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Dive Review of Ikari House in
Kiribati (Christmas Island)

August, 2013, an Instant Reader Report by Peter Deegan, Erskineville, AU (1 report)
Report Number 7099
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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

sunny, dry  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
28   to 30    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 30    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No restrictions, no paperwork / waivers, no c-card asked for.  Bring your
own gear - only tanks/weights available.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
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Boat Facilities
2 stars
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There's no rinse/storage tanks on the boats nor at Ikari House.  You're
pretty much left to your own resources. ...
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3 stars
Service and Attitude
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Overall Rating

Value for $$
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1 stars   
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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
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
The drive to the dock from Ikari takes only a few minutes while the trip to
dive sites lasts 20 minutes max.   ...
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