, polluting the water and jeopardizing the health of marine life.

Kokua Sun Care steps up to the plate with its innovative mineral-based formulas. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, the active ingredients in their sunscreens, sit on the surface of your skin, reflecting UV rays without harming coral reefs or marine life. Plus, their products are:

  • Biodegradable: Made with natural ingredients that break down quickly, minimizing environmental impact.
  • Oxybenzone and Octinoxate-Free: Keeping our oceans and reefs healthy for generations to come.
  • Cruelty-Free and Vegan: Aligned with MANA Cruises’ commitment to responsible tourism practices.

By choosing Kokua Sun Care, you’re not just protecting your skin – you’re becoming an active participant in preserving the magic of Hawaii. Here are some ways to embrace reef-safe practices on your MANA adventure:

  • Apply sunscreen before boarding the boat: Applying sunscreen out of the sun before sun exposure helps keep your skin safe. 
  • Reapply diligently: Use a reef-safe sunscreen and reapply every two hours, especially after swimming or sweating.
  • Seek shade: Remember, the best sun protection is avoiding direct sunlight!  Our vessels have ample space and coverage.
  • Spread the word: Educate your fellow travelers about the importance of reef-safe sunscreen.

Your MANA Cruises adventure is an opportunity to connect with the breathtaking beauty of Hawaii. But it’s also a chance to become a responsible steward of this precious ecosystem. By choosing Kokua Sun Care, you’re making a conscious decision to protect the coral reefs, the marine life, and the future of this island paradise. So, lather up with reef-safe sunscreen, embrace the spirit of aloha, and dive into the wonders of Hawaii – knowing you’re leaving nothing but footprints behind.

Together, let’s ensure that the sun continues to kiss the Hawaiian shores and the vibrant coral reefs dance beneath the waves for generations to come. Mahalo for choosing MANA Cruises and Kokua Sun Care – let’s make your island adventure one that nourishes both your soul and the environment!

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