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Dive Review of Dive Kiribati/Captain Cooks in
Kiribati (Christmas Island)

October, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by scott johnson, ca, usa
Sr. Contributor   (20 reports)
Report Number 2143
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
palau, cozumel, red sea, chuuk, hawaii, galapagos etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm, choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
1
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
?  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
only you abilities  
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
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
1 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
Christmas Island (Kiribati)10-17 thru 10-18-05
 

I spent the week diving with Kim Anderson the owner of Dive Kiribati he and
his staff were great! Talk about the Royal treatment I was the only diver
there! How Kim can remember all hose great dive sites is beyond me as there
are no moorings. The diving at Kiribati (Kitty-buss) was very good and I
compare everything to Palau.

The numbers of small to medium tropical fish abound in Kiribati. On many or
the reefs I saw two to three times the number of tropical fish than I have
seen in Palau. You will see Sturgeonfish, Peacock Flounders, Nudibranches,
Giant Barracudas, Spotted eagle rays, Snappers (many to choose from),
Moorish idols, Trevallys, Mantas, Octopus, Dolphins, Occasional sharks
etc. etc. I did not get to see the all the big stuff.They were out in the
Poland area or Bay of Wrecks. That is where the Big Wrasse and the Groupers
are. I get sea sick and we had a few windy days come up while I was
there.got to the sites twice.and we turned around twice.

Unfortunately the Pelagic population has been decimated due to Shark fining
and Spear fishing for sport which is legal in Kiribati. The government
should do something to stop this by imposing stiff fines and jail time.
Being it is a socialist government, they do not care. What a shame! I
believe ten years ago this diving would of exceeded Palau!

This is a worthwhile diving destination. Easy access from the US, only
three hours from Honolulu. Butand this is a Big But.be prepared this is
the 4th world! If you want contact with the outside world, make sure you
bring a satellite phone. Accommodations are less than basic; I stayed at
Captain Cooks the nicest motel on the Island. The food was great but the
rooms.leave a little bit to be desired for a basic room. Also when you get
travel insurance for this destination make sure your Med Vac service
includes the Coast Guard as they are the only ones who will respondwithin
a few hours.

With the new Air Pacific flight out of Honolulu, Christmas Island again has
reliable Air service. I will be there again next year!

Kim thanks for everything.Ill be back.
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