Its values were summarised as:
- superlative natural beauty above and below the water
- a globally outstanding example of an ecosystem that has evolved over millennia
- a globally significant diversity of reef and island morphologies reflecting ongoing geomorphic, oceanographic and environmental processes.
- its enormous size and diversity means it is one of the richest and most complex natural ecosystems on earth, and one of the most significant for biodiversity conservation.... supporting tens of thousands of marine and terrestrial species.