Did You Know Normal Sunscreen Damages Coral Reef?

We all need to protect ourselves from the harmful effects of too much sun each day, if it is your first time in Thailand or somewhere tropical you are in for a real surprise.

Our tropical sun will burn you much quicker than you think. A five minute ride on a scooter with exposed shoulders will leave many tourists bright red and feeling uncomfortable, thankfully smart tourists use sunscreen to protect their skin and avoid sunburn and skin damage.

But did you know, that your sunscreen is packed full of synthetic chemicals that severely damage our coral reefs and lead to coral reef bleaching? Take this quick test: grab your current sunscreen and check for any of the following active chemical ingredients.
• Oxybenzone
• Avobenzone
• Octinoxate (OMC)
• Octisalate
• Homosalate
• Octocrylene

If your current sunscreen or sun cream contains any of those chemical ingredients, than that sun cream is directly contributing to the high rate of coral reef mortality that many areas of the world are currently experiencing.

What Can I Do As A Scuba Diver Or Snorkeler?
Protecting coral reef from toxic sunscreen is super easy. You simply cover up with clothing and a wide brimmed hat. Sadly that option would end up hiding that awesome beach body you spent all winter working on, right?

Thankfully if you enjoy warming up in the sun in your swimming trunks or bikini after a dive, swim or snorkel, there are now reef safe alternative sunscreens. You can find reef friendly sun creams online before you go on holiday or buy one from our dive shop when you join us for your diving or snorkeling course or tour to Koh Tao or Angthong Marine Park.


We highly recommend Reef Repair reef safe sun cream SPF 30+


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