Christmas Point – Island 9
At a glance
• Max depth: Sixty meters +
• Level of difficulty: Open Water upwards.
• Visibility: varying between ten and forty metres
• Current: Moderate to strong
• Season: October / May
Christmas Point is on the northern end of Island nine next to another famous dive site North Point and similar to north point it is a series of large underwater pinnacles.
The location does encourage quite strong currents at times and the drop here is very dramatic when diving here it is easy to forget your depth, so take caution as the visibly can be good and it’s easy to drop down to fifty metres and beyond quite quickly.
The dive site is very popular with Liveaboards from Phuket and Khao Lak as it is quite a testing site yet well worth the effort.
The site has a couple of marker buoys so dropping down on one is a very good idea, then you should see at around eighteen metres a cluster of granite rocks and a small swim-through, following on from this there is another swim through closely guarded by a large Gorgonian Sea fan.
Here you can find some huge groupers just chilling out there are Surgeonfish and Sweet Lips here too. Carry on and follow the tunnel to the end and you will find yourself at about twenty-two metres then and at the end turn right and there are usually lionfish and some great macro life, such as Nudibranch, Cowries and Flatworms.
Further north there are some fine corals both soft and hard varieties, careful please with your fins, I have seen several Ribbon Eels here both female and male. After here, it starts to get deep real fast be mindful of the current sweeping you out into the depths as tempting as it is, watches your depth
I have also, over the years seen large Napoleon Wrasse here. You will also see Barracudas, Trevallies, and Rainbow Runners and maybe down deep if the viz is good you can spot the large groupers patrolling below.
I have also seen Tuna, here recently there was a large pair of Dogtooth looking quite intimidating, obviously out hunting lunch. It is possible to see White Tip Reefs Sharks, though they tend to be rather deep, sometimes further than forty metres down.
Heading back into the shallow part of the site there are lots of corals and some Gorgonian Sea Fans to check out, it's always worth looking closely as they are home to an abundance of macro life.
Other critters to look out for here are large Giant Morays, Porcupine, Mappa and Pufferfish, there are some Emperor and Blue Ringed Angelfish you may even spot a juvenile or two, they are beautiful. Lots of macro like Crabs, Nudi’s, Cowries & Lobster, and shrimps all call Christmas Point home.
It’s wild, it’s rugged, it's deep and fast and yes its brilliant.