Best coral reefs around the world (Part II.)

Let’s continue our article “Best coral reefs around the world’ with another five stunning places!

For the Part I. click here !

Aitutaki Island

Aitutaki is a small triangular island, one of the Cook Islands in the Central-Southern Pacific Ocean.

The small island is a relatively hard-to-reach location, so it is not yet flooded with tourists. The place has good reasons why it is among the “best coral reefs” , white sandy beaches, crystal clear water, incredible shades of blue, do I need to write more?

Aitutaki-Island Cook-Islands best coral reefs

The heartbreaking beauty, insanely beautiful beaches makes this place a Nr. 1. romantic holiday destination, many people spend their honeymoon here. The shallow lagoons offer great snorkeling opportunities.




“No words for this place” , “Heaven” and Paradise” are the ordinary reviews regarding Aitutaki.

Look at some photos, and you will also understand why is this island one of the best coral reefs and start planning your holiday!

Caroline Island

The Caroline Island can be found in the central Pacific Ocean, in Micronesia (also known as Millennium or Beccisa Island). The Carolina Island is a crescent-shaped atoll, consists of 39 islets surrounding a narrow lagoon. The island is a wildlife sanctuary. The Kiribati government established a 12 nautical mile zone where the fishing is prohibited.

Millennium coral reef

The Carolina Island remained relatively untouched, with its unique landscape and underwater world must be part of our best coral reefs series. The island is home to one of the world’s largest coconut crab population, important breeding site for seabirds.

This beautful place is only 6 meters above sea level. According to the experts, it will be totally underwater in 2025. It is a very sad fact, so if you would like to visit the Carolina Island, one of the best coral reefs on the world, you must do it soon.

Aldabra

Aldabra is the world’s second largest coral atoll after Kirimati atoll. Aldabra is part of the Seychelles, located in the Indian Ocean. It is an Unesco Marine World Heritage Site, and was designated as part of the Indian Ocean South East Asia turtle network, so there is no question why is Aldabra on the best coral reefs list! Aldabra consists of four large coral islands around a shallow lagoon. The four islands are surrounded by a fringing coral reef.

Aldabra best coral reef

Thanks to its isolated location, the island is uninhabited and untouched by humans. The world’s largest Giant Tortoises population lives on this beautiful place (over 152.000 giant tortoises, unbelievable!)

David Attenborough called Aldabra One of the wonders of the world, other people say it is the crown jewel of the Indian Ocean.




Maldives

The Maldives is among the dream places by every people. If you close your eyes and start to thinking about a tropical destination, the picture of the Maldives comes into your mind for sure. The Maldives (officially the Republic of Maldives) consists of a double chain of 26 atolls, can be found in the Indian Ocean and has for sure the best coral reefs on the world!

Altogether the Maldives has 1192 coral islands, the total area is more than 90.000 square kilometres! It is the lowest country on the world, the average ground level is 1,5 m above sea level. The islands are strongly affected by sea level rising, so the government tries to take serious actions, for example announced becoming a carbon-neutral country by 2019.

The Maldivian waters are home to more than 1100 tropical fish species, dolphins, 145 crab species, 48 shrimp species, 5 species of sea turtles. Circa 200 type of hard and soft corals can be found around the atolls. The marine ecosystems vary from planktonic organism to whale sharks. An interesting fact is, that 5 sponge species here displayed anti-tumor properties.

Beautiful Maldives

Although the Maldives is a popular destination, unfortunately suffers from many problems nowadays. The sea level rising is one of the most importants, the Maldives is the third most endangered place due to flooding.

Another big problem is the coral bleaching. In 1998, the sea temperature warming of 5 degrees killed more than 2/3 of the corals here. The coral reefs are sensitive ecosystems, even one small changes can be fatal. Scientists try to help the reefs and reported luckily coral regenerating. The trash problem is also a task here which must be solved soon. The trash transportation does not work well in the area, some docu films highlight this big problem.

The Maldives is one of the most desired destination on the world with the best coral reefs, so we hope the human collaboration will help to solve these problems and the Maldives will improve!

Rangiroa

Rangiroa, the endless lagoon – people, who have visited already the beautiful Rangiora atoll, say this place is the world’s most immense natural aquarium and definitely one of the best coral reefs! Crystal clear water, turquoise lagoons, unique nature, everythings seems to be perfect here to explore the best coral reefs in Rangiora!

The Rangiora, an elliptic shape atoll, is located in French Polynesia, the largest atoll in the Tuamotus, is about 355 km northwest of Tahiti. The atoll consists of 415 islets and sandbars. From the air the atoll looks like a pearl necklace on the water. And it is right, the Rangiora is a real pearl of the ocean, and not only from the air!

rangiroa

In the lagoons pearl oysters can be found which produce black pearls. These are cultured pearls, have a wide range of natural colours from white to dark grey. Pearl farming is the main activity for many families in the French Polynesia. The biggest pearl farm, the Gauguin’s Pearl farm on Rangiora offers working place for many inhabitants. In the farm’s school the people can learn the pearling techniques and they have also a research center.

Rangiora is a popular destination by underwater lovers because of the diverse marine fauna. The most popular sites are the Blue Lagoon with its shallow water and the Tiputa Pass. The Tiputa Pass is a diving site, here the divers can monitor sharks gather in the deep. Because of the strong currents here the sharks can stay motionless and the divers can observe them.

This is the end of our Best Coral reefs around the world article 🙂 Which place is your favourite?

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