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Indian Ocean Experiences

Dive Christmas Island

From: $1,875 USD

Duration: 8 days/7 nights

Type: Groups, Private Charter, Shared.

Departs: On Request

Interests: Birds, Fish & Marine Invertebrates, Reptiles & Amphibians.

Christmas Island has over 60 dive sites to choose from and 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 you can observe abundant fish including surgeonfish, wrasse, butterflyfish, angelfish, groupers, parrotfish as well as reef sharks, dolphins, turtles. Manta Rays and Whale Sharks can be seen on an opportunistic basis.

  • Fringing reefs around the island boast amazing fan and plate corals, with almost 90 species present. With the island positioned at the precipice of the Java Trench, the Indian Ocean’s deepest trench, there are incredible drop-offs for divers. Many of these plummet down several kilometres, making this a destination suitable for divers of all levels.

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 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 – 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.

    Please note that the Dive Christmas Island and be combined with Dive Cocos Keeling Island. Both 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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