The Great Barrier Reef

#12 - Cairns, Australia
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It's a hidden treasure under the sea.
The coral reef is built by tiny living organisms known as coral polyps. They might be the hardest working creatures under the sea since there are 2,900 individual reefs. It is the largest reef system in the world with 900 islands spanning across 1,600 miles in the Coral Sea. This beautiful work of nature might not be so hidden after all since it can be seen from outer space, but you should go see it up close. That's why it's our #12 AbsoluteVisit.
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Agincourt Reef, Outer Barrier Reef
#1 Great Barrier Reef Photo - Zhao Naidoo
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Great Barrier Reef - Coral
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Great Barrier Reef - Coral
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Great Barrier Reef - Giant Clam
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  • The Great Barrier Reef is not actually one reef but 2,900 individual reefs with over 1,500 species of fish living in it (approximately 10% of all fish species in the world).
  • The Great Barrier Reef is the largest configuration ever built by living creatures.
  • The largest pearl ever found was found in the Great Barrier Reef, selling in New York for $10 million (approximately 8 million euro).
  • The Great Barrier Reef is visible from outer space.
 

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Agincourt Reef, Outer Barrier Reef
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The Great Barrier Reef is perhaps Australia’s largest attraction and is certainly one that has the type of hype, build-up and awareness that brings about expectations that are through the roof. The Great Barrier Reef is a World Heritage site, is comprised of over 3000 individual reef systems and is located along the North East coast of Australia. There are tons of options on how to see the Great Barrier Reef – overnight excursions, day-trips, snorkeling, diving, combinations, etc. We went for a boat focused on snorkeling, but one that also provided an introductory dive. Everything was se...  read more
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Submitted On: Apr 30, 2012
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