View image of Though the competition for the best island in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific is steep (consider Bora-Bora, Fiji and Tasmania), the Great Barrier Reef, which unfurls from Australiaâs northeastern coast, is by far the champion. The areaâs spectacularly cerulean water and vast sweep of coral teems with sea life â baleen whales, leatherback turtles, giant clams and about 400 other species. (Courtesy David Ball / Alamy) ____________________________________________ [**See more of the world's b (Credit: http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/worlds-best-islands/8)
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