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Christmas Island is a beautiful lone island in the Indian Ocean that is part of the territory of Australia. It is located at about 2,600 kilometres northwest of Perth, Western Australia, and 500 kilometres south of Indonesia. The island got its name for having been discovered on Christmas day in 1643. It has a land area of 135 square kilometres with 140 kilometres of coastline. It has a population of about 2,000 residents who predominantly live in a number of settlement areas on the northern part of the island in Flying Fish Cove, Silver City, Poon Saan, and Drumsite. Majority of the population in the island are Chinese Australians. Because the island is geographically isolated, there is minimal human disturbance, making the island rich in natural resources. Christmas Island has a seemingly continuous sea cliff up to 20 metres high, with a few shallow bays of small sand and coral beaches. Rainforests cover most parts of the island. Beaches are scattered along the coastline separated by steep limestone cliffs. It has a tropical climate moderated by trade winds. English is the most common language spoken in the island, but is not universal. Many older residents speak Chinese and Malay dialects as their first language, but road signs are in English. Because Christmas Island is part of the Australian territory, Australian visa regulations apply, though Australian citizens are required to bring their passport and IDs as the island is considered as an international destination.

What to see & do

Because Christmas Island’s environment is very well preserved, its beaches and forests remain mostly untouched. The red crab migration is one of the most sought after event in the island. Deserted beaches like Dolly beach make for an amazing beach experience. It is a white sandy beach sheltered and ringed by black basalt outcrops five metres from the shoreline. Diving and snorkelling are also a must. There is a drop off point at Flying Fish Cove for diving and snorkelling enthusiasts. Blowholes also make an interesting site to visit. They are comprised of holes in the ground where air and sea water are blown out due to the waves crashing in caves formed along the bottom of the cliffs. The fresh water streams at Dales are also a good place to visit in Christmas Island. It is located in the lush tropical rainforest in the national park situated at the northwest part of the island. Majority of Christmas Island is made a national park, so trekking is easier.

How to get around Christmas Island

You can hike around settled areas and most locals are happy to give rides to visitors. Cars and SUVs are available via car rentals. Scooters are also available for rent and are more efficient and exciting as the other modes of transportation.

How to get there

There are weekly flights to Christmas Island coming from Perth, Australia through Christmas Island Airport, with flights operated by Virgin Australia. This airline also provides flights from Cocos (Keeling) Islands. There are also weekly or fortnightly flights to the island coming from Jakarta through a chartered Garuda aircraft. As of late, there are no chartered boat services to the island, however Flying Fish Cove is usually frequented by yachts and cruise ships as a stopover.

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