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Dive Review of Cocos Dive in
Australia/Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Cocos Dive: "Against all odds we had a great dive experience", Apr, 2018,

by Christhol Swanson, NT, AU (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 10420 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The Great
Everything is in walking distance. We walked from the airport to our accommodation at Cocos Castaway. The Cocos Castaway is the absolute best, everything you want is there. Washing machine in the room, freezer on the balcony, sharp knives for the sour dough bread purchased from the local bakery, a short stroll to the foreshore for evening drinks, supermarket across the road, close enough to the library to get WIFI and even portable clothes racks to dry clothes in the air con overnight. Just perfect.
The Diving
Having exclusively dived in Indonesia where concierge service is provided it was a refreshing change to be more involved. We lugged tanks and equipment, set up our own equipment, rinsed and hung up our gear at end of the day, assisted with getting the boat onto the trailer. Once you got to know Dieter's routine it was best to stick to it and help him along.
Three course lunch was provided each day, cup of soup, freshly made bread, meat and salad followed by bag of lollies. Yum.
Each dive day had two dives. We started after 8am and finishing before 4pm a long day. Surface interval was generally on Direction Island and a minimum of 2 hours. Direction Island has toilet facilities which were very welcome.
There are plentiful and varied dive sites the most memorable for me was Winter Wall, a deep dive with a magnificent upward view of a huge single coral. We finished of the dive seeing the resident dugong rubbing itself up against the anchor chain.
The Weather
The weather could have been much better; it was windy, rainy and overcast. The seas were choppy and getting onto the boat after diving was interesting to say the very least. Alas we took it in our stride and braved the elements as all good divers would.
The Bad
The cost of the flights from Perth is excessive and to top it off when you book and pay for additional luggage you are informed that the “additional” bag may not arrive at the check-in counter. In our case had been booked and paid for the “additional” baggage some months ahead. Now, if I had turned up at the airport with extra luggage that has not been prebooked that is different but being told your additional bag may not arrive is disconcerting.

All things considered a great time was had by all of us, 3 divers and a snorkeler, and the answer is YES I would love to go again.

So why against all odds you ask?? Well, I clumsily fell off the boat on the first day coming up the steps, my brother flooded his camera and broke the strap on his dive computer, Dieter's big boat broke down on the first day and we got towed home by the Australian Federal Police so we dived from the smaller boat for the rest of the week.
Websites Cocos Dive   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Australia
Closest Airport Cocos (Keeling) Airport Getting There There are flights from both Christmas Island and Perth, West Australia. Note the flight loop changes depending on day.
Saturday flight is PER to CCK to XCH to PER. Tuesday flight is PER to XCH to CCK to PER.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 28-28°C / 82-82°F Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 25-40 M / 82-131 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Fifty Minutes and/or Fifty Bar however in our case it was generally sixty minutes and seventy bar.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
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