We’ll be down in August. It’s my opinion to try and leave a place better than I came. Is there anyone or anything I can bring to do this?
Also, bring natural, reef safe sunscreens that don't contain the following chemicals: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. The science is sound that these chemicals destroy coral reefs (and harms human bodies).
If you have questions about the safety of your sunscreen, please check out the Environmental Working Group's website: https://www.ewg.org.
Absolutely use barrier reef safe sunscreen as Skaerje mentioned :) There are at least a couple brands out there now. It costs a little more so it is best to bring it instead of buying local from my experience.
I've been "auditioning" reef safe sunscreens for use on my vacation in Belize later this month. I found two at my local Sprout's and found that I like Goddess Garden 30 SPF sport and MyChelle Sun Stick SPF 50. Rubbed in really well, that don't leave as much of a white residue as others I've tried.
I also found these two pages for charities in Belize (although totally defer to locals to say whether or not they're legit):
www.belizefirst.com/indexvolunteer.html (this one features both volunteer opportunities and charities)
Go spear lionfish! They are invasive and harm the ecosystem there.They are also good to eat. I also wonder if you are able to donate your catch to restaurants or local families. If anyone knows of a place that will take you to do this I really want to do this on my trip and maybe a get a couple lobsters along with it. I am going January 3-10th 2019.
Good idea, Reggi M!
Hamanasi Resort will take folks lionfish spearing: https:/…
According to Reef.org the following restaurants in Belize serve lion fish:
Da Lazy Fish in Punta Gorda, Belize
Pablito's Estrellas Del Mar in Sarteneja Village, Belize
Placencia Supper Club in Placencia Village, Belize
Rumfish y Vino in Placencia Village, Belize
Enjoy Restaurant in Caye Caulker, Belize
Habanero's Restaurant in Caye Caulker, Belize
Asha's Culture Kitchen in Punta Gorda, Belize
Backpacker's Paradise in Sarteneja Village, Belize
Gomier's in Punta Gorda, Belize
Hour Bar & Grill in Belize City, Belize
The Lionfish Grill in Hatchet Caye, Belize
Pirates Treasure Restaurant and Bar in Ambergris Caye, Belize