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THE OTHER GREAT REEF Inhabited only by lobster fishermen and their families for just 14 weeks of the year, the remarkable Abrolhos Islands encompass some of the finest coral reefs in Australia. The Geraldton-based Abrolhos Island Tours operates half-day chartered floatplane trips to this tropical archipelago of 122 islands, costing about $85 per person. Each excursion starts on the picturesque East Wallabi Island for a walk along the pristine sands of Turtle Bay and includes a snorkeling expedition and light refreshments. The underwater scenery is breathtaking, and it's not unusual to see lobsters walking across the reef. The tour ends with...

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