a field guide to the planet - by Damon Ramsey
There are many places around the world to see tropical coral reefs...
Arnavon (Arnarvon) Islands, Solomon Islands.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia.
the Great Barrier Reef, Australia.
Kakaban Island, Indonesia.
Lizard Island, Queensland, Australia.
Maravagi Resort, Mangalonga Island, Solomon Islands.
Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands.
Menjangan Island, Bali Barat National Park, Bali, Indonesia.
Miyako Island, Japan.
Montgomery Reef, north-West Australia.
Pink Beach, Indonesia.
Rajah Ampat, New Guinea, Indonesia.
Ribbon Reefs, Australia.
Uepi Resort, Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands.
Aitutaki is a triangular shaped atoll. It is famous for it's shallow lagoon and blue waters. After settlement by Polynesians, the first European to discover the series of islands was Bligh on Bounty. It was used as a military base by the United States of America and New Zealand in WW2. Many of the best coral reef sites are located in developing countries. Therefore, the locals hunt the fish for food. Thus fish in these areas are often easily 'spooked' and difficult to approach for close photographs. However, this site in the Cook Islands is one of the most 'fish friendly' sites I have been to. There are many areas where fish are feed, and thus habituated, and therefore easy to photograph
Thinking of travelling again after everything settles down? The first expedition I am booked to work on after the virus is Micronesia, New Guinea & Indonesia in 2021 with Silversea. Meanwhile I am giving a lecture on the Sunshine Coast (Australia) on the "Sounds of suburban south-east Queensland".