Rising majestically from the tropical depths of the vast Indian ocean lies a stunning natural wonder – Christmas Island
Venture to this awe-inspiring island for an unforgettable getaway. Experience a rich biodiversity and a welcoming culture whilst immersing in a breathtaking natural world.
Take a walking tour of Settlement, taking in the Christmas Island Exhibition at Tai Jin House, following the historical trail. After lunch, drive to the Blowholes via the North South Baseline then the East West Baseline.
Spectacular blowholes spray seawater high into the air when large swells pound against the shore cliffs and there are panoramic views of the rugged southern coastline. Finish at Martin Point for a spectacular sunset. Martin Point is an ideal spot to take a broader view of the island’s geographic formation – sit back with a cool drink and watch the sun go down – it is truly spectacular.
Pack a picnic lunch then drive to Greta and Dolly Beaches, enjoying the trek through the rainforest to Dolly Beach. If possible to draw an almost perfect Robinson Crusoe style beach, Dolly would definitely be a contender. It’s an isolated and picturesque sandy beach with a coral reef and freshwater stream. Robber crabs inhabit the area above the beach and turtles nest all year round here. Return to Settlement via the stunning Margaret Knoll lookout for Birdwatching. Remember the binoculars and camera.
Drive to Lily Beach and stroll along the boardwalk to Ethel Beach. Take the swimmers and enjoy a paddle in the shallows. One of the island’s most accessible beaches, Lily is a picture of icy white coral rubble and rippling shallows that lead to the deepest blue seas. After lunch, drive to South Point, taking in the historical railway station, temple and stay to catch the sunset. The remains of the town at South Point are just that. The building that once formed this thriving community of mine workers and their families, are now little more than a distant memory. The Soon Tien Kong Temple, also known as the South Point Temple, is one of the island’s most significant. Return to town to grab a romantic dinner at one of the Cliffside restaurants.
Enjoy some birdwatching from the Golf Course lookout, adding to the already growing list of sightings of Christmas Island’s endemic species.
A short but rugged and steep walk in the Island’s north east leads down to a cliff perched above the golf course. This site provides spectacular views of the island’s north east coast and is a great place to watch red footed boobies, frigatebirds and golden bosuns as they soar past. After lunch, drive to the Dales and walk to Anderson’s Dale via beautiful Hugh’s Dale waterfall. The Dales is one of Christmas Island’s iconic sites and one of the few places with permanent flowing water, providing significant habitat for endemic blue crabs and impressive stands of Tahitian chestnut trees.
Pack a hearty picnic lunch then drive to Winifred Beach (tide dependant) or West White Beach, and take time to walk the nature tail to the coast. Depending on sea conditions, enjoy a leisurely snorkel at either Winifred or West White Beach. Spend time to check the rock pools for small fish, like tiny blennies that play, mate and chase each other, or the crabs that run to and fro in the wash. The snorkelling around the rock pools can be spectacular too – the dramatic scenery at both of these beaches are well worth the adventurous walks.
There’s so much to do on Christmas Island, so be sure to make time to go scuba diving, deep sea fishing, play a round of golf, do some serious photography and birdwatching plus enjoy the fresh and tantalising cuisine representing the different cultural offerings. Christmas Island’s narrow fringing reef supports bountiful marine life, including 88 coral species and more than 600 species of fish – it’s an underwater wonderland for divers.
Lush fairways of the 9-hole Christmas Island Golf Course are watched over by towering cliffs where frigatebirds circle. And, with its diverse cultural mix, there always seems to be a celebration of some description where visitors are always welcome to join in the festivities.