Housing countless marine species, Coral Reefs are one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. It is this perfect combination of plant life and marine animals that makes these reefs a place of interest among scuba divers.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The earth’s only living structure visible from the outer space, the Great Barrier Reef is clearly huge! Comprising of 3000 individual reef systems and over 400 different types of corals, this popular marine ecosystem is a beautiful place to explore.
Located off the coast of Queensland, the reef features over hundred islands and is perfect spot to enjoy snorkelling and scuba-diving and other water sports. Bare boat tours, submarine tours and helicopter tours are available as well. After all the water adventure, do sit down and enjoy some local delicacies served at the nearby restaurants!
Great Mayan Reef, Cancun
Touching along the coast of five island countries, the Great Mayan Reef is the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere and the second largest in the world. Home to over 65 species of stony coral, 350 species of mollusk and around 500 species of fish, the Great Mayan Reef is lovely place to enjoy a holiday at.
Located in the warm waters of the Caribbean, it offers its visitors a chance to enjoy adventure sports like snorkelling and scuba diving. The reef is home to one of the world’s largest populations of manatees and whale sharks.
Apo Reef, Philippines
Often referred to as one of the best dive sports in the world, Apo Reef is the second largest atoll-like reef in the Philippines. Situated in the Mindoro Strait, the coral reef is home to over 285 water species, including fish, snappers, giant napoleon wrasse and yellow margin triggerfish. You can enjoy water sports and other recreational activities such as scuba diving, snorkelling, bird watching, dolphin watching, reef cruising, kayaking and lagoon rafting.
Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Featuring over 1500 small islands, cays, and shoals, Raja Ampat is yet another famous reef region in the world. Located off the coast of West Papua, this beautiful place is home to 540 types of corals, more than 1,000 types of coral fish and 700 types of mollusks. Owing to the low lying ocean currents and warm waters, snorkelling and scuba diving are the most popular activities here. Although there are not many fancy restaurants here, several small shacks serving authentic cuisines can be spotted.
Great Chagos Archipelago, Indian Ocean
Comprising of over 55 islands, Great Chagos is the least polluted and the most protected reef in the world. Located off the coast of the Maldives, it is known for featuring over 370 species of corals, 784 types of fish and around 17 species of breeding seabirds. The endemic brain coral, Ctenella Chagius is a unique coral found here. Boat tours and submarine rides are organised here all the time.