When you begin to look at reef as individual corals, the diving experience becomes way more interesting as there is a lot to learn about the coral types.
Soft and Hard Coral
The two main types of corals are the soft and the hard coral. You can find both in most reefs, especially in the Maldives.
Originating in the Caribbean, this coral grows upward towards the sunlight. Not very strong, these corals can fall apart for a slight kick, thus, be careful when you swim around them.
Another Caribbean coral, this is an active species that has huge colonies; sometimes bigger than a human being. Elkhorn is also considered a reef-building coral as they become rock after they die.
If you are diving at a site close to your Maldives Island resort the likes of Naladhu Private Island Maldives, this is a coral you will most likely see often. The actual name for the coral is Agarcia but is known as lettuce coral since it resembles the vegetable in looks. You can find this coral growing in many parts of the reef, whether it is within a cave or the shallowest part of the reef.
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