Story: Glass Bottom Boat Tour
Presenter: Trevor Cochrane
Air Date: 6th December 2020
If you’re not a confident swimmer, the glass-bottom boat tour is a great way to explore the Cocos Keeling Islands’ spectacular marine life.
- The glass-bottom boat tour leaves from West Island and goes across the lagoon to Horsburgh Island before stopping at Direction Island and Prison Island.
- Horsburgh Island was named after the British hydrographer, James Horsburgh, who mapped the islands and named them after William Keeling.
- Horsburgh Island has a fascinating history. John Clunies-Ross set up a deer park on the island upon settlement and there was guns placements there in WWII.
- The waters surrounding the Cocos Keeling Islands have stunning coral reefs interwoven in a patchwork quilt amongst incredibly azure blue waters.
- The reefs, which are made up of sponges, corals and millions of colourful fish, are something to behold.
- The Phaeton is a shipwreck just off the coast of Direction Island. It ran aground in 1889 and is now home to a thriving ecosystem.
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