The Last Reef was shot over a period of 3 years, with the bulk of the underwater footage captured on the Reefs of Palau, 500 miles west of the Philippines. Palau is a beautiful archipelago of limestone rock islands, sheltered by a massive reef, with a multitude of easily accessible coral formations in clear calm waters. Chosen because of the amazing bio-diversity, and world renowned dive sites. Individual sites in the movie include Jellyfish Lake, Blue Corner, the German Channel and Mandarin Fish Lake.
The mangrove footage was mainly shot in Bimini, with the added advantage of Lemon Sharks, Reef Sharks, Stingrays and some excellent wreck sites.
The statues were shot in Cancun, Mexico, and you can see more of them here.
Above water, the reef aerials were shot in French Polynesia, looking over the islands of Bora Bora, Maupiti, Tupai and Rangiroa atoll.
Since we were to compare a reef to a city, and show how the modern world connects to reef life we also shot many locations you might not expect to see in a film about coral reefs: New York became the city reference point in the movie, but other timelapse sequences were shot in LA, San Diego, Miami, London, Southampton (UK). To show the geological significance of reefs, we also shot timelapse in Northern Italy and Malham, North Yorkshire.