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Snorkeling in coral areas. Responsible practice guide

Snorkeling in coral reef areas

It is essential to recognize the importance of coral reefs as one of the most impressive and fragile ecosystems on the planet. As they face an uncertain future due to environmental threats, snorkeling enthusiasts and other visitors play a critical role in their protection and preservation.

By following these simple recommendations, you can become a snorkeler who positively contributes to the health of corals and oceans.


Do not touch anything 

Keep a respectful distance from everything you encounter in the water. Physical contact can damage delicate corals and scare marine life.

Respect for marine life

Do not chase, mount or harass marine animals. Observe their behavior without intervening in their natural habitat.

Don't pick up anything 

Unless it's trash, don't remove anything, dead or alive, from the water. Harvesting can negatively affect ecosystems.


Do not feed or handle

 Do not feed marine animals and avoid touching them, unless you do so under the supervision of experts and following specific rules.

Without gloves

Avoid wearing gloves in coral environments. This will make you more aware of what you touch and minimize potential damage. 


Responsible anchoring

Choose dive operators that use mooring buoys instead of anchors, as the latter can damage corals by falling directly on them.

Garbage on board

Make sure trash is stored properly, especially lightweight plastic items that can easily fall into water.

take your trash

Don't leave any trace of your visit. Take all your waste with you and dispose of it properly.


Conservation support

Collaborate with the management of Corales Marine Parks and other conservation projects.

Visitor fees

Pay visitor fees at protected areas and recognized reserves that actively support conservation.

Waste management

Take all trash with you, especially toxic items like batteries, which can be difficult to dispose of properly in places without proper waste management systems.

Use of buoys

 Supports the use of boat mooring buoys and promotes responsible anchoring practices.

Local participation

Get involved in local environmental monitoring and cleanup initiatives.

Do not buy marine flora or fauna

Avoid buying objects made of coral, turtles or other marine species protected by national and international laws.


Volunteer your help in protected areas, such as tours, reef data collection, education and awareness.

Helpful donations

Consider donating used equipment, such as cameras, scuba gear, or coral identification guides.

Share these practices

Educate your fellow divers and share these conservation practices so we can all work together to protect and preserve coral reefs for future generations.

Conservation is a shared responsibility. Together, we can make a difference and ensure a healthy and prosperous future for these amazing marine ecosystems.


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