Coral reefs cover about 110,000 square miles and they are to be found in more than a hundred countries all over the world, so if you are looking for coral reef locations for your next visit, the entire world is your map. The majority of reefs are to be found between the Tropics of Capricorn and Cancer, so whether you choose to visit the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea, the Pacific or the Persian Gulf, you will surely have the holiday of a lifetime.
The Most Popular Coral Reef Locations
The Red Sea, just off the arid desert areas of North Africa is of the most popular coral reef locations in the world. Small wonder the reefs you will find there are so attractive for tourists – these reefs are certainly among the most spectacular ones, teeming with an extraordinary, colorful, rich and varied marine life. You will find more than 300 coral species in these reefs that provide habitat for more than 1,200 fish species and other colorful, beautiful, exotic creatures (coral reef locations www.thesea.org).
The Caribbean area is another very famous and popular location. The Caribbean is home to the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the largest reef in the Atlantic and the habitat of such incredibly beautiful species such as whale sharks, turtles, including hawksbill, green, leatherback and loggerhead turtles and West Indian manatees.
If you want to swim together with stingrays, lobsters or moray eels, Florida Keys is the best location for you – even more so if you are interested in wreck diving as well.
Those interested in one of the world’s largest contiguous reefs must see the Apo Reef in the Philippines. The reef is 170 square miles large and it is a National Park where fishing is banned, so you will see a completely free, unharmed and untouched underwater world, with creatures such as hammerhead sharks and whale sharks.
For those who prefer atolls to other types of reefs, the Maldives-Chagos-Lakshadweep Reef in the Indian Ocean is certainly a must-see. The atoll is practically an immense collection of tiny islands, serving as home for numerous very rare species of corals that grow nowhere else in the world as well some very rare marine creatures such as the finless porpoise or the Blainville’s beaked.
These are just a few of the world’s best and most interesting coral reef locations – in fact there is no such thing as a “better” or “more beautiful” reef. Each of them is special and fascinating in its own way.