Kauai Chapter

Ocean Friendly Visitors Program

Welcome to Surfrider Kauai’s
Ocean Friendly Visitor’s Program!

While it’s difficult to find any good from the pandemic shutdowns here on Kauai, one silver lining is that our beaches, ocean and reefs have had time to recover from the 2018 floods, Hurricane Lane and over-tourism.

Now, we’re welcoming visitors back to enjoy our beautiful island, and we invite you to join us in adopting these “best behaviors” to be an Ocean Friendly Visitor (OFV)!

How to Be an Ocean Friendly Visitor on Kauai

  • Help Keep Our Beaches Clean & Beautiful:
    • Spending the day at the beach? Please bring everything you brought in, back out. If public trash bins are full, please dispose of your trash back at your lodging.
    • Do a solo beach cleanup with your family! Send us pictures at campaigns@kauai.surfrider.org and we’ll feature them on our social media. Post on your own social media too with hashtag #OceanFriendlyVisitor and tag Surfrider Kauai.

  • Minimize Plastics: Be sure to pack reusable water bottles and bags to minimize the use of plastics that litter our beaches, harm marine life and poison our oceans.
  • Protect Our Reefs: Use only reef friendly sunscreen (widely available island-wide) – or try skipping the sunscreen and wear a rash guard instead!
  • Protect Marine Life:
    • Please admire Hawaiian seals and turtles from afar.
    • Please don’t remove or step on coral.
  • Practice COVID-19 Etiquette: Please use and properly dispose of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – including masks, gloves and wipes. And of course use reusable PPE whenever possible!

Mahalo for Being an Ocean Friendly Visitor!
Together, We Can Protect What We Love.