6 tips to respect the sea on vacation

Responsibly enjoy the full beauty of the natural world on your next sailing adventure

Holidays are, of course, synonymous with rest, kickingback, and enjoying special moments with family, old friends, or new friends. However, there is some environmental etiquette that you can follow, whatever the holidaying occasion, to ensure that you are doing your part to maintain and preserve the oceans. We present 6 practical tips that you can put into use on your next holiday onboard

Limit the use of disposable plastics

Simple things, such as replacing plastic bottles and cups with thermal flasks and other such receptacles with a longer life. Not only do small changes like this have a huge environmental impact, it also makes a difference in waste management and reduces clutter onboard. Next, if there is a real need for one use materials such as plates and cutlery, you can choose to purchase biodegradable materials that can be deposited in the appropriate bins of your next marina.

Do not throw cigarette butts into the sea

Cigarette butts are among the most abundant forms of waste in the oceans taking decades to decompose completely. They represent between 30-40% of the waste of the Mediterranean Sea. So, never throw them in the sea. Use ashtrays.

Don’t be wasteful with fresh water - use seawater where possible.

Fresh water reserves on a boat are limited, and fresh water should always be used sparingly onboard. However, you can go one better by using seawater for tasks such as cleaning the boat and doing the dishes!

Choose environmentally friendly sun creams and soaps

Soaps and sun cream one way or another end up in the sea, and some contain that can be harmful to marine ecosystems. Next time you buy such products check the ingredients for harmful toxins such as oxybenzone.

Bring home unforgettable memories, not precious elements of natural ecosystems

Relish the destinations and special adventures of your holiday, create memories with family and friends - don’t disrupt natural habitats by bringing home part of these ecosystems.. Shells, coral, and starfish belong in their natural habitat.

Turtles, dolphins, and all other inhabitants of the sea don’t need to be distrubed

Everyone is excited to meet their new friends of the sea! However, it is important to understand how to interact with them: respect their personal space (avoiding any chance of scaring - or worse - hurting them), do not intently chase them, and do not throw any food or other materials into the sea. Enjoy the natural experience naturally.