In exciting news for underwater enthusiasts, a recent study conducted by the team at Slingo has revealed that the Maldives holds the prestigious position of the seventh country in the world with the most coral reefs. This research, which focused on identifying the best countries for adventure holidays based on natural adventure spots, shed light on the incredible diversity and beauty of the Maldivian underwater world.
The study, which assigned an ‘adventure score’ to each country, analysed various natural elements such as volcanoes, coral reef areas, and waterfalls. Coral reefs, despite covering less than 1% of the ocean floor, are astounding ecosystems that support over 25% of all marine life. These vibrant habitats are home to a myriad of marine creatures, including majestic whales, graceful sea turtles, and thousands of species of fish, making them an irresistible destination for wildlife lovers and adventure seekers.
The findings of the study unveiled the top ten countries with the most extensive coral reef areas. Topping the list is Indonesia, boasting an impressive coral reef area of 51,020 square kilometres. Australia closely follows in the second position with 48,960 square kilometres. The Philippines, France, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, and Saudi Arabia secured the third to eighth ranks, respectively. Remarkably, the Maldives claimed the seventh position with its coral reef area spanning an impressive 8,920 square kilometres.
For underwater enthusiasts, this recognition places the Maldives in the spotlight as a prime destination to explore and marvel at the wonders of coral reefs. With its crystal-clear turquoise waters and vibrant coral formations, the Maldives offers a breathtaking underwater experience like no other. Snorkelling and diving enthusiasts are treated to a visual feast, witnessing the mesmerising colours of the coral and encountering an astonishing array of marine life.
Moreover, the study also revealed intriguing statistics about the distribution of coral reefs globally. Indonesia emerged as the country with the highest percentage of the Earth’s coral reefs, claiming an astounding 17.95% of the total. Australia, renowned for its iconic Great Barrier Reef, closely followed with 17.22% (48,960 square kilometres).
For Maldivian residents and visitors, this news reinforces the pride in country’s exceptional natural beauty and the commitment to preserving and protecting its precious marine ecosystems. The Maldives’ coral reefs serve as a reminder of the urgent need for conservation efforts to safeguard these fragile habitats for future generations.
Underwater enthusiasts from around the world are increasingly drawn to the Maldives, eagerly diving into its clear waters to explore the vibrant coral reefs that hold an astonishing variety of marine life. This accolade as the seventh country with the most coral reefs solidifies the Maldives’ position as a premier destination for those seeking unforgettable underwater adventures. As visitors dive beneath the surface, they are greeted by a kaleidoscope of colours, the graceful movements of sea creatures, and the awe-inspiring beauty of the Maldivian coral reefs.