Flights to Christmas Island
You have to reach either to Perth or Cocos Islands to board on the flights to the Christmas Island. Once you obtain a tourist visa in which your travel agent can help you, you have to book air tickets from either of the points. There are four weekly flights from Perth and three from Cocos Island. The fare starts from little below 500$ for one way of flight. The most suitable time to explore most of the nature on this island is from October to March every year.
Yachts to Christmas Island
The capital city of the island is located at the coast and welcomes the visiting yachts, both for commercial and recreational purposes. The island is rich in phosphate ores and hence the commercial shipment is regulated through the relevant trade laws strictly. The legalities are much more in case you are taking a yacht to reach the island. The yachts are allowed to reach the shore only in the daytime for security reasons. The authorities need to be informed well in advance, so that the entry could easily be facilitated without any legal hiccups. The swimming and other sports are also regulated around the capital city Flying Fish Cove in order that security of the tourists can be assured. No cruise ships are available normally for the island.
What to do on Christmas Island?
Nature walking at the island can be challenging at times as over 60 percent of the area is national park. The park has been earmarked to preserve the dense natural rain forest on the island, so that the crucial ecosystems can be maintained properly. It can be highly exploring and enjoyable experience, provided the visitors follow the instructions issued by the concerned tourism authorities Australia.
It is comparatively safer activity for the travelers of all age groups and fitness levels. The tropical climate as well as close proximity of the island to the Asian islands has enriched the wide range of avian species reaching the island from time to time. Bird watchers and photographers can find a great opportunity to make a holiday bird watching holiday. There are as many as seven land birds that are endemic exclusively to this island. Included in those are the musical birds called Thrush that can make your stay at the island memorable by the melodious musical voice at the time of picturesque sunset at the island. Other rare species include frigate and bobby birds. Christmas Island Hawk Owl deservers a special mention here.
Snorkeling and Scuba Diving
Snorkeling is a must-do, if you are in the capital city of the Christmas Island. This along with swimming as well as scuba diving makes an easy, safe but exciting experience for everyone visiting the island. Snorkeling brings a great opportunity to watch closely the coral reefs as well as the wide variety of fish species that can be encountered pretty close to the sea shore. Within minutes of the activity, you find yourself in a wonderland where the variety of flora and fauna of marine life leaves you astonished.
The island also provides for satisfying the angler inside you. The tiny spot on the world map is home for wide varieties of fish and you can readily access to them from the allowed range of boating facilities. You can easily expect tuna, sailfish and wahoo species within 500 meters of water from shore. The rewards to the anglers here are pretty big fishes!
Fishes of weight ranging about 100 kg are common occurrence around the sea shore at the Christmas Island. There are Yellow-fin Tuna as well as Dogtooth Tuna. Depending on the season, you can enjoy a wide range of fish varieties.
The weather at Christmas Island is almost uniform throughout the year. You will find little changes in temperature over the months. The temperature is highest in April and minimum is that in August. The temperature is all the more pleasant, as it varies within the short range of 22-28 degrees Celsius. The overall climate is tropical, as the island is located near the equator. The climate is characterized by only two discerning weathers instead of summer, autumn, winter and autumn—the season on the island is either ‘wet’ or ‘dry’. The wet season is observed from November to May and the dry season from June to October.
The monsoons result in alternate weathers of rain and cold humid weather, though exceptionally one may witness rains to last for days together. Christmas Island is said to witness tropical storms every 5-10 years.
The wet seasoned is liked by all to visit the island, because it is characterized by the famous crabs’ migration. The first rains bring millions of crabs out from their hibernating burrows!