About Christmas Island

  • Crabs, crabs, crabs - the migration is difficult to describe
  • Big fish, sharks, turtles, barracuda, rays - amazing visibility
  • Adventure, Nature, Culture, Sea, Enjoyment,

Christmas Island or Christmas Island commonly called (X-mas) is a small island just south of the Indonesian island of Java but belongs to Australia. You can get here by plane, but the options are few and they change often. Christmas Island has a tropical climate and is perhaps best known for its crabs and the great migration of red crabs usually starts in October/November when the rains start and is a spectacle that cannot be described. Here people go out of their homes to experience this largely annual event. In addition to this there is also a beautiful and wild nature, a very rich bird life with the tropical birds as perhaps the crowning glory. A bird species in sharp decline, but here on Christmas Island there is a strong population of these incredibly beautiful birds. Here you can also find the enormous Coco crab in large numbers and the world's largest population, as well as about 10 other crab species, it really is the island of crabs.

The diving is really good, clear blue waters with good visibility and here there is a rich marine life, dolphins and turtles are common but also large fish such as reef sharks and silk sharks are common as well as manta rays and whale sharks in season. If you're lucky, you can also see eagle rays, stingrays, tiger sharks and hammerhead sharks that live here all year round. Beautiful coral slopes, some old wrecks, caves and breathtaking wall diving. Christmas Island is a fantastic destination and you can go here all year round but maybe you should try to spot the crab migration which is a truly unique experience. Book in time, it is often full in the few places that can accept tourists.

Travel information Christmas Island

  • Time zone: GMT +7
  • Currency: Australian Dollar
  • Language: English
  • Water: Avoid drinking tap water and ice made from tap water. Buy bottled water instead.
  • Visa: Must be applied for in advance for all non-Australian citizens
  • Health: Contact your nearest vaccination clinic for advice
  • Pressure chamber: Not found on Christmas Island, nearest is in Perth or Singapore
  • Country code: +61
  • Electricity: 240 volts / 50 Hz. Australian sockets are used and adapter is required.
  • Weather: The climate is relatively constant with 26-27°C June - November and 28-29° in December - May. The biggest difference in the year is the amount of rain. Normally around 2100 mm of rain falls per year and most from November - June with January - February being the wettest and least normally July - October.
  • Current water temperature and average sea temperature per month
  • Tip: About 10% of the bill is usual in restaurants. There is no expectation of tipping and it is up to you how much you want to tip.
  • Clothing recommendations: The choice of clothing depends on the activity, if you are going out for walks, full-covering cool clothing is good, there can be plenty of mosquitoes, sharp rocks and thorny plants, but on the coast simpler clothes but remember the sun.