The Great Barrier Reef: this is the only living organism large enough to be seen from space. It stretches 1,200 miles off of the coast of Queensland, Australia. Amongst the reef, there are hundreds of smaller islands ripe for exploring. This is the largest marine preserve in the world. Naturally, it is hoe to a plethora of 500 species of beautifully colored coral, 4,000 kinds of shellfish, 1,500 different fish species.
This reef is perfect for water sports, including sailing, snokeling, and diving. You can find a travel agency or guides who are willing to help you out on the reef almost anywhere on the northwest coast of Australia. If you are not into the diving, there is an underwater observatory where you can see all the wonderful underwater biodiversity.
The best time to travel here is from October to November for the best ocean water conditions. The clear waters and beauty of the reef is absolutely stunning, and as global warming and changes in climate destroy reefs everywhere, we should try to visit, appreciate, and protect this valuable and unique ecosystem.