The Cocos (Keeling) Islands is a territory of Australia, located in the Indian Ocean, midway between Australia and Sri Lanka. The territory consists of two atolls and 27 coral islands, of which two, West Island and Home Island, are inhabited with a total population of approximately 600. Could be a calm peace, am I right? 🙂
The inshore reefs allow great experience for snorkelers, the outer deep walls are for divers.
The atoll has an excellent marine life, over 500 species of fish have been recorded around the islands ( like surgeonfish, parrotfish, wrasse, damsels, angelfish, butterflyfish ) You have the chance here to see dolphins, manta rays, moray eels, dugongs, pelagics and even sharks! You can dive int he gardens of hydrocorals, soft corals, sea fans, anemones, black and stony corals. It is easy to discover here sea slugs, shrimps, flatworms, and crabs.
The water temperature is between 20 and 30 C degrees. The visibility is generally good (25+ meters).
And finally some Cocos Islands Snorkeling Spots :
It does not matter you are a beginner snorkeler or advanced, you will be under a spell in the Cocos aquarium.
A great spot for first-time snorkelers is the Humbug Drift alongside Prison Island. The water is shallow here ( 2-3 meters deep ) You can see here more corals and fish like parrotfish, butterflyfish, and wrasses.
The most famous snorkeling spot is the Rip located at the southern tip of Direction Island. This place is recommended for advanced snorkelers because there is current in the water. It runs from the outer reef towards the lagoon, but a safety rope is installed across the tail so you can swim back easily to the beach.
What can you see here at the Rip? There are many soft and hard corals and plenty of invertebrates. Fishline includes Napoleon fish, damselfish, butterflyfish, angelfish.
At the southern end of West Island (Pula Maraya) there is another shallow, safe snorkeling site with plenty of sea urchins, sea stars, rockcods, basslets, butterflyfish, bannerfish, angelfish, and parrotfish.
Are you ready to go? The dry season is from May till Nov with perfect conditions ( sunny sky, clear water, light wind, little chance of rain ) so it is not late to plan a holiday to Cocos Islands!