8. The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The world’s largest coral reef system occupies more than 900 islands. It is made of around 2900 reefs and is located in the Coral Sea, in Australia. The Great Barrier Reef stretches for over 2600 km and can be viewed from the outer space.
One of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef has a high marine life diversity, including many endangered species. There are over 1,500 fish species, including the red bass, clownfish, snapper and red-throat emperor, 30 species of dolphins, whales and porpoises, including Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin, the dwarf minke whale and the humpback whale, 125 species of shark and stingray, 17 species of sea snake, 49 species of mass spawn, 84 species of other spawn, 6 species of sea turtles, and many more.
Due to its warm clear waters, vast marine life and majestic scenery, the Great Barrier Reef is an incredibly popular place, especially for scuba divers and nature lovers. However, it is not only perfect for diving, but for snorkeling, fishing and sailing as well. About 2 million people visit the reef every year. A great variety of cruises and boat tours are offered, from amazingly long voyages to single day trips.