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4 Tips for Ecofriendly Travel in Hawaii

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1) Rise Above Plastics

Buy a reusable water  bottle opposed to buying plastic water bottles at the store. Americans are using 50 billion water bottles each year and only recycle 23% of the plastic bottles. This adds up to 38 billion water bottles into the landfills. Hawaii’s landfills are at max capacity, needed us to export tons of waste to the continental US for disposal.

2) Eat at Ocean Friendly Restaurants

Ocean Friendly Restaurants is an initiative that the Surfrider Foundation Program is leading that recognizes eco-conscious eateries in Hawaii. To qualify as “Ocean Friendly” the restaurant must meet the following criteria

No polystyrene. aka styrfoam, all take out containers must be compostable or recyclable.
Proper recycling practices are followed, to the extent available in the community.
Only reusable tableware is used for on site dining, and utensils for to-go food are provided only upon request. .
No plastic bags offered.

 

3) Reef Safe Sunscreen

Many sunscreens are made with chemical called oxybenzone. Oxybenzone is considered extremely harmful to coral reefs and is toxic at very low concentrations.

You can do your part in limit the use of sunscreen by wearing UV protection clothing and using sunscreen that is made with zinc oxide, like those from Badger.

4) Look for tours certified by Hawaii Ecotouism Association

Last year, we were certified as a sustainable tour with Hawaii Ecotouism Association. HEA is a member-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization run by volunteers. Their mission is to protect Hawaii’s unique, natural environment and host culture through the promotion of responsible travel and educational programs, relating to sustainable tourism for residents, businesses and visitors.

Na Pali Experience is committed to keeping our precious Na Pali Coast pristine and preserved for everyone to enjoy. We are proud to take responsibility in being sustainable, low-impact and eco-friendly operation.

If you’re ready to have an eco-friendly experience on Na Pali, book your tour with us today!