The Best Coral Reef Locations: the Maldives or the Great Barrier Reef?

 

Coral Reef of the island of Funamadua, Gaafu Alifu Atoll, the Maldives.

Coral Reef of the island of Funamadua, Gaafu Alifu Atoll, the Maldives.

The underwater map of the world has few great snorkeling locations. We constantly look for new places, learning about the Seychelles, Belize, or the Bahamas, but every time, we return to the Maldives.

It seems like snorkeling does not require special training and expensive equipment: just buy a mask and fins, and you can admire underwater life as long as you want or can. However, the incredibly beautiful and extremely fragile global coral reef ecosystem is threatened with extinction, so for a healthy coral reef, you will have to search. Unfortunately, in most cases, it will not be located near your home.

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Probably, the Robinson Club Maldives will be Destroyed

 

Coral Reef of the Robinson Club Maldives. The island of Funamadua, Gaafu Alifu Atoll.

Coral Reef of the island of Funamadua, Gaafu Alifu Atoll, the Maldives.

Everything is nearly perfect on this tiny tropical island located about 67 km from the equator in the Indian Ocean. It has a beautiful coral reef with a very active underwater life, exotic jungles among beach and garden villas, white sand, blue sky, emerald water, fantastic sunrises and sunsets—everything you imagine when someone says the magical word “Maldives.” However, chances are that excluding sunrises and sunsets, the rest of the local beauty will be destroyed in the near future. Why?

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Koh Samui, Thailand. Not the Maldives, but Still Paradise!

Or what to do on Koh Samui.

New Star Beach Resort. Koh Samui. Thailand.

New Star Beach Resort. Koh Samui. Thailand.

Actually, I would gladly have spent two weeks in Europe, but Irina said that after the long winter, every girl needs some bright sun, the sea, and at least a hundred massages in the bargain. So, we flew to Koh Samui, Thailand.

We have not been there in seven years, and now we come out of the plane that landed in a familiar airport in the middle of the Gulf of Siam in the Pacific Ocean. Well, well. Over these years, walls have not been built here—there are trunks of coconut trees instead—and the airport roof is still made from banana leaves. Koh Samui Airport is very unusual.

The runway has not been extended either, and the airport of Koh Samui does not take big airplanes. To get to the Thai paradise from Europe, you need nearly 20 hours with a transfer in Bangkok. It is far and hard. However, can a paradise be easily accessible?

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