Oyster Yachts World Rally Visit

 Visiting yachties,  Don, Tom and Len, after their relaxing dive in Flying Fish Cove.

Visiting yachties, Don, Tom and Len, after their relaxing dive in Flying Fish Cove.

This week on Christmas Island, Flying Fish Cove was host to eight of the 29 Oyster yachts signed up to sail the world in the second Oyster World Rally 2017-19.

Starting on 15th January 2017 from Antigua, this 27,000 mile circumnavigation, taking over 27 months and comprising four connecting stages, participants are exploring the Pacific and Asian islands, including Christmas and Cocos Keeling!! Follow the adventure.

Whilst not all sailors are divers, we managed to take a few of the yachties down below to see what was underneath their moorings. After having dived in Tahiti, Vanuatu and the Great Barrier Reef, these divers were amazed by the health and vibrancy of our house reef.

“That was awesome!! Those clams were huge and the visibility was just stunning”, Don commented.

We also had a crew of 5 from UK, David, Tom, Linda, Deb and Hugh, joined us for our half day boat diving tour, around the coast to Thundercliff Cave. All were stunned at the incredible diving offered here in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

From all of us at Christmas Island Wet’n’Dry Adventures we wish you a Bon Voyage and hope that you will visit us again one day.

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PADI Women's Dive Day 2018

 Thanks to this awesome bunch of #womendivers 

Thanks to this awesome bunch of #womendivers 

A few weeks ago, fresh back from Japan, I was desperately seeking some dive buddies to get back underwater. I remembered heaps of women who had dive tickets, but couldn't find any who had been diving in the last few years (mostly due to motherhood). And so our group, 'Mama Divers' was born!

With Hama offering a refresher for those whose skills were a little rusty, we were soon back on track and back in the water - with a weekly dive for women, at our local reef, Flying Fish Cove. Then, as a coincidence, I discovered that PADI were having their annual 'women's dive day' event and the timing was just too poetic to ignore.

So we invited a bunch of Mama Divers to get together to celebrate Women in scuba for PADI Women's Dive Day 2018!

Congratulations to Arfah Omar, Farzian Zainal and Marnie Bell for coming out of diving retirement after years and years with no dives!!! They all slipped back into the water with no dramas and had an awesome dive. Great to see you back under water ladies!!

Thanks to everyone for coming. Hope we can make this a tradition that sticks! 

See you again next week!! Lin :)

 Farzian, Arfah and Marnie on their way back to shore.

Farzian, Arfah and Marnie on their way back to shore.

Congrats to Ryan and Dane!

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Our latest PADI Open Water divers, locals Dane and Ryan on their final boat dive. Welcome to the club guys!! Hope to see you underwater again soon!

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Wet'n'Dry turns 24!

 Happy 24th Anniversary CI Wet'n'Dry Adventures

Happy 24th Anniversary CI Wet'n'Dry Adventures

On this day 24 years ago a young WA couple, Wayne Stewart and Leanne Hammence, decided to start a dive business on Christmas Island. Christmas Island Wet’n’Dry Adventures was born, starting out in a small flat in the Kampong.

In early 1996, a Japanese guy arrived for a diving holiday. Although he was meant to stay for only 3 days, he ripped-up his return ticket to Japan and stayed. Despite having very little English, he plucked up the courage to ask Wayne (with his English dictionary in his left hand) for a job: “Me. Diving. Job,” and he has been diving here on Christmas Island ever since!

By 1999, Wayne and Leanne were ready for a change and that Japanese guy(now with slightly better English) took on their business as his own. With just 14 tanks, 4 x sets of rental gear, a 1974 model Land Rover and “Feral” the trusty boat. Hama ran the business from his tiny backpacker’s  room behind the Rumah Tinggi.

He had the opportunity to expand his business on many occasions, but he made the conscious decision to keep it small and personal. Focusing on small groups with small impact, he places a high value on friendly customer service.

22 years later he is still here on the island, running the same small business.  Now he has help from his wife, two daughters and dive master extroadinaire, Lynny Jenyns.

Thank you to Wayne and Leanne. None of this would have been possible without your support and kindness. Hama still cant believe the serendipity when he discovered that the business was registered on 13th June, Hama’s birthday.    “This is my business, it is my destiny” 

Happy 24th Anniversary Wet’nDry. Happy Birthday Hama. Thank you Wayne and Leanne.

 Happy Birthday Hama.

Happy Birthday Hama.

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Another Happy Diver In the World

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Congratulations to Sam for completing her PADI Open Water Diver course. We wish her all the best as she heads off to explore a whole new world underwater. Dive wherever you go!!

Congrats to our New Divers

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Everything is OK!! Congratulations to Erica and Najla, our happy new Open Water divers. Looking forward to many more dives in the Indian Ocean and beyond with you both. Cheers.

Hot and Spicy Divers

Hot and Spicy Divers

 Happy 60th Birthday Matt!

Happy 60th Birthday Matt!

Big thanks to Matt and Christol and Will and Charmaine for changing your holiday plans to fit in with our return from Japan, much appreciated.

Also, Happy 60th Birthday to Matt, may you enjoy all the benefits of your seniors card!! Hama and Lynny now want to have a special heated wetsuit just like yours!! We will be working on your suggestion for an onboard sashimi and wasabi bar, so please come and visit us again soon!!

Happy Birthday Sue

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Happy Birthday Sue!!!

Thanks for sharing your special day with WetnDry, or should we say 'WetnWet'. Although our surprise was a little soggier than planned, (that rain just wouldn't let up) you still managed to smile and have fun. What great sports! Your birthday dive trip will now also go in our logs as our 'PINKest' dive ever!!!  

Thank you Sue and Barry for coming to dive with us every year, we hope you had a great time. 

Cave Warriors

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Cave Warriors

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A big thank you to our "Cave Warriors" aka Janet&Wayne, Deb &Rob and Marg &Garry for showing your appreciation in true Christmas Island fashion: on the roundabout blackboards!

Its nice to be appreciated and seriously it was a pleasure to have you on board. Hope we see you back again some day soon.

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Christmas Island Hybrids

Christmas Island Hybrids

 Lemon Peel and Eibl's Angelfish hybrid.

Lemon Peel and Eibl's Angelfish hybrid.

Today's guest blogger, marine biologist Dr. J.P. Hobbs, has been studying Christmas Island underwater for over 10 years and has a particular interest in marine hybrids.

'Christmas Island has more hybrid fish than anywhere else in the world, making it a marine hybridization zone of international significance!'

Christmas Island is surrounded by a narrow fringing reef which supports bountiful marine life, including 88 coral species and more than 650 species of fish. The island is located on the edge of the Java Trench, the deepest point in the Indian Ocean, creating spectacular steep drop-offs just beyond the fringing reefs.

Christmas Island’s  fish community is distinctive because the island is a meeting place for Indian and Pacific Ocean fish species – it’s one of the few locations in the world where Indian and Pacific Ocean fish swim side by side. Some of these species interbreed to produce hybrids. Christmas Island has more hybrid fish than anywhere else in the world, making it a marine hybridization zone of international significance.

At least 11 different hybrids have been recorded at Christmas Island. These hybrids are often a result of interbreeding between Indian and Pacific Ocean species. Usually one of the parent species is rare and unable to find a partner, forcing it to mate with the next closest species. On Christmas Island, species of surgeonfish, butterflyfish, angelfish, triggerfish, wrasse and toadfish have been know to produce hybrids. The hybrids are identified by their unique colour patterns, which are a mixture of the two parent species.For example, the Lemon Peel and Eibl's Angelfish come together to create the beautiful hybrid pictured above. Hybrids can be seen in the same locations as the parent species and often in the same social groups. So keep your eye out for them the next time you are out snorkelling or diving on Christmas Island.