6 of the best coral reefs you must see while you still can

We round up the best ones to try to see before they’re gone.

The Netflix documentary, Chasing Coral, sees divers, scientists and photographers around the world mount an epic underwater campaign to document the disappearance of coral reefs.

We found the best ones around the world you should visit before they’re gone.

1. The Grand Central Station and Chimneys, Fiji

Fiji is known as the soft coral capital of the world.

Carefully preserved by the Namina Marine Reserve, go diving here and you’ll see plenty of dolphins, turtles and maybe even a few whales.

2. Belize Barrier Reef, Belize

The largest barrier reef in the Northern hemisphere, the entire Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System gained World Heritage status in 1906.

This reef has more than 300 documented species of fish and 65 different types of coral.

3. Great Barrier Reef, Australia

It’s one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World for a reason.

The largest reef on Earth comprises more than 3,000 individual reef systems and 400 types of coral.

Situated off the coast of Queensland, it also features hundreds of islands complete with pristine beaches.

4. Red Sea Coral Reef, Red Sea

10% of the species found at this reef are only found in this area, between two of the hottest and most arid deserts in the world.

This 5,000-year-old 1,200-mile-long reef is located between the Sahara and Arabian deserts and is home to 300 hard coral species and 1,200 fish species.

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5. Bonaire Reef, Caribbean

Sometimes known as ‘The Diver’s Paradise’, Bonaire reef has also been dubbed the Caribbean’s last healthy reef.

Waters here are crystal clear and the reef makes a beautiful display of colours as do some of the marine life that call it home.

Expect to see angelfish, sea turtles and seahorses.

6. Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Home to 600 coral species, and more than 1,200 species of fish, Raja Ampat is unlike other reefs in that it has not been as extensively explored as others.

Explore its beauty without encountering too many other tourists.

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