Look what Santa brought on December 21st. If that’s not the best Christmas present ever, I don’t know what is. It took me 178 dives to see my first Whaleshark under water. It was not very big, maybe 5-6m max, but isn’t it a beauty?
I’m on Christmas Island. I am still on Christmas Island. While nothing is wrong with the island itself, originally we had planned to abandon it for some days on Cocos/Keeling. However, Virgin Australia didn’t co-operate. I knew that flights between mainland Australia and the islands are cancelled frequently, and there was some risk involved. Maybe … [Read more…]
…the waterline is inhabited by a peaceful mix of Malays, Chinese, and other people, three species of land crabs, lots of birds and some other creatures. Some of the land is used for mining phosphate, but a lot of the surface belongs to a national park. Some nature impressions: Big Robber Crab Blue Crab One of … [Read more…]
the waterline is beautiful, but diving here is very different from places in Indonesia. Different how? At least on the east coast, there are mostly hard coral. The reef does not look as… fluffy as, say, around Halmahera. There are fan corals growing on some walls, but not that many. Lovers of Nudis or Lionfish will … [Read more…]
Christmas Island is a little piece of volcanic rock capped with phosphate – rich limestone in the Indian Ocean, a few hundred kilometers south of Java. It is an Australian territory and can be reached from Perth, or, as in my case, via the regular Saturday charter flight from Jakarta. The check – in counter … [Read more…]