Dive Site: Cannons

Best dive spot in Cocos Keeling Islands is Cannons. Scuba diving holiday travel planning for Cocos Keeling Islands - where, who and how

Site Overview

Site Type: Wreck and Reef; occasional mega fauna
Depth: Top: 16MMedian: 20MBottom: 25M
Location: Cocos (Keeling) Islands Lagoon

Description

Cannons is another interesting wreck and reef dive inside the lagoon.

Best dive spot in Cocos Keeling Islands is Cannons. Scuba diving holiday travel planning for Cocos Keeling Islands - where, who and how

Named after the six cannons which are rusted together in two separate clusters on the seabed.  Here’s a short video of the amazing variety of fish, reef shark, turtles and manta to be seen there.  (I got so carried away with the animate stuff – I forgot to film the cannons!)

Dieter’s theory is that these cannons were probably used as ballast in wooden ships making the journey out to Cocos and for some reason were taken ashore and stored on Cocos. (Maybe if you’re shipping back a boat load of coconuts – you don’t need the extra weight).

Best dive spot in Cocos Keeling Islands is Cannons. Scuba diving holiday travel planning for Cocos Keeling Islands - where, who and how

Then, like many other things, when it seems they were just in the way, someone decided to go and get rid of them by just dumping them in the lagoon. There are also metallic parts of wreckage of at least one other wreck in the vicinity though the different bits are hard to piece together to work out what much of it may have been.

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Of course the wreckage is only the sideshow to the interesting coral and sea life. Mainly because we got to see this VIF of fish – the Cocos Pygmy Angelfish.

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Other interesting critters included this Steep Head Parrot

Best dive spot in Cocos Keeling Islands is Cannons. Scuba diving holiday travel planning for Cocos Keeling Islands - where, who and how

… and a shy octopus.

Best dive spot in Cocos Keeling Islands is Cannons. Scuba diving holiday travel planning for Cocos Keeling Islands - where, who and how

Also a drop-off at the back of this reef where if you sit quietly for long enough you will see a couple of different types of shark cruising by 28 m.

Best dive spot in Cocos Keeling Islands is Cannons. Scuba diving holiday travel planning for Cocos Keeling Islands - where, who and how

Or more pleasantly, creep up behind a snoozing turtle.

Best dive spot in Cocos Keeling Islands is Cannons. Scuba diving holiday travel planning for Cocos Keeling Islands - where, who and how

Also, a perfectly good safe.

Best dive spot in Cocos Keeling Islands is Cannons. Scuba diving holiday travel planning for Cocos Keeling Islands - where, who and how

It’s rumoured that there is an ex-safecracker living on Cocos who would dearly like Dieter to pull that safe out of the water and to see what’s inside. For now, we can only ponder what treasure it might hold.