Coral reefs have always been fascinating for many travellers around the world. Reef tourism is a trend that seems to be getting bigger by the day. If you are one of those who love to explore underwater wonders while on holidays, take a look at some of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world:
1. RAJA AMPAT REEFS
Source: Phillephines Diving
The stunning marine diversity in Raja Ampat is strongly influenced by its position between the Indian and Pacific oceans, as coral and fish larvae are more easily shared between the two water bodies. Raja Ampat’s coral diversity, resilience, and role as a source for larval dispersal make it a global priority for marine protection.
2. RAINBOW REEFS
Source: Coconut Grove
The Great White Wall is a popular scuba diving site. It is named so because of the white coral inhabiting the area between 15 and 65 meters.
3. MALDIVES-CHAGOS-LAKSHADWEEP ATOLLS
The Maldives comprises perhaps one of the world’s most complex reef systems (1,300 low coral islands and sandbanks), while the Chagos archipelago has the largest and some of the most diverse undisturbed reefs in the Indian Ocean, including the world’s largest atoll – the Great Chagos Bank, and many areas of endemic coral.
4. LITTLE CAYMAN REEFS
Little Cayman’s reefs are exceptionally healthy for a regularly dived area and inhabited by a full range of typical Caribbean reef life, from pipehorses to sharks. They also include a notable population of sea turtles.
5. FLORIDA KEYS REEFS
Source: Florida Keys
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary protects the third largest living coral barrier reef system in the world. These reefs are intricately tied to our area’s economy attracting tourists for diving, snorkeling and other recreational opportunities and providing homes for many commercially important fish species.
6. PARADISE REEF
It is the first reef one encounters on entering the Marine Park. It is a popular second tank dive. Experienced divers can dive it from the Caleta as a shore dive.
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