Last month, I put on some scuba gear and took part in a unique partnership between Malibu and Reef Check, a non-profit dedicated to preserving coral reefs worldwide. Our very own July cover girl Cameron Diaz is a fan of Reef Check--she worked with the non-profit for an episode of MTV’s Trippin' in 2005 and asked for donations to be made to Reef Check in lieu of flowers when her father passed away in 2008. Now, Malibu is reaching out to their young, eco-aware fans and urging them to get their island on while giving back by becoming a Malibu Beach Intern. They're celebrating the partnership with a drink, creating this limited-edition Malibu bottle to help promote their cause.
I got to take a crash-course in the life of a Malibu Beach Intern, heading to the Philippines to learn about what Reef Check does. Marine ecologist and Reef Check founder Dr. Gregor Hodgson gave us a condensed lesson on the Who's Who of ocean life, prepped us for identifying various sea creatures, and explained to us why it's so important to preserve coral reefs.