Information for Visiting Researchers and Students
Swimming in the Coconut Island Marine Refuge
As a general rule, swimming, snorkeling and SCUBA diving are NOT sanctioned activities for visiting groups. However, if your group has been approved for an ocean-based
activity, there are a number of regulations that must be observed.
- If you plan on swimming, you must have a certified lifeguard in attendance and have 1 (one) adult trained in CPR and life saving techniques for every 4 (four) children in the water and standard water safety rules should be followed (e.g., stay with your buddy, keep within sight of the lifeguard).
- The reef surrounding the island is a Marine Refuge, and therefore it is illegal to remove fish, shells, coral, or other living organisms from the water without a DLNR Special Activities Permit. In addition, it is important for the health of the reef that visitors do not step on the coral, nor should they disturb any research gear, instruments or cages that they might find in the water.
- Restricted Swimming Zones in the West Lagoon fronting the right side of the Lanai Suites. Do not enter the rare coral breeding area across from the Boat House, also Federal Law prohibits swimming closer than 150 feet to the dolphin pens.
- Sea turtles are protected by Federal law, nowhere are they allowed to be harassed. Avoid touching them if they approach you. Report injured animals to HIMB Security.