Maya Bay isnt the first popular vacation spot to be closed because of tourist overcrowding this year.
Maya Bay isn't the first popular vacation spot to be closed because of tourist overcrowding this year.
Earlier this year, the state of Hawaii passed groundbreaking legislation that will ban certain sunscreens by 2021.
Hawaii is the first state in the US to ban the sale of sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate — two ingredients scientists believe can harm coral reefs.
"Some sunscreen chemicals, in certain situations, cause coral larvae to stop swimming, change shape, and ultimately die," the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) wrote in a 2019 briefing.
The ICRI also noted that more research must be done in the wild — as opposed to in controlled environments in laboratories — to determine whether the amount of sunscreen in oceans significantly affects coral health, Business Insider reported.
Video: Ko Phi Phi Le Island, Thailand | Phi Phi Island, Maya Bay, Pileh Lagoon, Viking Cave | Phuket, Krabi
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