The boat and crew have always been good stewards of the sea.
— Judy O.
A Sustainable Vacation
By virtue of operating a sailboat instead of a motor boat, we’re already ahead of the curve in terms of marine efficiency. We run at low RPMs and slow speeds because its more efficient – and what’s the rush anyway, you’re on vacation! Slower speeds also mean less of a wake behind the boat, which is less destructive to the shore – large waves can cause erosion, and disturb or kill vegetation or nests along the shoreline. Our engines are extensively maintained, ensuring the highest level of efficiency. And whenever we can, we hoist the sails and harness the power of the wind, letting Mother Nature take a for a ride instead of relying on fossil fuels.
Eco-friendly solvents and lotions
We make every effort to ensure that all of our soaps and solvents are not harmful to the environment – and we encourage you to do the same. Before booking your trip with Juliet Sailing and Diving, we strongly recommend you purchase reef-friendly sunscreens. Researchers estimate that 4,000 to 6,000 metric tons of sunscreen wash off swimmers annually in oceans worldwide, and most of these sunscreens contain ingredients that cause harmful algae blooms and coral bleaching. We encourage you to check your sunscreens and avoid those that contain any of the following ingredients:
- camphor derivatives
- methyl benzylidene
To do your part, use biodegradable, natural sunscreens to help protect the reefs. Look for sunscreens that have active ingredients such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. Sunscreens that are safe for infants or labeled “Baby” are often great choices, such as Neutrogena or Aveno. Some other suggestions are: CaribbeanSolutions, Badger, Alba MINERAL Protection, Mexitan, Soleo organics, UV natural.
On board recycling
We engage in local recycling as well as global recycling. We reuse any and all containers that come on board, and have a battery recycling program where divers can leave their undischarged batteries on board for the next person. Once discharged, our batteries go to a proper disposal facility. We also make every effort to reduce waste by using cloth towels and napkins that we can launder instead of toss in the trash.
All of our cardboard and aluminum is recycled at facilities in Miami, and our waste is always properly disposed of.
One of the most important contributions we make to the environment is actually not a contribution at all – its a subtraction! Every week we remove dozens of Invasive Pacific Lionfish from the reefs, fish that are quickly taking over the Caribbean – and happen to be quite tasty. Read more about our Lionfish activism here.