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Dive Review of Christmas Island Divers Assoc in
Kiribati (Christmas Island)

May, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Rick Sekely, Ohio, U.S.
Report Number 2496
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Fiji, Tahiti, Bonaire, Cozemel, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utila,
Honduras, Glovers Reef, Belize, Sea of Cortez & Florida Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
80   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified]  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
Squadrons 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Comments
 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
Christmas Island Divers Association is a new PADI certified diving
operation. I believe they have been in operation for about a year. Robert
Lower, owner, is very service oriented, enthusiastic and eager to please.
Although there is no dive shop per se, they do have a garage with a
compressor, dive tanks and basic equipment. Robert has two boats that he
uses: a smaller faster boat to go to the furthest sites and a slower,
longer more stable boat for closer dive sites or for rougher conditions. He
did take us to the furthest and best dive sites as promised (The Korean
Wreck and Bay of Wrecks).

We saw a total of 9 Manta Rays during our stay. Four of those were at the
surface feeding and we watched them from the boat. We saw a squadron of 5
Eagle Rays on one dive and a couple others throughout the week. There were
good size Napolean Wrasse on most dives. There were many different species
of eels... Green Morays, Spotted, White Face, Snow Flake, Masked, Dragon
and others. Lots of Lion Fish. Every dive had countless numbers of tropical
fish; Fusilers, several types of Butterfly fish and Angel Fish including
the Emporer, Flame and Blue Reticulated. We saw Octopus, a few White Tip,
Black Tip and Nurse Sharks, Turtles and too many Dolphin to count(Spinners
& Bottlenose). We saw schools Trevally on most dives, lots of 2-3'
Milkfish, a few large Yellow Finned Tuna and a couple Long Nose Hawk Fish.

The coral was in good shape. Mostly hard coral and a large variety; Plate,
Lettuce, Brain, Finger and more.

We stayed at the Shark Fin Hotel. The hotel accomadations were basic. Our
room/Bungalow had no TV, hot water or air condition. We were told if we
wanted air we could switch rooms, but being right on the beach we had
enough breeze that we were comfortable at night with the room fans. The
water was some where between slightly warm and cold. The food was cooked
and served family style and was very good to excellent. Throughout the week
we had Lobster, Tuna, Chicken and Pork all served with rice or potatoes and
vegetables. The hotel owner Jim, brought coffee to our room every morning
before breakfast. He also brought fresh Yellowfin Sashimi to our room every
afternoon about an hour before dinner.

We did not venture into town at night to the other restaurants or hotels. I
think there were only three. We usually had a beer or two at the hotel bar,
went to our room to review the days underwater pics, and tried to watch a
entire movie on the lap top without falling asleep.

Kiribati is definitely a third world country and there are no luxary
accomodations on the island. 
  
Overall, the diving was world class. I'd rate it one notch below Palau and
two notches above anything I have dove in the Carribean. 

Fishing is also world class, especially Bone Fishing. On our last day we
hired a guide and fished for Bones with a Fly Rod. Two of us caught 15 Bone
Fish and 5 Trevally in a few hours. I was great fun and a good way to get
rid of some nitrogen the day before we left.

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