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Win a holiday to the Maldives worth £10,000 THE WHERE ARE YOU? TRAVEL COMPETITION: JANUARY 2017 @ Conde Nast Traveller

We're giving away five nights at the breathtakingly beautiful Gili Lankanfushi in the Maldives - a dream honeymoon destination and one of the original and best barefoot-luxury Maldives resorts - they take your shoes off you when you first step from speedboat to jetty. Smart-but-simple wooden villas are built on stilts above the clearest turquoise waters.
The winner and a guest will stay in an overwater Villa Suite, with daily breakfast and dinner included, along with a wine and cheese tasting and a snorkelling trip with a marine biologist. The prize includes return business class flights to Malé with Qatar Airways, and boat transfers to and from the hotel.

To enter, click to see a photograph of a mystery destination. Read the clue and see if you can identify the location in the photograph.

Please see comment#1 for the clues and my answer, good luck!

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Thank you for entering this competition, and good luck!
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Clues:
Dive into the deep, deep blue. This giant full stop in the ocean is a bucket-list destination for wet-suited explorers around the world. It's a hole, a very big hole, large enough to fit several Albert Halls - about a quarter of a mile across and just over 400 feet deep, and formed from a collapsed cave system. As a hole, it has achieved a certain amount of fame: it appears on the UNESCO World Heritage List and was celebrated in the 1970s by a certain red-hatted French adventurer, who sailed here to chart its depth and declared it an incroyable scuba-diving site. Its name, though, was coined by a British diver and writer. The walls are lined with huge, multi-coloured stalactites and trippy limestone formations, creating a stone cathedral patrolled by Caribbean reef sharks and species such as midnight parrotfish. It's said that the deeper one goes, the water becomes clearer and the formations more complex. Just don't forget to come back up.
Where are you?
Identify the place described above, and its location,

The picture clue:

http://i1071.photobucket.com/albums/u512/marba01/bluehole_zps8hwuxigr.jpg


Same picture here

http://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-great-blue-hole-a-collapsed-underwater-cave-system-lighthouse-reef-44022689.html

MY ANSWER: The Great Blue Hole, Lighthouse Reef, Belize Barrier Reef, Belize

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Blue_Hole
The Great Blue Hole is a giant submarine sinkhole off the coast of Belize. It lies near the center of Lighthouse Reef, a small atoll 70 km (43 mi) from the mainland and Belize City. The hole is circular in shape, over 300 m (984 ft) across and 108 m (354 ft) deep.

The Great Blue Hole is a part of the larger Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, a World Heritage Site of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

This site was made famous by Jacques Cousteau, who declared it one of the top ten scuba diving sites in the world. In 1971 he brought his ship, the Calypso, to the hole to chart its depths. Investigations by this expedition confirmed the hole's origin as typical karst limestone formations, formed before rises in sea level in at least four stages, leaving ledges at depths of 21 m (69 ft), 49 m (161 ft), and 91 m (299 ft). Stalactites were retrieved from submerged caves, confirming their previous formation above sea level. Some of these stalactites were also off-vertical by 5˚[1] in a consistent orientation, indicating that there had also been some past geological shift and tilting of the underlying plateau, followed by a long period in the current plane.

Initial measured depth of Great Blue Hole was 125 m (410 ft) which is the most often cited depth up to this day.

This is a popular spot among recreational scuba divers who are lured by the opportunity to dive in sometimes crystal-clear water and meet several species of fish, including Midnight Parrotfish, Caribbean reef shark, and other juvenile fish species.

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