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Christmas Island

This time 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 Day 1777.   See: http://www.janeresture.com/christmas/index.htm for a great website about Christmas Island and more information.  This site is good!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(above) 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.

 

           

This 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.

 

 

 

 

We stayed in two  huts with running water, 110V electricity and U.S. outlets! Mine was on the beach so I could hear the waves

Click here for Pictures of Christmas Island

Me at Cassidy Airport. Picture was taken by Jim Watt.

 

 

 

 

 

Have 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.  

 

 

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 E-mail me: Bettina@bettinalaier.com

 

 

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