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Indian Ocean Experiences

Cocos Keeling Island and/or Christmas Island Dive

From: $1,870 USD

Duration: 7 or 14 nights

Type: Groups, Private Charter, Shared.

Departs: On Request

Interests: Fish & Marine Invertebrates, Reptiles & Amphibians.

Deep drop offs, stunning coral gardens, diverse marine life, incredible vistas and welcoming locals – all things that Christmas & Cocos (Keeling) Islands can offer in abundance. Whilst the islands share many similarities – the dive experience is completely different on each island.

  • Christmas Island has over 60 dive sites to choose form is regarded as one of Australia’s best diving regions, due to the high volume of immense 'drop offs' only metres from the shoreline.

  • Sensational visibility of up to 50 metres, ensures that guests can observe abundant fish including surgeonfish, wrasse, butterflyfish, angelfish, groupers, parrotfish and reef sharks, as well as dolphins and turtles. Manta Rays and Whale Sharks can be seen on an opportunistic basis.

  • The spectacular clear waters of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands are renowned for soft & hard corals including delicate Gorgonian Fans, with regular visits from friendly sharks, Manta Rays and dolphins. The islands are home to an incredible 30,000 Green and Hawksbill Turtles that glide through the azure blue waters.

About Indian Ocean Experiences:

Proudly calling herself a local, Lisa Preston founded Indian Ocean Experiences in 2011, being one of the first operators to offer expertly guided land experiences across Christmas Island, centred around sustainable and conservation focussed touring. As specialists in tailor-made itineraries across passion points such as birdwatching, diving, photography, geology and culture, the team prides itself on delivering genuine experiences for guests, connecting with passionate locals who love sharing their stories.

Prices are based on per person twin/double share unless advised, subject to availability. Price includes return airfares from Perth including airline taxes, 7 nights accommodation, Orientation Tour, 7 days 4WD car hire, 4 days double boat diving (including tanks and weights). All prices quoted are in AUD and include applicable airline taxes. Other accommodation options are available. Valid until 31 March 2022. Currency fluctuations may affect prices as quotes based on AUD. Prices are current at time of posting (1/12/2021) and may differ when you book your travel.

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  • Dive Cocos Keeling Island (7 nights)

    Please note that the Dive Cocos Keeling Islands can be combined with Dive Christmas Island below into a 14 night inclusive package.

    The Cocos (Keeling) Islands are known for their spectacular clear azure waters, with a significant population of turtles in the lagoon (15,000 Green Turtles and 15,000 Hawksbill Turtles), reef sharks, dolphins, Manta Rays, diverse coral gardens, delicate Gorgonian Fans and over 500 species of fish.

    You will board the dive vessel from West Island and a short trip across the lagoon will provide access to outstanding locations such as Cabbage Patch, The Cannons and a Manta Ray cleaning station. Venturing to the outside of the lagoon rewards divers with some amazing drop offs, visits by friendly sharks and if you are lucky – a chance to see Cocos’s long term resident – Kat the Dugong.

    The surface interval with lunch is usually taken on Direction Island, also providing an opportunity to laze on the idyllic beaches. Dive vessels generally return later in the afternoon, giving you time to relax and enjoy the incredible sunsets.

    Key Details & Inclusions

    Pricing: 7 night packages from $2,685 AUD per person twin share, non-diver prices starting from: Ex-Perth $1,820 AUD per person
    Accommodation: 7 nights accommodation - villa room at Cocos Castaway
    Flights: Return airfares ex-Perth | Return airport transfers
    Tours: 4 days double boat diving including refreshments, tanks and weights
    Gear hire:  Diving gear available for hire - subject to extra cost. If bringing your own dive gear, we recommend booking an extra 23kg pc of baggage at the time of booking your package. The cost of this for the return journey is $140.

    Christmas & Cocos (Keeling) Islands are fantastic dive destinations for your small group tour or club. Please use the enquiry fields above for recommendations and to plan your trip. 

  • Dive Christmas Island (7 nights)

    Christmas Island exists at the tip of a long-extinct volcano, with 80km of coastline supporting a fringing reef, most of which is around 20-25 metres depth. This provides views to some amazing drop-offs, hosting Gorgonian Fan corals and sea caves to explore, suitable for divers of varying experience and skills. With rarely any current, the visibility is usually between 25-50 metres.

    During the dry season from April - October, the North Western coastline is typically used for diving due to the protected waters and spectacular coral gardens. This coastline also boasts caves, Gorgonian Fan corals, and steep drop offs. During the west season from November to March, diving is conducted on the North West coastline (weather permitting), with operators occasionally using the ramp at Ethel Beach. Whale Sharks can be seen on an opportunistic basis between November and March, and most likely viewed on the northwest side of the island.

    Flying Fish Cove is also spectacular for shore diving with amazing coral gardens, drop offs and the occasional friendly Dragon Moray Eel, turtle and Bump-head Parrotfish. 

    You will depart on your dive trips from Flying Fish Cove, with sites easy to access in short time. Your dive trip will generally return in the early afternoon around 1pm, providing plenty of time to explore the islands incredible wildlife, geology, landscapes and culture. Afternoon tours with Indian Ocean Experiences start at 2pm, so you can still get back from diving in time to head out with an experienced guide.

    Key Details & Inclusions

    Pricing: 7 night packages from $2,660 AUD per person twin share, non-diver prices starting from: Ex-Perth $1,690 AUD per person.
    Accommodation: 7 nights accommodation at VQ3 Lodge
    Flights: Return airfares ex-Perth | Return airport transfers 
    Tours: 4 days double boat diving including refreshments, tanks and weights
    Gear hire:  Diving gear available for hire - subject to extra cost. If bringing your own dive gear, we recommend booking an extra 23kg pc of baggage at the time of booking your package. The cost of this for the return journey is $140.

    Christmas & Cocos (Keeling) Islands are fantastic dive destinations for your small group tour or club. Please use the enquiry fields above for recommendations and to plan your trip. 

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