Top 10 Fascinating Coral Reefs

Top 10 Fascinating Coral Reefs

Coral Reefs are very fragile structures, that require extremely clean environment and are very sensitive to any kind of pollution. They boast the most colorful and exciting marine life there could be. Diving and snorkeling in the coral reefs provide an unforgettable experience. Here are out ten choices this week – a real treat for your eyes!

10. Lofoten, Nordland, Norway

The archipelago in the northern Norway is incredibly beautiful and unique. Although it is located in the Arctic Circle, the climate here is surprisingly mild. It is an anomaly – the weather in Lofoten is really warm considering its Nordic latitude. It also has a rich marine life, including the biggest deep water coral reef on the planet.

What to do there?

Visitors go climbing, hiking, cycling and even surfing. Unstad is the most popular surfing destination. In summer 24 hours of daylight provide the best experience for the rock climbers and mountaineers. Fishing and whale safaris are also among the most popular activities, while cycling enables to explore nature and authentic villages.

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9. Maldives

The paradise on Earth provide the best relaxing holidays there could possibly be. The luxurious resorts scattered on the pristine island group provide world-class service and treatments. Meanwhile the unspoiled marine life is diverse and easily accessible. The water here is crystal clear and warm, making the reef easy to explore.

Why to go there?

Because there are no reasons not to go there! It might not be the best or the most adventurous diving trip, but it is a nice activity to do, once having a vacation in Maldives.

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8. Fernando De Noronha, Brazil

The archipelago is made of 21 islands, 354 km (220 mi) away from the Brazilian shore. Due to the South Equatorial Current, the water is very warm and diving with no suit is possible in the 40 m depth. The marine landscape features tunnels, canyons and rocks, making the experience even more exciting.

Why to go there?

The coral reef is shallow and easy to navigate. Water is crystal clear, visibility reaches up to 50 m and the rich sea life is splendid. And most of the year is good to go, except from March to August, when the rainy season takes over the archipelago.

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7. Lord Howe Island, Australia

The island boasts a unique coral reef, which is said to be the most unique in the world. The species of marine animals are incredibly diverse: they include tropical, sub-tropical and temperate species. The island group is included in the World Heritage list protected by UNESCO, for its preserved natural beauty.

Why to go there?

No pollution, no tourist traffic! A quiet piece of heaven on Earth. It is found only two hours from Sydney.

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6. Hawaii

One of the top holiday destinations attracts vacationers for numerous reasons: sun bathers, surfboarders, hikers, climbers, volcanologists, star gazers, party goers… You name it. Meanwhile the coral reef has an abundance of species, huge beautiful turtois and of course crystal clear warm ocean.

Why to go there?

Hawaii has pristine and diverse nature, mountains, volcanoes as well as soft sandy beaches and hip cities. Vacationers from all walks of life will find something that will suit them well.

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5. Fiji

The Fijian coral reef sprawls across 1.3 million square kilometers making it one of the largest coral systems on Earth. The pristine archipelago is preserved by the Coral organization, which collaborates with the tourist agencies and provide with training. So the exploration of this marine beauty will be safe and won’t harm its fragile life.

Why to go there?

Fiji is a great holiday destination, where the weather is nice all year round. The coral reef is truly spectacular and precious.

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4. Ningaloo, Australia

The coast features astounding reef and is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Found in the western part of the country, Ningaloo, together with Great Barrier Reef, is one of the best places in the world to go diving. It features 250 species of corals and over 500 species of fish! Divers of any levels will find an intriguing underwater adventure. Also boat tours, fishing trips and camping extend a versatile list of outdoor activities here.

Why to go there?

Besides not only the underwater world is spectacular: check out those sandy beaches, crystal clear water and dramatic gorges in Ningaloo. A walking trail provides great panoramic views to the ocean.

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3. Mauritius

The island is famous for it underwater waterfall – an illusion created by the blend of water and sand. Meanwhile the coral reef is a big concern for the preservation organizations. Volunteers from all around the world are invited to join the preservationists and try to protect the fragile structure from pollution and outside factors.

Why to go there?

The pristine nature of Mauritius is truly staggering, unique and incomparable to anything else.

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2. Lighthouse Reef, Belize

The country’s most famous marine wonder – the Great Blue Hole – is found next to the stunning Lighthouse Reef. Various tours take place here and the visitors can go kayaking, paddling, diving or hop on a boat tour. Not only the reef, but the entire coastline is very picturesque, boasting an abundance of species and rare plants.

Why to go there?

The most famous item in the local reef is the brain coral, which actually looks like a human brain. Great holiday destination, providing a range of magnificent outdoor and water activities.

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Underwater photo of brain coral, tube coral and trunk fish taken in the Great Blue Hole in Belize

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1. The Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia

Spreading for 2,600 km (1,600 mi) in the Coral Sea it is the biggest coral reef structure in the world. With 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands it is the most exciting place to go diving. The marine life is extremely rich here: corals, sea stars, manta rays, turtles, sharks and many more. The crystal clear and warm water enables to explore colorful species. There are many spots, suitable for scuba diving, that are located through the coastline.

Why to go there?

This is the major tourist activity in the region, attracting many marine life lovers and adventurers. The spot is suitable for all levels – from experienced divers to beginners. Various tours and guides provide great service, facilities and training.

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