Cheap flights from Cocos (Keeling) Islands

The Territory of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, also known as Cocos Islands or Keeling Islands, is a territory of Australia located in the Indian Ocean, southwest of Christmas Island and midway between Australia and Sri Lanka. The territory is composed of two atolls and 27 coral islands, of which two – West Island and Home Island – are inhabited with a total population of approximately 600 permanent residents. The whole of the territory is divided between the North Keeling Island and the South Keeling Islands. The North is composed with a C-shaped Island atoll, while the South is made up of 24 islets, including Horsburgh Island, Direction Island, Prison Island, Home Island, Scaevola Islet, Ampang Minor, and many others. The islands are considered an external territory, with its capital as West Island and its largest village as Bantam. The islands mainly trade on its natural resources to yield revenues.

Where to go

Apart from learning about the short history of the islands and the local culture, most of the tourism activities in Cocos (Keeling) Islands are settled on exploring the waters and its atolls. Areas such as the Pulu Keeling National Park can be visited here. The Pulu Keeling National Park is Australia's sixth and smallest commonwealth national park, filled with rare flora and fauna. Further, travellers may also enjoy water sports and activities, including but not limited to scuba diving, swimming, kayaking, snorkelling, boating, fishing, and others. Note that not all islands have provisions for water activities, so might as well come prepared and bring your own equipment.

Moreover, the islands can also be explored via tours as offered by various companies. Water-based tours include the Home Island Fish and Snorkel tour, Glass-bottom boat tour, Zephyr kite and stand-up paddle (SUP) boarding tours, and motorised outrigger canoes and kayak hires. Land-based tours meanwhile include the Big Barge Art Retreat, Ossie's Home Island Tours, Coconut Farm tours, Clams and Art Tour, Photography workshop, bird watching tours, and many others.

To experience the whole package, it is best to pick and manage a few activities, or create a full itinerary that is good for four to seven days, or even more. Transfers and ferry rides might eat up the time you have in the islands, so make sure to include that in planning and extend the trip if needed.

The only flights available to and from the territory are provided by Virgin Australia. From the Cocos (Keeling) Island Airport, Virgin Australia flies to places including Christmas Island and Perth. If these are not the destinations that you wish to go to, you may fly out of the island and go to Perth, then from the Perth Airport explore other destination points. The Perth Airport is a domestic and international airport serving Perth, the capital and largest city of Western Australia. Perth's airport is the fourth busiest in Australia in terms of passenger traffic, and has flights to Auckland, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Kota Kinabalu, Singapore, and many others.

Similarly, long haul destinations from the country, apart from the flights going to Perth and Christmas Islands, are not available. Travellers who are looking for these types of flights are advised to fly to Perth and check the flights there. The Perth Airports offers services to areas as far as Africa and the Middle East, so travellers may get their fill.

How to get out

The only airport that serves Cocos (Keeling) Islands is the Cocos (Keeling) Islands Airport. It is located on West Island and has flights going to Christmas Island and Perth in Australia. The flights are operated by Virgin Australia.

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