Coral Reef Vacation

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Basics About Coral Reefs

Coral reefs are diverse underwater ecosystems held together by calcium carbonate structures secreted by corals. Coral reefs are built by colonies of tiny animals found in marine waters that contain few nutrients. Reefs grow best in warm, shallow, clear, sunny and agitated waters. Often called "rainforests of the sea", coral reefs form some of the most diverse ecosystems on Earth.

What Are Coral Reefs And What's Their Purpose?

The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef

Also popularly known as the Great Mayan Reef or Great Maya Reef, is the second largest reef, stretching 1,000 kilometers (620 mi) from Isla Contoy at the tip of the Yucatán Peninsula down to the Bay Islands of Honduras.
Mesoamerican Barrier Reef

The Great Biodiversity of the Reef

The reef system is home to more than 65 species of stony coral, 350 species of mollusk and more than 500 species of fish. There are numerous species that live in or around the reef system that are endangered or under some degree of protection, including the following: sea turtles (Green turtle, Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Leatherback turtle, and the Hawksbill turtle), the Queen Conch, the West Indian Manatee, the Splendid toadfish, the American crocodile, the Morelet's Crocodile, the Nassau grouper, Elkhorn coral, and black coral. The reef system is home to one of the world's largest populations of manatees, with an estimated 1,000 to 1,500 of them. Some northern areas of the reef system near Isla Contoy are home to the largest fish on the planet, the Whale shark.

Expenses $$$

A plane flight and hotel room for three nights ranges from about $700 for a lesser quality airline and hotel to about $2000 for the more well known airlines and hotels. Food is just a bit more expensive than the average place in America. Tours range from $50/person for short tours to $200/person for longer, more advanced tours.