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Destination of the Month
Australia – Christmas Island
Located 2600km off the coast of Western Australia, Christmas Island is a dog-shaped speck in the middle of the Indian Ocean. A sea cliff dominates the 80km coastline, only broken up by small sand and coral beaches with shallow bays. A narrow coral reef rings the island, with a steep drop-off 200m from the shore.
Christmas Island is the epitome of ‘where the forest meets the sea’. The northern tip of the island is the only inhabited area, and Flying Fish Cove is the main settlement. The rest of the island is the Christmas Island National Park – a rich, lush swathe of rainforest sweeping down towards the sea. Living in this rainforest is an array of endemic species including the Christmas Island Flying Fox, Christmas Frigatebird, the critically endangered Blue Tailed Skink, and the renowned Christmas Island Red Crab.
The Red Crab Migration is a phenomenal annual event that sees millions of red crabs leave their forest homes with the first rains of the wet season and make their way with gusto towards the ocean to mate and spawn.
Dive along pristine reefs supporting over 88 species of coral and 650 different kinds of fish life. From the smallest shrimp to the biggest fish in the ocean, Christmas Island has something special to offer all divers.
In the Spotlight
Australia – Queensland – Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort
Imagine diving in the world’s biggest aquarium, the Great Barrier Reef and experiencing crystal clear water with an amazing array of marine life. Since being declared a Green Zone (no-take, fish or spear) in 2003, the marine environment around Lady Elliot Island has gone from ‘Great’ to ‘Amazing’! The diversity, quantity and size of the marine animals is truly remarkable and it’s just getting better with the passage of time.
Lady Elliot Island offers a tremendous, and almost unparalleled anywhere, diversity of uncrowded easily accessible dive locations to experience the biggest coral reef system in the world.
Visibility is over 20 metres for much of the year and encounters with giant Manta Rays, Green, Hawksbill and Loggerhead Turtles and an abundance of incredible marine life are a daily occurrence. PADI has voted Lady Elliot Island as one of the ‘Top 5’ locations in the world to go diving with Manta Rays. They regularly have close encounters with whales underwater while diving and snorkelling in May right through to October.
Access via aircraft from the Gold Coast, Brisbane (Redcliffe), Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) and Bundaberg.
About Dive Adventures
Established in 1986, Dive Adventures is Australia’s leading diving holiday specialist.
Our knowledge of the Pacific and Southeast Asia region with its abundance of world class dive sites is second to none. We provide for all levels of diving skills from beginners to experienced and special interest diving from coral reefs, prolific sea life through to specialized tech cave and wreck diving.
Our experienced team of travel consultants are all qualified divers and offer expert advice in the planning and booking of each aspect of your diving holiday, including the flights, accommodation and the type of diving and conditions to suit your experience level.
Dive Adventures only use the most reputable operators and our packages are thoroughly researched to provide the best value and unique diving experience to meet your individual requirements.