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About Christmas Island

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

Christmas Island, commonly called (X-mas) is a small island just south of the Indonesian island of Java but belongs to Australia. You get here by air but the options are few and they change frequently. Christmas Island has a tropical climate and is perhaps best known for its crabs, and the large migration of red crabs usually starts in October / November when the rain begins and is an unspeakable spectacle. Here you go out of the houses to experience this in largely annual events. Together with this there is also a beautiful and wild nature, a very rich bird life with the tropical birds or golden bosun that may be the crown of art. A bird species on strong decline but here on Christmas Island there is a strong population of these incredibly beautiful birds. Here is also the huge Coconut crab in large numbers and the world's largest population as well as another 10 or so other crabs, it really is the island of crabs.

The diving is really good, clear blue water 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 silky shark are common as well as manas and whale shark in season. If you are 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 scuba diving. Christmas Island is a fantastic destination and you can go here all year round but maybe you should try to puncture the crab migration which is a truly unique experience. Book in time, it is often full in the few places that can accommodate tourists.

Travel information Christmas Island

  • Time zone: GMT +7
  • Currency: Australian Dollar
  • Language: English
  • Water: Avoid drinking tap water and ice made on tap water. Instead, buy bottled water.
  • Visa: Must be applied for in advance for all non-Australian citizens
  • Health: Contact your nearest health clinic for advice
  • Recompression chamber: Not available on Christmas Island, the closest is in Perth or Singapore
  • Country code: +61
  • Electricity: 240 volt / 50 Hz. Australian outlets are used and adapters are needed.
  • Weather: The climate is relatively constant with 26-27° C June - November and 28-29° in December - May. The biggest difference of the year is the amount of rain. Normally, about 2100 mm of rain falls per year and most from November - June with January - February being the most wet and least normal July - October.
  • Tips: About 10% of the bill is common in restaurants. There is no expectation of getting a drink and it is up to you how much you want to give.
  • Clothing recommendations: The choice of clothing depends on the activity, if you go out on walks, the overall cool upholstery is good as there can be plenty of mosquitoes, sharp rocks and prickly plants but on the coast simpler clothes but think of the sun.

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