Christmas Island is known as “the Galapagos of the eastern Hemisphere”. A small island situated a few hundred kilometres south of Java, and a couple of thousand kilometres north of Perth, this Australian territory is one of nature’s finest islands, where most of the jungle is virgin, the reefs unspoilt and the people friendly and welcoming. It’s geographic isolation and lack of human disturbance has led to the many endemic land, sea and bird species in the area. With over 40 dive sites around the island, including caves, walls and a ship wreck, Christmas Island is a remote diving wonderland.
Well known known for the annual migration of red crabs onto the shores to breed, this sceptical, of tens of thousands of crabs in the streets, can be seen between November and December. The nutrients in the water, from the spawning, also attracts whale sharks and manta rays to this area from November to March.
The diving at Christmas Island is year-round, and offers beautiful shallow fringing reefs that drop-off sharply into the blue abyss, as well as serval caves carved into the limestone rock by years of wave action . Situated where the Indian and Pacific Oceans meet, this is one of the few places in the world where one can see species of fish from both oceans live side by side. There are also several hybrid fish, a result of inter-species breeding. In addition to the hundreds of reef fish species, one often encounters dolphins here, and whale sharks and manta rays too, between November and April when they come to feed in the plankton rich water.
There are large local green and hawksbill turtle populations, many of the green turtles come onto the shores to lay their eggs at night. Shark species regularly seen around the island include silky sharks, bronze and grey whalers, reef sharks, tiger sharks and hammerheads. The dive sites around exposed points of Christmas Island prove great places to spot tuna, sailfish, barracuda, snappers and trevally speeding through the blue water.
Extra Divers- Christmas Island
The dive centre is located on the beach near Flying Fish Cove. The Sunset, our preferred accommodation, is a five-minute walk from the dive center, and is very close to shops, restaurants and taverns. The resort offers unobstructed views of the oceans and magnificent sunsets. The simply furnished spacious rooms have air-conditioning, fans, televisions, refrigerators and microwave ovens. The resort has a swimming pool, free WFI, parking for guests, and staff eager to make your holiday fantastic.
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Phone: 0117 369 0443
4.6 Paintworks, Bath Road, Bristol, BS4 3EH