Diving with Wet n Dry
Exploring the waters surrounding Christmas Island is an experience not to be missed. A myriad of tropical fish swim by in only metres of water, while a short distance away, divers can cruise the drop-off, which plunges dramatically into the abyss.
Whether you like to search for the secretive little critters or prefer to keep your eye on the blue for the bigger beasts, Christmas Island hosts a vast array
of tropical fish species, nudibranchs, pelagics , turtles and sharks. With special guest stars, whalesharks and mantas, dropping by between November to April to get in on the plankton action.
The great thing about diving on CI is that we have access all year round. However conditions do vary between WET and DRY seasons:
WET [November – March]: ocean conditions occasionally rough on the Northern side of the island, but we have an alternative launch site on the East side and access to ordinarily choppy sites improves. Can be rainy but visibility remains in the 20m. This is also the time the whalesharks and mantas visit these waters. Average water temp. = 28°C
NB: Manager reserves the right to cancel diving if conditions affect safety of divers. Refunds and alternative activities offered.
DRY [April – October]: ocean conditions calm in North and West side of the Island. Good visibility. Same amazing diversity ; less divers. Average water temp. = 26°C
While we do experience some quick currents in parts of the island, most of our sites have very predictable and slow water movement. The dive master checks the current, prior to briefing, on sites with changeable patterns. Generally we like to ‘go with the flow’ at Wet’n’Dry, so most sites are drift (not return) dives and the boat is waiting for us at the end point.
Average maximum air temperature is approximately 28°C all year round, with slightly cooler conditions during July-August. Because of surrounding ocean influence, the relative humidity does not fluctuate seasonally and remains around 80-90%. Water temperatures range from a maximum of 30°C in wet season to a chilly 25°C in the dry season. Most divers are happy with a full- length 3mm suit for much of the year, but if you feel the cold you might want a 5mm or a hood!
As Christmas Island is a remote location we prefer to err on the side of caution with conservative dive profiles and lengthy surface intervals. There is currently no decompression chamber on Christmas Island, and although we have excellent medical staff available, we recommend that all visitor’s have dive insurance. Christmas Island Wet’n'Dry Adventures are supporters of DAN AP (Diver’s Alert Network Asia Pacific) who provide Worldwide Emergency Evacuation Coverage and optional Dive Injury (Treatment) Insurance Services for Members.Click here for more details.
Check out some of our awesome dives using our interactive map….cool! View Dive Sites
See what’s in store for you each day to assess whether you’ll be able to cope with that much fun packed into such a short time. View Daily Schedule
Every colour you can imagine and more, in all shapes and sizes. Find out what you are likely to see in CI underwater. View Creatures