The Australian Institute for Marine Science is basically like driving into Jurrasic Park. Once we got past the huge metal gates, it ended up being a pretty cool place. AIMS is committed to the protection and sustainable use of Australia's marine resources. Its research programs support the management of tropical marine environments around the world, with a primary focus on the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, the pristine Ningaloo Marine Park in Western Australia and northwest Australia.
All in all, our tour guide was about as knowledgeable as a small dingo, but the institute had some truly cutting edge science going on. And the views were absolutely spectacular!