I made a stop in Kuwait while awaiting a flight to Australia. Just my luck, though, I managed to find an Australian Soldier. I stopped her in order to ask her about Cairns this time of the year.
"Oh, Cairns is wonderful, mate. 25 degrees (Celcius)--perfect for swimming"
"And the reef?"
"The reef is excellent right now"
See, this is just one of the many benefits of not acting unilaterally (aside from the moral high ground and better world standing it offers us). Had we not acted in conjunction with the Australians, I would never have gotten such good intel on the Great Barrier Reef.
And knowing is half the battle...