the trip was to Christmas Island, Republic of Kiribati, in the
mid-pacific for a Skin Diver Magazine photo shoot with Doug Perrine
& Jim Watt. Christmas
(Kiritimati) Island is the largest coral atoll in the world with an
area of 248 square miles of which 125 square miles is land and the
remainder lagoon. It is 1,335 miles from Honolulu; 4,000 miles from
Sydney, Australia and 3,250 miles from San Francisco. It lies along
longitude 157 degrees west and latitudes 1 degree 42' north and 2
degrees 3' north. It is 145 miles north of the equator. It
is part of the Line Islands and the Republic of Kiribati (ti
pronounced as an s). Capt. James Cook discovered it on Christmas
for a great website about Christmas Island and more information.
This site is good!!
This is a picture of Cook Island. It is right in the mouth of the
Lagoon. (right) Is a picture of the dive boat as seen from my hut.
is an aerial shot of Christmas Island. It is located 3 hours (by jet) due
south of Hawaii. Only one jet arrives & departs per week.
in two huts with running water, 110V electricity and U.S.
outlets! Mine was on the beach so I could hear the waves
at Cassidy Airport. Picture was taken by Jim Watt.
to say, I had a great time on this trip. Dive Kiribati took
us to great dive sites, Kim's
wife kept us well fed, and I also kept the cat "Hey Cat" well
fed as well. Christmas Island wasn't very hard to get to. I took
American Airlines to Honolulu, then
Aloha Airlines to Christmas Island. One thing travelers need to be
aware of...there is only one flight in & out per week, usually on
Sundays. One more thing...there is no phone service either, but Kim had
a satelite phone if needed.