Platinum Tours of Maui considers it our responsibility to ensure that your visit is safe, luxurious, and has a low environmental impact. We want our next visitors to have the same experience you had. And this is our home. We want to make sure it stays beautiful! The best advice we can give is to keep what you take with you, leave nothing behind.
Please do not take any rocks or coral from your beach visits. You can purchase souvenirs from local shops, but taking your own photos and buying local art are the best way to keep a lasting memory without damaging the environment.
Please don’t stack rocks on the beaches. Individually, these practices don’t seem harmful, but add up millions of visitors every year, and there is a huge impact. Stacking rocks can increases erosion, disturbs local flora and fauna, and can create a lot of unnecessary work for the park services. It may also disrupt scientific studies. Native Hawaiians also consider the practice disrespectful to their culture, you could be disturbing a sacred space. Please be aware, federal law prohibits "possessing, destroying, injuring, defacing, removing, or disturbing from its natural state all mineral resources" in national parks. If caught, you could be charged with a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine.
We recommend you look for an oil-free sunscreen. Oil-based suncreens can damage delicate eco-systems, especially priceless and irreplaceable coral reefs. If you burn easily, wear a t-shirt over your swim suit (if allowed at your beach or pool), and re-apply your sunscreen as soon as you leave the water, even if it says it is waterproof.
Bring a solid BPA-Free refillable water bottle on your travels, and keep any disposable bottles with you until they can be recycled or disposed of properly. Bring a bag along with you for garbage (we have this available during our tours).
Do not disturb local wildlife. Keep a good distance from migrating turtles. If you can take a selfie with your cell phone, you are too close. Ask our guides or local lifeguards if you are in doubt.
Consider visiting Maui during off-peak periods to prevent over straining resources - you'll also avoid the crowds! Ask us to design a custom luxury tour so you can have the best possible experience during peak times.