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Christmas Island Underwater: Flying Fish Cove

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Having recently celebrated our sea with Sea Week, we thought we’d share some of our favourite underwater places with you on the blog.

To kick things off, everyone’s favourite waterhole, whatever watersport you choose, be that swimming, snorkeling, surfing, kayaking or sailing (or jumping off the jetty).

Many people would rate Flying Fish Cove as the best shore dive in the Indian Ocean (not just locals!) Here’s just one way of exploring it…

Your dive starts to get interesting within a few seconds/metres of entering the water. It goes a little like this…

Follow the line of the jetty straight out until you hit the drop off, turn left, work your way along the drop off to about 18m, work your way back up to about 9m and make your way back along the shallows back to shore.

Along the way you’ll see more fish and coral types in that one dive than you’d see in a week at other places. Here’s a small sample of what you might see on a single dive.


The Longnose Butterflyfish.


Racoon Butterflyfish


The Freckled Hawkfish


The Whitetail Squirrelfish


The Coral Grouper or Rockcod.


The Blue Tang, also now known as a “Dory”.


The Bluelined Surgeonfish


Meyer’s Butterflyfish is very common at Christmas Island and neighbouring Cocos Keeling Islands.


The Blackspotted Pufferfish that has a face remarkably like a sealion.


The Ornate Hawkfish.

Have we tempted you yet? Check out this video...

Tagged in: diving ocean underwater


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