Coral reefs are underwater ecosystems that are thought to house around 25% of all marine life. And they do it in magnificent fashion: they can be bright and colourful, intricate and patterned and simply fascinating to observe as they, literally, breathe live into the oceans around us. There are hundreds of different species of coral, many of which vary in shape, size and colour.
Reefs are grouped into four main categories: fringing reefs, barrier reefs, patch reefs and atolls. They provide homes and sustenance to multiple marine species, they also protect shorelines from storms and large waves. They stabilise the seabeds wherever they grow, helping seagrass and other plants to survive in the area. In addition to this, coral reefs have been known to harbour medical cures and they help maintain levels of carbon monoxide. They are thus not only incredibly beautiful, but entirely functional and beneficial to both ocean and land life. If you join want to volunteer with coral reefs, we offer volunteer programmes in Mauritius, Cuba and in Carriacou where you can help out with coral reef research and restoration.