Dive on colourful reefs teeming with life and experience one of the most mesmerising scenes of the underwater world. Home to a quarter of all marine species, tropical coral reefs enchant and delight divers and snorkellers alike. Our reef diving trips and destinations take you to some of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world.
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About coral reef diving
Bursting with colour and life, coral reefs have the capacity to delight and mesmerise in equal measure. Resembling vibrant underwater cities, there are many locations with fabulous reefs and for many, they are the highlight of any dive or snorkelling experience.
Understanding coral reefs
Coral reefs are one of the most diverse eco-system on planet earth, teeming with tens of thousands of species. Covering only 0.2 percent of our oceans, up to one third of all marine species depend to some extent on coral reefs, creating a vital marine habitat.
A coral reef is not a single entity, but is made of up billions of tiny animals, called polyps that work together to build a coral reef. These polyps are related to both jellyfish and anemones, but differ in that they leave behind a mineral skeleton - the foundations of a coral reef. They feed on plankton, while shallow corals also gain energy through photosynthesis from the sun.
In addition to being of vital importance to both humans and marine life, divers and snorkellers revel in their kaleidoscope of vibrant colours and myriad marine life.
The Coral Triangle
Coral reefs are found in tropical waters around the world, however a region known as the coral triangle plays host to the most vibrant coral reefs and the greatest diversity of species. The Coral Triangle extends from Bali in Indonesia up to the Philippines and down to the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean. This region forms the most diverse marine ecosystem we know of, with around 600 species of reef-building corals and more than 2,000 species of fish.
Raja Ampat in eastern Indonesia is currently thought to have the greatest diversity of corals of all, putting it at the centre of the coral triangle and at the top of many divers wishlists, offering some of the most exceptional diving opportunities in the world. Due to their location, the Philippines, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and the Solomon Islands also offer outstanding diving opportunities.
Great reef diving locations
In addition to fabulous marine life encounters, the Maldives also has some wonderful reefs to explore, while Oman’s Damaniyant Islands offer affordable diving on colourful Indian Ocean reefs. Also in the Indian Ocean, the reefs of Tanzania’s Mafia Island and those of northern Mozambique are awash with colour.
Travel to Belize’s barrier reef or outer atolls for colourful Caribbean reefs that are great for divers and snorkellers alike, or take a trip to Tobago to enjoy some of the region’s healthiest coral gardens. Bonaire also offers classic Caribbean reef diving, with many sites accessible as shore dives.
Like an artists palette, the reefs of the Philippines, Indonesia and the south Pacific dazzle, with Fiji’s wonderful reefs deservedly earning it the title of ‘soft coral capital of the world’. This region is known as the coral triangle.
Protecting coral reefs
This most precious of ecosystems faces many threats, including ocean acidification, warming ocean temperatures, pollution and overfishing. There is much that can be done to preserve our coral reefs however.
The creation of marine protected areas has been shown to greatly benefit local reefs and also fish populations. Many such schemes have been introduced on a local level with very positive results.
Keeping pollution to a minimum is also vital, ensuring clean water for the coral reefs. This allows them to gain more energy through photosynthesis from the sun, ensuring they remain healthy. Healthy corals have been shown to be more resistant and are better able to survive periods of higher ocean temperatures that can result in coral bleaching.