The only place on the planet you can rainforest scuba
IN A billabong at Finch Hatton in the Pioneer Valley, there is a diving experience available nowhere else on Earth.
Rainforest Scuba owner Luana Royle runs dives offering people the chance to come face-to-face with a platypus.
And you can go all year round with thick wetsuits to keep you warm from the crisp, rainforest water.
"It's so unique, and I hate the word unique, but it is so special," Ms Royle said.
"You see so many animals under there."
While spotting the famously shy platypus is not a guarantee, Ms Royle said divers could see fish including sooty grunters, rainbow fish, hardy heads, angel fish, purple spotted gudgeon and spangled perch.
There are also turtles like the endemic Irwin Turtle - named and discovered by Steve Irwin - and "super friendly" eel catfish.
Their names are Cateelona because she swims on her "own-a", Eva because she's either there or not and Whiskers named by a young diver, Ms Royle said with a laugh.
Dives start from $120 per person and are limited to groups of six.
"It's completely opposite to diving in the ocean," Ms Royle said.
"It's really safe, nothing can eat you, bite you, sting you or drag you away."
For more information, head to rainforestscuba.com