Great Barrier Reef Australia, 1996

Most people who go to Australia and see the Reef, only see the "inner reef" as it's called. This is the part closest to land and the most accessible.

Unfortunately this is the area most affected by agricultural runoff and runaway tourism.

If you're really lucky, you get to see (and dive) the outer reef. If you are luckier than that, you get to see the Coral Sea, about 200km off the coast, a series of seamounts with the most amazing underwater life.

I'm the luckiest.

I got a five day trip to the Coral Sea (at half price due to a last-minute cancellation) with four dives a day in water that the dive master said was the clearest he had seen in 10 years of diving those areas. It looked liked we were floating in midair.

Nothing quite like it.

Also see Australia.

Last updated: Jun,