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Amazing Coral Reefs That You Must See Before You Die

Just like the universe, the underwater world beneath our oceans is still unexplored. Till date, we have explored less than five percent of the ocean. There lies an entirely untouched wonderland, full of dark mysteries and vivid colors. Let us leave the dark mysteries undiscovered because these amazing coral reefs around the world will engulf you with their picturesque panorama.

1. Rainbow reef.

The Rainbow Reef is located between the islands of Taveuni and Vanua Levu in Fiji. The reef is considered as one of the most famous dive sites in South Pacific. Known for its luminescent corals, the Rainbow reef is a psychedelic experience full of vivid colors.

2. Apo reef

This Philippine coral reef system is situated near the island of Mindoro. The reef boasts to be the world's second largest contiguous coral reef system. The reef offers some amazing shades of blue and pink corals.

3. Half Moon Caye

The Half Moon Caye reef is famous for a dive spot named The Wall which is a vertical abyss of 6000 feet. This wall offers an outstanding experience and is potentially unforgettable to the divers.

4. Red Sea Reef

This reef can give you the feels of an entirely different magical wonderland. It is one of the rarest underwater ecosystems that contains bioluminescent corals that change color when exposed to ultraviolet light.

5. New Caledonia Barrier Reef

This UNESCO World heritage Site located in the South Pacific is the world's second longest double barrier reef, which is a rare geological phenomenon in which two reefs develop side by side. This double barrier reef is a home to more than 150 types of corals and a variety of marine life that is yet to be discovered and classified.

6. Belize Barrier Reef

Just off the coast of Belize, there lies this marvelous piece of nature's creation. The pristine shallow water in the reef allows excellent viewing of more than 100 species of corals and abundant variety of other marine life. It stretches up to 300kms and is titled as the second largest coral reef after the Great Barrier Reef.

7. Great Chagos Archipelagos.

Located in the Indian Ocean, this reef is home to half of the world's coral species. Rare species of corals such as Ctenella Chagius are also found here, corals resembling a brain. The biggest attraction here is the pristine blue water here which is said to be the cleanest and bluest in the world. The reef is so well preserved and untouched by mankind that researchers have revealed that Chagos has the least polluted water in the world.

8. Tubbataha Reef.

Located in the vicinity of the coral triangle in the Philippines, this reef is a World Heritage Site and was recently nominated for the "New Seven Wonders of the Natural World." This serene wonderland is quite far from the nearest coast which is a good thing for the conservation of the marine jewels here. The dive trips here are often booked years in advance.

9. Great Barrier reef.

One of the most popular reef destination, it is also the world's largest coral reef system. It is the biggest structure created by living organisms, big enough to been seen even from outer space. The Great Barrier Reef proudly celebrates its place in the list of Seven Natural Wonders of the World and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.