There are many things that are worth seeing on this planet of ours. However, one of the greatest things to witness is a coral reef. Now, there are many different ones all over the world. Some are bigger than others, but most of them are well worth a visit. In order to help narrow down your search, we are going to cover the top 7 coral reefs that you should see. Believe me when I say, there is nothing quite as magical as seeing a coral reef from a fish’s point of view while scuba diving.
Great Barrier Reef
Alright, I figure we might as well start off with the most famous one. If you are only going to see one coral reef in your time, it might as well be the Great Barrier Reef. Not only is it the largest one in the whole world, but it offers a huge diversity of coral. There is not much to say about this one that has not already been said. It is the best of the best, and most people have heard of it. So give it a shot, it’s hard to go wrong with this one.
Belize Barrier Reef
Now that we got the Great Barrier Reef out of the way, let’s cover some others that you might not know about. So, we are going to jump straight to the Belize Barrier Reef. This is actually the second largest barrier reef system on earth. Due to the pure size of the reef, it is the perfect home to many different species of marine life. In fact, it has been estimated that some 300 different species of fish and 65 different types of coral can be found in this reef. As you can guess, this makes the Belize Barrier Reef the perfect place to go scuba diving.
Red Sea Coral Reef
The next coral reef is located between Asia and Africa. This reef just so happens to be in the northernmost tropical ocean in the world. Although it is not the largest reef in the world, it is home to an amazing 1,900 kilometers of coral reef. It borders Israel, Egypt, and Djibuti. This gives you just a little example of the pure size of this reef.
America is not really thought of when you think of coral reefs. However, there is actually a very nice reef system on the coast of Florida. It actually stretches from the Atlantic ocean around to the Gulf of Mexico. The reef itself is only about 322 kilometers long. Once again, it is not the largest reef, but it is an old one. In fact, people believe that this reef has been around for some 7,000 years. Thus, it has had plenty of time to become home to tons of different life forms.
The next one on our list is the Palancar Reef. It is actually located on the southwest side of the island of Cozumel, and is part of the Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park in Mexico. Now, this reef is on the list because of how amazing it looks. The size is not overly impressive, nor is it home to an extreme amount of fish. However, the reef does feature an amazing garden and is pretty popular with scuba divers. The colors of the reef are amazing and you are bound to run into a few crabs, lobsters barracuda, Angel fish, and nurse sharks while swimming the reef.
Andaman Sea Reefs
The Andaman Sea Reef is home to one of the most diverse marine life collections on the planet. This is one reason why so many people choose this area for scuba diving. So far, there have been some 200 different coral species found in this area. On top of this, there are around 500 recorded fish species here as well. However, experts say that this number continues to change all the time. The best months to visit this reef is between October and May.
If you are in the Philippines, then you might as well head on over to see the Tubbataha Reef. There are many different things to see in this reef, including sea turtles, sharks and manta rays. The ecosystem here is a fragile and unique one. However, because of how fragile it is, people are only allowed to dive here between the months of March and June.
What coral reef do you want to visit the most?