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Dive Review of Dive Kiribati/Captain Cook Hotel in
Kiribati (Christmas Island)

Dive Kiribati/Captain Cook Hotel, Feb, 2003,

by Dorothy McDonald, Ohio, USA (Contributor Contributor 18 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 390.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas
Water Temp 80 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
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
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The diving on Kiribati is so good that this was our second trip and we encourage anyone who enjoys diving and who doesn't mind roughing it a bit to head for this unique island. There is one plane a week to/from Honolulu - so you are there for the week. This is a Third World Country where most people don't have running water and electricity and most visitors are fishermen. The Captain Cook Hotel,the most modern place on the island, is very basic but comfortable. The main part of the "hotel" was formerly British Officers barracks (some of the rooms are air-conditioned). Cottages have also been built along the beach - beautiful view - no air-conditioning. Pitchers of drinkable water and ice are put in your room's mini-fridge daily - the tap water is not drinkable. Meals at the Captain Cook are served family style and there is always a variety to choose from and in any evening could include tacos, baked chicken, and tuna. Food is good but not gourmet. Since fishermen and divers leave after breakfast and don't return until late afternoon, sandwich fixings and fresh fruit are set out at breakfast and everyone makes their own sack lunch. Kim Andersen, an American, runs the only dive operation. Diving is done from one of two motorized outrigger/catamaran type boats. Kim meets you at the airport and you can expect to go diving the day you arrive. Both times we've been there we were the only divers, so basically could do whatever we liked. Shore dives can also be done - entry can be pretty rough. There is a large variety of tropical fish, everything from flame angels to dragon eels to lion fish to gold-flake Angel fish (Kim told us they are only found in this area)and many more. Trevally are seen on every dive. A huge scool of barracuda seemed to hang out at one location. Other places we'd see Napoleon Wrasse. Sharks and turtles are seen on most dives. A small school of dolphin swam in front of us on one dive. Lots of mantas. A juvenile manta became very curious in us and spent over half an hour with us - coming within a foot to make eye contact and continually circling us. We'd often see mantas feeding on the surface, we'd get into the water with snorkel gear on, Kim would move the boat away and we'd float with the mantas feeding all around us. There was a school of hundreds of spinner dolphin - we'd don masks and snorkels, hang onto the outrigger's pontoon while Kim drove the boat. The dolphins (some mother's with babies) would be frolicking all around us. Most of the time the water was calm without any strong currents. Kim and his staff did everything possible to make our experience a great one. The time to go is now - before development and high-rises come to the island! Trips can be arranged through Frontiers International 1-800-245-1950 or contact Kim Andersen at divekiribati@juno.com
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