Chagos Archipelago Marine Park
Located in the central Indian Ocean 1,000 miles south of India, the isolated Chagos Archipelago is a chain of more than 50 islands and vast coral reefs surrounded by some of the world's purest seas.
This “Galapagos of the Indian Ocean” is home to the world's largest coral atoll with a remarkable diversity of 220 coral species and 1,000 species of fish. It serves as a refuge and breeding ground for large, critically important populations of sharks and dolphins, as well as green and hawkbill sea turtles. This atoll also provides habitat for the richest diversity of seabirds in the Indian Ocean and the world's largest land arthropod, the coconut crab.