Remember to Use “Reef Safe” Sunscreen When Visiting the Beach

How are we unknowingly killing the reefs? – Sunscreen

The sunscreen that snorkelers, beachgoers and children romping in the waves lather on for protection is killing coral and reefs around the globe. A new study finds that a single drop in a small area is all it takes for the chemicals in the lotion to mount an attack. The study determined that a tiny amount of sunscreen is all it takes to begin damaging the delicate corals — the equivalent of a drop of water in a half-dozen Olympic-sized swimming pools — The ingredients Oxybenzone and Octinoxate breaks the coral down, robbing it of life-giving nutrients and turning it ghostly white.

Across the world each year, up to 14,000 tons of sunscreen lotions are discharged into coral reef, and much of it “contains between 1 and 10 percent oxybenzone.”

Coral reefs are more than just exotic displays of color on the sea bed. They spawn the fish humans eat and protect miles of coast from storm surge. Local economies also receive billions of dollars from visitors to reefs through diving tours, recreational fishing trips, hotels, restaurants, and other businesses based near reef ecosystems.

Oxybenzone is mixed in more than 3,500 sunscreen products worldwide, including popular brands such as Coppertone, Baby Blanket Faces, L’Oreal Paris, Hawaiian Tropic and Banana Boat. There are alternative sunscreens with no oxybenzone, including a product called Badger Natural Sunscreen and dozens of others.

Sunscreen ingredients to avoid;

  1. Avoid sunscreens containing petrolatum, commonly known as mineral oil, which takes years to biodegrade, and are known to be harmful or fatal to aquatic life and waterfowl.
  2. Avoid sunscreens with high content of Titanium Dioxide. This mineral does not biodegrade and is found to react in warm seawater to form hydrogen peroxide which is harmful to all sea life.
  3. Oxybenzone and octinoxate, the two chemicals recently banned in Hawaii and are believed to cause coral bleaching.

Here is a list of sunscreens considered to be reef safe. Made in Hawaii sunscreens are marked with an *asterisks.

  • *Kokua Sun Care Hawaiian SPF 50 Natural Zinc Sunscreen
  • *Mama Kuleana Waterproof SPF 30 Reef-safe Sunscreen
  • *Little Hands Hawaii SPF 35+ All-natural and Organic Sunscreen
  • Manda Organic SPF 50 Sun Paste
  • *Raw Love SPF 35 All-natural Mineral Sunscreen
  • Thinksport SPF 50 Sunscreen
  • All Good SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen Lotion
  • Babo Botanicals SPF 30 Clear Zinc Lotion
  • Suntegrity Natural Mineral Sunscreen
  • Badger SPF 30 Unscented Sunscreen Cream
  • Raw Elements SPF 30 Certified Natural Sunscreen
  • Stream2Sea SPF 30 Mineral Sunblock
  • Loving Naturals Clear Body SPF 30+ All-natural Sunscreen
  • Banana Boat Simply Protect SPF 50+ Sunscreen (spray, not lotion)
  • Olita Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30

Not only is it a good idea to use “Reef Safe” Sunscreens, but Hawaii is the first state in the U.S. to Ban the sale of Sunscreens containing the coral-harming chemicals Oxybenzone and Octinoxate which took effect January 1, 2021.

Our Vacation Home is located on the sunny Southside of Kauai within 300 yards of the world-famous Poipu Beach and Brennecke’s Beach. See information about our home and what makes it a great alternative to a Hotel stay when you visit Kauai.

Guest Welcome Book & Local Travel Guide

My Kauai Vacation Rental introduces our very own Digital Guest Welcome Book & Island Travel Guide

Everything our guests will ever need to know before and during their stay. And all just a click away! Our Guest Welcome Book & Travel Guide will help our guests get comfortable and make our home their home. We used to use the same old binder ideas every other vacation owner tried, packed with the information we though they would need  and hoped they would be able to find and use. I always wondered, would it be left so our next guest could even find it? Would they even read it?

Now I’ve found and built a resource, I know everyone will be able to actually use. It’s our Digital Guest Welcome Book and a Travel Guide. It’s something that I send them link to, they download it and it provides them what they need to know about our home, the local area with guiding information like where’s the beach, the grocery store, and all the sights they should not miss right at their finger tips. Save a copy on your phone and even if you loose cell signal it’ll still function providing a guiding hand to our island of Kauai.

My Kauai Vacation Rental Guest Welcome Book & Travel Guide

With our welcome book & travel guide, we can now offer our guests not only a place to call home, but a truly amazing experience! It is packed with our local knowledge, leading our guests to the hidden gems off the beaten path, sharing our experience of local culture, our favorite restaurants and events right at their finger tips, We want our guests to thoroughly enjoy their stay and have every reason to return time and again. Book your stay at My Kauai Vacation Rental Today.

Our Digital Guest Welcome Book & Local Travel Guide is just the beginning of what make My Kauai Vacation Rental stand out. Added Services like:

Our Grocery Shopping Service. You don’t need to fly across country, 1/2 way across the Pacific Ocean, pick up a rental car and drive another 1/2 hour to the Rental Home; Then figure which one of you has to go to the store. Our Grocery Service will take your shopping list to the store, shop, and bring the groceries back to the rental, & fill the refrigerator all before you arrive.

Water Sports Equipment & Bike Rentals. Looking forward to spending time at the beach? Plan to or would like to take out and getting some exercise on a Stand Up Paddle Board, Don’t want to bring your own Snorkel, Mask & Fins or want to be able to exercise on a bike throughout your stay. Our knowledge, local friends and resources will be able to make sure you can have the equipment available when you want. Let us know that this is something you would like to do & we’ll help get equipment lined up during your stay. Looking forward to a relaxing stay, Schedule a Couple’s Massage. We’ll schedule the couple’s massage or even a solo massage and they’ll arrive at the condo ready to get your trip started the Aloha Way.

On the adventurous side? Enroll in Surf Lessons. Your choice in Group, Semi-Private or Private one-on-one Surf lessons to learn more faster. They are only a short distance from our Vacation Rental in Poipu. Discounted Rates for surf lessons when booked with your stay at My Kauai Vacation Rental.

Travel Insurance. Everyone that had a trips scheduled within the middle of 2020 has either wished they got a decent travel insurance policy for their trip or one that is the only one that paid out during the Covid-19 Pandemic, a Cancel For Any Reason of CFAR Travel Insurance Policy. We had one of the few companies working with us and providing our guest with this option and still do. Our Travel Policies can be obtained as part of your booking process, you will have the option to choose either a Standard Policy or a CFAR Policy.

As you are booking your stay, you have optional services you can also obtain, to get all of your on-island trip items scheduled and taken care of up front. If you need help, let us know.

We look forward to seeing you in Kauai!

Mahalo

Water Sports in Poipu Kauai

Water Sports Poipu = Hoku WaterSports

A trip to Kauai is all about the beach. While staying at our My Kauai Vacation Rental, we suggest Hoku Water Sports for all your beach gear rentals. Hoku Water Sports has all the equipment you may need for a fun and relaxing day at the beach, including snorkel gear, surfboards, boogie boards, Stand Up Paddleboards, beach chairs, umbrellas, coolers, and anything else you may need for the perfect beach day. They also rent bikes if you want a fun and easy way to get from your vacation rental to the beach. Their office is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and you can rent their equipment by the hour, day, or week.

Lessons & Canoe Trips

Hoku water sports, Kauai also offers surf and paddleboard lessons, as well as guided outrigger canoe trips. They offer group, semi-private, and private surf lessons for anyone over the age of 5 and under the weight of 225 pounds. Each lesson is led by an experienced instructor and lasts approximately 90 minutes. The first 25 minutes is spent on land learning the proper stance, getting up on your board, and how to catch a wave. Then the students and instructor spend an hour in the water catching some waves. Surf lessons are done off the waters of their shop in a small, protected cove with smaller waves that are perfect for the beginning surfer. Lessons are offered every day at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m., and each student is given a surfboard, booties, and a rash guard shirt to use during the lesson.

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Prince Kuhio Day Celebration

The 9th Annual Anahola Prince Kuhio Day Celebration

On March 16th 2020 will be the 9th annual Anahola Prince Kuhio Day Celebration. Join us at one of our favorite Kauai events, a celebration of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole, a former heir to the throne during Hawaii’s monarchy, as well as US congressional delegate. The Hawaiian culture comes alive through music, hula, and hands-on activities during this well-loved local event.

See educational, cultural, health and wellness exhibits that are great for the whole family, as well as craft booths from local vendors at the Prince Kuhio Day Celebration. You will be also able to enjoy local Hawaiian comfort food from various food booths and lose yourself in the rhythms of the islands with live music and hula presentations. For an authentic view into Hawaiian culture, come for the start of the event when the Hookupu (offering) protocol ceremony will be held.

When and Where

The Celebration will take place on March 16, 2019 from 11am-4pm. This free event is held at Anahola Beach Park, located in Kauai’s east coast town of Anahola. To reach the Beach Park, turn toward the ocean from Highway 56 on to Anahola Road.

Located just 7 miles north of Kapa’a, Kauai’s largest hub for shopping and restaurants. It’s location on the northern portion of the east coast. There is also easy access to the island’s popular Princeville resort area, as well as the north shore’s pristine beaches.

Anahola is not too distant from our Poipu Vacation Rental. It does give you an excuse for a day trip to another part of the island. Anahola is another beautiful area to visit on the island.  Book Your Trip at one of the best places to stay on Kauai today! We are more than happy to answer any questions, make suggestions, and help you design a trip that’s perfect for you. MyKauaiVacatrionRental.com or (808) 346-1788

The Humpbacks Are Here!

Whale Watching In Kauai Is Hugely Popular.

Whale Watching in Kauai – So many people yearn to see these gentle giants. The feeling of seeing this awesome creature in person is nothing at all like seeing one on tv. The sheer immensity and the ability of the whale to breech or jump out of the water is nothing short of incredible. If you’re lucky, you will see one up close as it cruises by your boat and slowly slips by. Even more lucky is to have the whale exhale through its blowhole and get sprayed. Okay, that may be a bit smelly but cool nonetheless.Whale watching 2019 Season

Whale watching tours can be found easily while in Kauai. On MyKauaiVacationRental.com you will find a link to this and many other activities in our activities section.
The best months to start seeing whales around Kauai are November through January. They are often around until April or May, so there is plenty of time to book at trip to Kauai and see the whales! Kauai whale watching can be done at any time of day or night but the best light is from 11am to 3pm as the sun is directly overhead.

If you don’t want to go on a boat and risk the waves (seasickness!) then you can still see whales off North Shore beaches of Kauai such as Kilauea Bay or Anini Beach and seen from Kilauea Lighthouse. If you are lucky, you might even see some from the pool at our Kauai Condo!
Whales not your thing? Dolphins and Monk Seals surely must be then. There are sometimes spinner dolphins and Hawaiian Monk Seals that spend their time off Southern Kauai and can be found at times swimming off Poipu Beach or Hanapepe Bay.

Dolphins & Hawaiian Monk Seals

As for swimming with Dolphins, that is not a “thing” here in Hawaii. It is generally considered not an activity that is good for the dolphins. Holding such beautiful creatures captive just for entertainment purposes is just not fair to them. However, if you are lucky, you might get one or two that come up to you while in the water. They are not dangerous but it is generally advised that you stay away from them.

Green Sea Turtles

Although not mammalian in nature, turtles are in the waters off Southern Kauai and love to sun along the beach in Poipu. It seems they love to ride the waves of Brennecke’s Beach with the boogie boarders. To swim, snorkel or dive when there are turtles nearby is a very humbling experience. These gentle creatures, while mostly shy, will come near you as you are in the water. It is truly a beautiful thing to be blessed with a visit by a sea turtle.

Sharks? As some might say…Forgettaboutit. While there are sharks around here and there, the chances of being attacked are slim to none. Sharks are far from the lurking danger that the movies make them to be. So, let’s just consider that subject closed.
There are so many activities that one can do in the waters of Kauai especially with how warm the water is. So, book your Kauai trip with MyKauaiVacationRental.com and come join us, the water’s fine!