Australia - Great Barrier Reef When to go The best time to visit it is from June to November, when the weather is mild and visibility is generally good. Avoid visiting from December to March when northern Queensland has a distinct wet season, bringing oppressive heat and abundant rainfall.
Yahoo Travel went in search of easily accessible and interesting places to don fins, mask, and snorkels for a fun day of fish peeping. You might be surprised by just how close to home a few of these are.
Phra Nang Beach is accessible only by long-tail boat about a 20-minute ride from Ao Nang (in Krabi Province). The velvety sand is best from May to December during low-season when you can rent a sea kayak to explore the sandstone karsts and limestone caves just offshore go snorkeling among the shallow waters coral reefs or try your hand rock climbing without competing for space.