Location: Flying Fish Cove, Christmas Island

 

Today started out with the wonderful smell of chocolate chip muffins for breakfast. Everyone was quickly out on deck and ready to eat, especially because we had an extra restful night, due to anchor watch being suspended. After breakfast, we had an extended Marine Biology class in which we discussed our papers that we just turned in regarding artificial reefs as well as many different types of corals. We learned about corals early because when we dive next to Cocos Keeling, there will be oodles of different types of corals. After class, we all went our different ways. Some people stayed on the boat to finish their autobiographies that were due in SLD. Most people had them done already. The people that were working on their advanced diver certifications did their last dive, while other people dove for fun. After this deep dive, they all officially became advanced divers! The rest of the crew went to explore the island. After an enormous lunch of mincemeat burgers made by a local couple on the island, we went out to explore the local area. Unfortunately, not much was open on the island due to the fact that it was a national holiday, a part of Territory Week, to be exact. So instead of going to the local shops, we went out in search of the island’s natural beauty. We saw many beautiful cliffs, blowholes, and even a small waterfall. We finished up our island time by going to the grocery store to get any last-minute provisions before our journey to Cocos Keeling and then to Mauritius. Once back onboard, Argo, everyone went straight into passage prep to get a jump on tomorrow, so we can leave as soon as we get fuel. Everyone got showered off and then dressed up because, after dinner, we get to have a night out. None of us were really expecting this night out, so it was a pleasant surprise for all. I think it is safe to say that we all have enjoyed Christmas Island thoroughly and we are excited to see what kind of nightlife they have in store. (I just realized we are a third of the way through the trip, time really does fly!)