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Dive Map of Cocos (Keeling) IslandIn short, the Islands are an idyllic setting for the holiday experience of a lifetime. Far removed from the hustle and bustle of mainland Australia, the Cocos Keeling Islands offers visitors a unique relaxing holiday. 

The Cocos (Keeling) Islands entices not only divers to its pristine environment. Over the past few years the islands' popularity has swelled with windsurfers, kite surfers and surfboard riders. The South-East trade winds experienced during our "winter" months of July to October offer ideal conditions for these enthusiasts to enjoy. In peak periods the southern end of the lagoon is awash with colourful sails and kites, whilst the Q-Station Bay gives surfers a consistent left-hand break.

One island that is a must for all water sport enthusiasts is Direction Island. Just a short boat ride from the main tourist island is Direction Island. It is an uninhabited paradise with white sandy beaches and swaying palm trees. This is what dreams are made of, here you can snorkel and dive with a myriad of tropical fish, enjoy BBQ lunches or just laze in the sun.


Travel Tips to Cocos (Keeling) Island

Direction Island, Cocos Keeling Islands - Dive Adventures AustraliaGeneral Information: Language: English is the official language. Malaysian, mandarin and other Chinese languages are widely spoken.

Electricity: Cocos Keeling Islands operates on 240 Volt

Currency: Australian Dollars are used throughout Cocos Keeling Islands.

Passport / Visa requirements: Cocos Keeling Islands is considered an International destination for Australian customs and quarantine. All Australian citizens should bring their passports. (Photographic ID is accepted and is an alternative form of ID) No Visa is required for Australian citizens

  • Cocos (Keeling) Island Geographical Information

    The Cocos Keeling Island group is an isolated cluster of Islands located in the Indian Ocean about 2750km North-West of Perth and 3685km West of Darwin. 

    The Cocos Island cluster comprises of 27 coral islands forming two atolls offering clear blue skies, beautiful white sandy beaches and a tropical climate. 

  • Things to do in Cocos (Keeling) Island

    Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of water sport activities including: Scuba diving, Snorkelling, Fishing, Sailing, Sailboarding and Kite surfing.

  • When to Travel to Cocos (Keeling) Island

    Cocos Island enjoys a balmy tropical climate throughout the year. Temperatures rarely exceed 32C or fall below 20C. Showery rain, falls most often during the night. Tropical cyclone season runs from 1 November to 30 April, during this time you may encounter sultry weather and light winds. The remainder of the year is dominated by the south east trade winds.

  • Scuba Diving in Cocos (Keeling) Island

    The Cocos Islands offer guests some of the most amazing diving and snorkelling in the world. With uncrowded dive sites, awesome and diverse marine life and spectacular pristine gardens of hard and soft corals. The surrounding ocean of the atoll enjoys an average visibility of 25 metres. Couple this with its warm waters (26°-29° C) and you have perfect diving conditions. The waters around the coral atoll are abundant with pelagics; sharks are seen regularly. Schools of giant Barracuda, Big-Eye Trevally (Jacks), Dog-Tooth Tuna and Rainbow Runners are just afew of the fantastic varieties of fish to be seen.

    Whilst diving or snorkelling you may also be paid a visit by our gentledolphins, turtles or majestic manta rays, or even an illusive, lone Dugong, affectionately known as Kat. These beautiful marine creatures are here all year round.

    Dive Cocos Island AustraliaSpectacular coral gardens, both hard and soft, are here to be enjoyed by all. Over 100 species of hard corals have been recorded along with beautiful soft leather corals, spiky tree corals and gardens of gorgonian fans. Mantas often join the divers, coming up the walls or soaring above, playing in the bubbles. Not to be forgotten are the smaller, more colourful marine life: butterfly fish, damselfish, parrotfish, wrasse including the majestic Napoleon fish and angelfish, Nudibranchs, Morays and Octopus; the diversity of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands is endless. There are over 25 regularly visited dive sites, each unique in its own special way. The terrain of the atoll allows divers of all experience levels to enjoy these sites.

    Pulu Keeling National Park is some 14km north of the southern atoll and can be visited during the calmer summer months. Dive where few have been before - an experience of a lifetime, excellent drop-offs, fantastic fish life and pristine corals. Pulu Keeling is also the resting place of the infamous German Raider, SMS Emden. Trips to Pulu Keeling are totally weather dependent and subject to permit conditions, supervised by Parks Australia North.

    Some of the most popular dive sites are as follows.

    The Cabbage Patch

    Dive Cocos Island AustraliEnter the world of beautiful green and gold cabbage shaped coral. Thousands of tiny anthias and chromis hover just above the coral. The pristine dive site is considered by many guests as a must do dive!

     

    Fan Wall

    A spectacular steep wall to 30 metres before it falls away to a sheer drop. Gorgonian Fans cling to the sides of the walls, swaying in the gentle current. If you keep a close eye out into the blue Grey reef sharks often cruise by. Also keep an ever watchful eye out for those amazing mantas.

    Garden of Eden

    Be prepared for big pelagics. Sharks, tuna, rainbow runners and barracuda, as they usually congregate along the wall. Big Eye trevally usually come in for a closer look, surrounding the divers so as you are in Fish Soup. The site also has unbelievable forests of Gorgonian Fans.

    Two Caves

    Dive Cocos Island AustraliaThis is the site of an illegal Sri Lankan boat that was sunk as a dive site. It has enticed a school of bat fish that call it home, along with other smaller fish. “Kat” the dugong is often seen here along with Manta’s and sharks. Over the drop off are two small caves where sleeping white tips are often found.

    Rose Wall

    Cascading down the wall to about 50 metres is this rosy coloured hard coral. Smaller fish love it - a sanctuary for them to dart into as you drift past. Coming back up the scenery changes to a mixture of plates and leather corals. Schools of Surgeonfish and Parrotfish often graze, rising in a wave of colour to sink back down into the corals to feed.


  • Hotels and Resorts in Cocos (Keeling) Island

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