Scuba diving along Aruba’s coral reefs, you might spot schools of electric blue tang, ancient-looking hawksbill sea turtles and clusters of waving orange sea fans. It’s hard to imagine plastic bags, aluminum cans and polystyrene foam fitting into that picture — and that’s just the way the people of Aruba want to keep it. Help preserve this pristine Caribbean ecosystem. On July 3 and 4, join other divers, snorkelers and beachcombers at the annual Aruba Reef Care Project. The island-wide event started in 1994 when diver and eco-tourism project manager Castro Perez teamed up with a marine biologist and local dive operators to pick up trash along the reef. The group of about 270 volunteers collected two tons of waste that day. Sixteen years and several more marine awareness groups later, reef cleanup happens yearround on Aruba — meaning you’ll see far fewer full trash bins and many more smiling ocean lovers at the event this year. And you can be one of them: Hotel sponsor and Green Globe Certified property Bucuti Beach Resort makes it easy to join a reef-care cleanup team — no matter if you’d like to dive deep, snorkel the shallows or stay topside. You don’t have to be a seasoned reef explorer; you just have to care.