Coral reefs are incredible underwater ecosystems that support the most amazing colonies of marine animals. They are sometimes referred to as “rainforests of the sea” because they in fact support the most diverse ecosystems on earth. Snorkeling and diving along coral reefs is an experience like none other. You’ll find them in many countries, but mostly in the tropics and subtropical areas. This is just a taste.
#10 The Great Barrier Reef, Queensland Australia
Dubbed the world’s largest living structure, Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef is probably the best-known coral reef in the world. Even though it has suffered from pollution over the decades, it is still the most amazing place, covering more than 300,000 m2 and incorporating 900 islands, close to 3,000 individual reefs, and many incredibly beautiful coral cays. There are more than 1,500 species of fish in the reef as a whole, about 4,000 types of mollusk, turtles, dolphins, whales, sharks and more species of coral than you could ever imagine. More than 2-million people visit this coral reef every year, and it is a World Heritage Site.