Contributor Level: Captain

Sunscreen Restrictions

As more excursions limit the use of sunscreen (e.g. swimming with dolphins, certain coral reef diving), what do you do as an alternative?  Wear rash guard or t-shirt? Buy Eco-friendly products? Tan before cruising?


8 Answers

Contributor Level: Staff Captain

If I am going to be out in the sun for a length of time I wear sun screen. If there is a restriction on wearing it I would not go. Even when well tanned if out in the strong sun for a few hours, especially beside water I will still burn. Swimming with dolphins is not usually a problem because they will usually require you shower and then put on a wet suit. 

Contributor Level: Captain

I don't use the sunscreen, usually have on a t-shirt so only face and arms are exposed and I already have a great golfers tan. And I am never in shorts----That's just way to scarry to contemplate....

Contributor Level: Captain

 I was surprised in St. John how strict they have become .. I understand why (damage to the reef and sea life) but I feel they are pushing the "coral safe" products too much.  My understanding is that as long as it doesn't contain certain agents (oxybenzone, octinoxate and camphor), it's ok.

I would like to swim with dauphins in the future and this is good information to have. Don't want to damage the coral reefs and marine life.

Contributor Level: Captain

I always have to base tan... It helps but the sun down south is so different Big Smile

Contributor Level: Captain

Look into clothing that is made with sun-blocking fabric.  If you are really sensitive to sun rays, the excursion that limits your ability to use block may not be worth the pain of the burn you get in the tropical sun.


Contributor Level: Admiral

I think wearing SPF infused clothing would be the answer.  I am now looking into mosquito repellent clothing for my cruise to the Caribbean in Dec.

Contributor Level: Captain

Have heard good reports about those mosquito bracelets recently!


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