Bonaire is set to Join Hawaii in banning sunscreen products containing Oxybenzone and Octinoxate.

The move came after Bonaire’s Island Council unanimously voted to prohibit the chemicals on the island. The ban will come into force on January 1st, 2021 when Bonaire will become Oxybenzone-free.

The ban came in response to research conducted by scientists from Wageningen University in the Netherlands. After surveying the water around many of Bonaire’s popular beaches and dive sites, researchers found the concentration of these chemicals to be unacceptably high. If left unchecked, the levels would lead to damage to Bonaire’s marine and coral ecosystem.

Find out more about the damage these chemicals wreak here.

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Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life!


  1. I am curious of what the concentrations of the two chemicals are in the water. Are the chemicals layered on the surface or are they blended in with the water?

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