20 Of The Most Breathtaking Atolls In The World

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Atolls are a sight to behold by any with a love for the coasts and sea. An atoll may be described as land with a coral reef that runs along a lagoon, giving viewers great scenes at all angles. I have wrangled up 20 amazing atolls and locations that will top the travel list of any venturesome tourist looking for something memorable.

1. Tubbataha Reef, The Philippines

Tubbataha Reef, The Philippines
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Located in the area having protected by Philipines authority and 97,030 hectares of total area. The North Atoll and South Atoll make up the area known as the Tubbataha Reef. The area is known for a huge diversity of marine life, coral, and birds. No wonder UNESCO has promoted its beauty as World Heritage Site.

2. Nukuoro Atoll, Federated States of Micronesia

Nukuoro Atoll, Federated States of Micronesia
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Covering 40 km2 total area and not more than 40 km2 of land. Remote and isolated, Nukuoro offers an unspoiled experience of what geography can offer. Being sparsely populated the atoll rarely sees more than a passing boat.

3. Ulithi Atoll, Federated States of Micronesia

Ulithi Atoll, Federated States of Micronesia
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Covering 24 km wide and 36 km long, the Ulithi Atoll boasts one of the largest lagoons in the world and is easily accessible via airplane. A stay here leans toward feeling modern, with plenty of amenities.

4. Orona Atoll, Republic of Kiribati

Orona Atoll, Republic of Kiribati
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Huge coconut palms can be found at the Orona Atoll. Wildlife lovers will be pleased to know turtle sightings are common, and the waters contain giant clams. It is only 8,8 km long and up to 4 km wide.

5. Tarawa Atoll, Republic of Kiribati

Tarawa Atoll, Republic of Kiribati
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Tarawa Atoll is the location for the capital of the Republic of Kiribati. A place not to be missed by the history buff; this area was the location of a battle during World War II. One of the largest atoll because its area is about 500 km2 in total.

6. Rangiroa Atoll, French Polynesia

Rangiroa Atoll, French Polynesia
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At 80-km long and 5-km to 32-km wide elliptically of shape, Rangiroa is not only one of the biggest atolls in the world, but it also has a huge variety of hotels and facilities for a luxurious vacation.

7. Takapoto Atoll, French Polynesia

Takapoto Atoll, French Polynesia
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It is just 10 km long and 6,7 km wide. A lagoon of high salinity to float in, and a charming village to visit; the Takapoto Atoll is a picturesque relaxation spot after busy seagoing travel. This atoll is without resorts or hotels, so a trip here promises an authentic experience.

8. Tikehau Atoll, French Polynesia

Tikehau Atoll, French Polynesia
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The Tikehau Atoll holds an exotic plethora of sea life and underwater fauna. Combined with its curious pink sand and its proximity to similar locations Tikehau makes a great spot for any ocean traveler. Its size is 27 km long and 19 km wide.

9. Tetiaroa Atoll, French Polynesia

Tetiaroa Atoll, French Polynesia
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From the resort islet of Onetahi many other islets surrounding the enclosed and impressive lagoon can be appreciated. Expect all the sights for snorkeling and scuba diving alongside the comforts of a resort stay. This 6 km2 area now belong to Marlond Brando.

10. Aitutaki Atoll, Cook Islands

Aitutaki Atoll, Cook Islands
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With the Aitutaki Atoll comes a calm experience without the swarms of sightseers. Two of the islets here are volcanic providing their landscape with lush vegetation. The land cover 18,05 km2 and main island has 16,8 km2.

11. St. Francois Atoll, Seychelles

St. Francois Atoll, Seychelles
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The quiet St. Francois Atoll makes a great location to get away from the bustle of normal life. Turtles and seabirds make regular appearances due to conservation efforts. Its area is just 2 km2.

12. Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles

Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles
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An atoll known for the Aldabra giant tortoise. Aldabra is largely left alone by humans. At 34 km long and 13 km wide, it is the second-largest coral atoll in the world.

13. Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Ari Atoll, The Maldives
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With over 100 islands, the Ari Atoll is a densely populated and resort heavy option for your travels. It is also huge, being mentioned amongst the larger atolls. Its size is 89 km by 3 km.

14. Nukumanu Atoll, Papua New Guinea

Nukumanu Atoll, Papua New Guinea
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Lying close to the equator this atoll provides clear-blue waters. The Nukumanu claims its fame as the last place to see Amelia Earhart before her famous disappearance. It only cover 4,6 km2 area.

15. Ontong Java Atoll, Solomon Islands

Ontong Java Atoll, Solomon Islands
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Near to the Nukumanu Atoll is the Ontong Java Atoll. At 1.500 km2 area, Ontong Java is another to be found on a list of the biggest atolls in the world.

16. Kure Atoll, Hawaii

Kure Atoll, Hawaii
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The Kure Atoll is notable as the northernmost coral atoll to be found. The land of the atoll is known for housing vast numbers of birds and a surprising number of Hawaiian monk seals. It cover 9,3 km long and 7,7 km wide.

17. Rocas Atoll, Brazilian Atlantic Islands

Rocas Atoll, Brazilian Atlantic Islands
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The only true atoll to be found in the Southern Atlantic waters; the Rocas Atoll’s location is populated by sharks, dolphins, and crabs. That is why UNESCO has made decision to mark its as World Heritage Site. This atoll is currently uninhabited by people. It is 3,7 km long and 2,5 km wide.

18. Serrana Bank, Caribbean Sea

Serrana Bank, Caribbean Sea
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Serrana Bank is a great example of a boat-friendly atoll. The reef of the atoll is mostly underwater, and access into the lagoon’s clear water is a snap with a small boat. It has length about 40 km and width about 32 km.

19. Banco Chinchorro, Caribbean Sea

Banco Chinchorro, Caribbean Sea
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Located a short distance from the coast of Mexico is the Banco Chinchorro. This atoll is famously filled with mangroves. It is an easily accessible location for those living in the Americas. It cover 40,2 km long and 16 km wide.

20. Lighthouse Reef, Caribbean Sea

Lighthouse Reef, Caribbean Sea
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Teeming with life, Lighthouse Reef is a hot spot for those searching for something unforgettable. Here is found the Great Blue Hole, which is a legendary dive to experience. Divers will want to put this atoll on their list of places to see. This Atolls cover 35 km long and 8 km wide.

List of Images :

  1. www.flickr.com/photos/q-phia/13570517923
  2. www.flickr.com/photos/cspathis/329683596
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  4. commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Orona_Atoll.png
  5. www.flickr.com/photos/davros9/8839953/
  6. www.flickr.com/photos/143018951@N07/27895770635/
  7. www.flickr.com/photos/36706580@N08/16021332966/
  8. www.flickr.com/photos/maeusel/13486183835/
  9. www.flickr.com/photos/dany13/8044046451/
  10. www.flickr.com/photos/mokelumnekid/280022036/
  11. www.flickr.com/photos/elysepasquale/3429130506/
  12. www.flickr.com/photos/14796702@N08/4137990100/
  13. www.flickr.com/photos/happyschneiders/883792964/
  14. www.commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nukumanu_STS099-725-41.jpg
  15. www.commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ontong_java.PNG
  16. www.commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Kure_Atoll#/media/File:NASA_KureAtoll.jpg
  17. www.commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Rocas_Atoll#/media/File:Rocas.jpg
  18. www.commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Serrana_Bank#/media/File:Serrana_Bank.jpg
  19. www.flickr.com/photos/semarnat/5258253017/
  20. www.flickr.com/photos/semarnat/5258253017/

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