Pixies Garden, Great Barrier Reef, QLD
As an adventurous traveler, you might just be eager to don a mask and flippers and take this assignment on. It's not a bad one, when you consider the silent, technicolour paradise awaiting you under the sea. Whether you are an experienced diver or have never taken an underwater breath, you'll love this secret agent scenery: a kaleidoscope of reefs, shoals, coral cays and shipwrecks teeming with tropical marine life. However when planning your mission, keep in mind that visibility is said to be best from June to August and you may need to protect yourself from stingers between November and May.
To properly scope this underwater world, you'll need to farewell life on land for a while. Remember, Queensland has the Great Barrier Reef at its door. Extending along its coastline for more than 2,000 kilometres, this World Heritage-listed wonder is the largest expanse of living coral on the planet.
Being so huge, the question is where do you start your mission? Get smart and slip amongst the crowds of tanned tourists in Cairns, the most popular gateway to the reef. Here you'll find countless dive schools and day or live-aboard tours. You can snorkel or dive on the edge of the continental shelf at Agincourt Reef, feed giant cod at the Cod Hole or explore the waters surrounding a secluded coral cay. If you'd like to change your base, hop on a live-aboard dive boat or book into a resort on Green, Fitzroy, Lizard, Dunk or Bedarra Islands. You can explore dive the Coral Sea further north at Port Douglas, where rainforest and reef meet.