About the Mexico Great Coral Reefs - If you travel far into space and look back to the Earth, the only living structures you will distinguish are the coral reefs: wondrous colors such as greens, blues, yellows, and reds painted on the globe. These are the rainforests of the sea, the largest living structures on the planet due to the vast amount of species they harbor.
Coral reefs cover less than one percent of the ocean floor but they support an estimated twenty-five percent of all marine life. The Mesoamerican Coral Reef, also known as the Great Maya Reef, is one of the Riviera Maya’s most magnificent natural attractions. It is the largest complex in the Western Hemisphere and the second largest in the world. Along with other reefs, it helps to keep balance in the environment by minimizing wave impacts from natural forces. Also, their beauty creates a powerful attraction for tourism, making the reef an important source of revenue and a stimulus for job creation.
The Great Maya Reef is a weave of coast-hugging, fringing reefs, banks, islets and immense coral atolls. Its uniqueness is breathtaking. When witnessing the abundance of marine life and the blue dominant color that turns into a rainbow of colors when you approach the reef, you will be overwhelmed. Much more than a single reef barrier, it is a myriad of shallow patch reefs, coral gardens and precipitous drop-offs.