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Dive Review of Ikari House in
Kiribati (Christmas Island)

Ikari House, Aug, 2013,

by Peter Deegan, Erskineville, AU ( 1 report). Report 7099.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Guam, Yap, Palau, Maldives, Great Barrier Reef AU, Red Sea, Grand Turk, Tahiti, Niue, Papua New Guinea
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 28 to 30 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 10 to 30 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No restrictions, no paperwork / waivers, no c-card asked for. Bring your own gear - only tanks/weights available.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments There's no rinse/storage tanks on the boats nor at Ikari House. You're pretty much left to your own resources. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments The dive sites are pleasant and pristine. Lots of hard coral and many small fish which makes for a lovely underwater view. Visibility is usually 30 metres but if theres rain or tides unfavorable that can drop to 10-15 meter vis.
Water is warm around 28°C, I didnt need a wetsuit.
You definitely need a hat, sunscreen and covering when above the waterline.
Most dives were 18m or less. The dive to Boland Caves went to 25m.
Surface intervals can be enlivened with some fishing for tuna or trevally (catch and release) or, if youre lucky, some Spinner dolphins will put on a show. Look out for flying fish that can travel an amazing distance across the wave tops.
There are two dive boats. The larger one is preferable since it has a lot more shaded area. The smaller boat Wai Knot is big enough for a few divers but lacks shade. Theres no camera bucket on the boat. Ikari House has two-way radios on the boats, van and hotel which are used, among other things, to ensure theres a van waiting at the dock when boats return.

The drive to the dock from Ikari takes only a few minutes while the trip to dive sites lasts 20 minutes max. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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