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Scuba diving in Christmas Island

Uncrowded dive sites full of an astounding array of biodiversity bewitch divers who enjoy 40 meter visibility, walls that drop into infinity, a WWII wreck and incredibly colorful coral reefs.
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Diving in Christmas Island

Quick facts

Walls, caves and one fantastic wreck make up the superb diving surrounding Christmas Island.

The majority of the island’s dive sites are on the wall around the island. This wall starts as close as 65 feet (20 meters) from the shoreline and drops hundreds of meters to the sea floor. Untouched corals, interesting critters and hundreds of fish species call the wall home. Divers who look into the blue might spot dolphins, a variety of sharks or whale sharks.

History lovers will delight in the Eidsvold Wreck, half of which lies between 15 and 60 feet (5 and 18 meters). The Norwegian phosphate ship was sunk during WWII by a Japanese submarine. Today, the historical playground is host to a healthy coral colony and a bounty of tropical fish.

There are plenty of caves to explore surrounding the island. The dive site called Thundercliffe Cave gives divers the opportunity to enter the cave underwater, surface and continue exploring by foot. Outside the cave, there is a wonderful colorful garden full of curious batfish.

Your dive log is sure to be full and happy after a few days spent diving near Christmas Island.

When to go

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What to see

From large to tiny, Christmas Island’s waters are teeming with marine life for you to discover.

Those with eyes on the blue will be happy to see eagle rays, sting rays, manta rays, tiger sharks, whale sharks, bronze sharks, silky sharks, reef sharks, grey whalers, hammerheads, dolphins, pilot whales, beaked whales, schools of barracuda, wahoo, tuna, jacks, snappers, trevally and turtles.

Tiny life is plentiful as well. A variety of reef fish, nudibranchs, crabs, harlequin shrimp, mantis shrimp, lobsters, leopard eels, zebra morays, starry morays and guinea fowl morays call the island home.

The variety of life will have you using more than one log page for every dive you complete.


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