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What makes the coral reefs in Fiji the best in the world?

You've heard all about The Great Barrier Reef and hey, there's no denying it's a truly beautiful place, but there are so many other cool coral reefs you could be exploring! Head to Fiji, the "Soft Coral Capital of the World" and see why this nickname came to be for yourself.

Check out our top four reasons why we think the coral reefs in Fiji are some of the best in the world.

1. Fewer tourists

First of all, when you snorkel in Fiji you have to worry way less about running into other coral peepers. Nothing takes you out of the beauty faster than bumping noggins with another snorkeler! There's not a bad place on the islands to go snorkelling, so even if you don't go on an official guided tour you can see the jaw-dropping, underwater scenery once you're done sunbathing on the beach.

2. Stunning reef networks

Below the sea, Fiji is a stunning mosaic of coral and sponges. There are several hundred types of these that make up the whole network, and so it's no surprise that you could spend hours upon hours trying to see it all. These reefs are very closely monitored by the Fijian government in order to preserve the beauty and wonder. As a rule of thumb, it's best if you observe a look-but-don't-touch policy to keep from harming the coral.

3. Superb marine life 

You get the whole marine world experience when you're swimming amongst it! There are over 4,000 miles of coral reef in Fiji that is filled with about 1,000 species of fish. The waters here are teaming with schools of vibrant fish (like butterfly fish, parrotfish, angel fish and triggerfish), gliding turtles and giant manta rays. Go deep enough and you might even be able to spot a giant clam. But Fiji is also famous for the ocean's most feared fish: the shark. These toothy beasts bring us to our next point.

4. There's more adventure

Shark diving is one of the more popular activities you can partake in when visiting these islands. It's the perfect activity for those looking for a little more adrenaline in their tourist activities as you can check out the sharks up close and personal in Fiji. These waters are home to Grey Reef sharks, Silvertips, Hammerheads and White Tips. Think you have what it takes to swim with the sharks? Let's find out!

You're now officially equipped to go snorkelling through some of the most stunning coral reefs in the world. Well, almost equipped - the snorkel gear is in Fiji waiting for you!