Marine Life

Our Coral Islands host an incredible array of marine life. Over 500 species of fish, 100 species of hard corals, 600 species of molluscs, 200 species of crustaceans and nearly 100 species of echinoderms have been recorded around the islands.


On your visit to the Cocos Keeling Islands make sure to look out for turtles, manta rays and dolphins. Both Hawksbill and Green Turtles call the Cocos Keeling Islands home and can often be spotted in the lagoon. Green Turtles breed on Pulu Keeling National Park (North Keeling) and occasionally on the southern atoll. Bottlenose and common dolphins are also regulars in the water around the islands. Make sure to keep your eyes open when you take the ferry across the lagoon as they can regularly be seen playing around in the calm waters between the islands. Manta Rays can often be spotted when they gracefully glide through the torqouise blue water of the lagoon. The old jetty at the northern tip of West Island is a great place to spot turtles and occasionally manta rays.


The Cocos Keeling Islands and Christmas Island are the only places in the world that a unique group of marine species can be found. As fish from both the Indian and Pacific Ocean meet in the Cocos waters new species like the Cocos Pygmy Angelfish (Centropyge joculator), an extremely rare dwarf fish, develop.


While Whales are not common, they have been sighted in the waters surrounding the outer reef of the atoll. The outer lagoon also provides sea grass feeding and is home to a much loved local, lone male Dugong known as Kat.