The fanatic snorkelers are always in search of the best coral reefs. We made a short summary about the 10 best coral reefs according to travel experts, let’s see today the part one, the first five of them !
Tuvalu is a small island in the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and Australia, the second smallest independent state on the world.
Funafuti, the capital is a very small coral reef, on the widest point is 400 m wide and 20 m on the smallest. Funafuti is far from everything, there are not too much cultural to look at, therefore not so many tourists visit this place. But the nature is beautiful, so Funafuti has taken a place between the best coral reefs.
What comes first into your mind when you hear the word, bikini ? Yes, the swimsuit! The Bikini Atoll is famous about two thing : the swimsuit and the hydrogen bomb test. (And it is one of the best coral reefs on the world !)
There were 20 hydrogen bombs tested in this area between 1946 and 1958. Because of these tests the aboriginals left the island.
The swimsuit “Bikini” got the name about this island in 1946. The first modern bikini was presented in France by Louis Reard. Mr Reard gave the name “Bikini” because he said this swimsuit will cause a big explosion among man like the bomb caused on the Bikini Atoll.
Visit the Bikini Atoll is safe now, although the soil contains radioaktiv parts, the water was not affected. Because of the lack of fishery there are plenty fish around the atoll.
The Tubbataha Reef (Philippines) is not by chance among the best coral reefs on the world. It consists of the North and the South Reefs, separated by a deep 8 km wide channel. The area is a natural park.
There are no residents on the reefs, only tourists come here day-by-day. Tubbataha has become a famous site because of its coral walls : where the shallow reef ends giving way the great depths.
There are over 1000 species of marine life inhabit like manta rays, sea turtles, lionfish, sharks, barracudas, morays, parrotfish, napoleon wrasses, there is not enough place to mention all, better to visit Tubbataha!
Great Blue Hole, Belize
The Great Hole in Belize is a submarine sinkhole, it is circular in shape, 124 m deep and over 300 m across. It can be found near the center of the Lighthouse Reef.
If you are so lucky to spend time here, you can see different type of corals, funs, spogness . Around the ring of course you will meet tropical fish as well as barracudas, groppes, maybe you will see some sharks in the deep (Carribean reef shark, bull shark and hammerhead have been reported here).
In 2012 the Discovery Channel ranked the Great Blue Hole as Nr 1 on the list of “The 10 Most Amazing Places on Earth” so it is no question that this place must be among the best coral reefs!
Tikehau is part of the part of the Tuamotu Archipelago in French Polynesia. The atoll is located 340 km northeast of Tahiti in the Tuamotu Islands.
The atoll’s oval-shaped lagoon is 27 km long and 19 km wide. The whole lagoon area is 461 km2, as big as Western Europe, this is incredible! The whole atoll is surrounded by an almost continuous coral reef. Jacques Cousteau said here is the highest the fish concentration in French Polynesia.
White sand and the turquoise water, as far as the eye can reach, the whole area is like a travel catalog, definitely one of the best coral reefs!
Another FIVE best coral reefs coming soon, stay tuned!
Update: Part II available!