Cheap Flights to Christmas Island
Flights to Christmas Island
Christmas Island, officially the Territory of Christmas Island, is an external territory of Australia in the Indian Ocean. It is located about 2,600 kilometres northwest of the Western Australian city of Perth, 975 kilometres east-northeast of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, and 500 kilometres south of Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. It has a total area of 135 square kilometres and was so-called because it was discovered on Christmas Day, on December 25, 1643. The island has a population of about 2,072 residents who live in several settlement areas on the northern tip of the island. These settlements include Silver City, Poon Saan, Drumsite, and the capital and largest settlement Flying Fish Cove, also called The Settlement.
What to see & do
Christmas Island is best known for its cultural diversity. Due to its geographic isolation and limited human disturbance, it contains many unique species of flora and fauna that are exclusive to the island. The abundance of many rare species of animals and plants makes Christmas Island a destination for nature tourism. Hiking is a popular activity, as is mountain biking and 4-Wheel Driving, known locally as 'bush bashing'. The island is also a popular destination for those wishing for an unforgettable bird-watching holiday. More than half of the island is a national park with hundreds of species of birds, 14 of which are endemic to the island. A few species, such as the Abbott's Boobies, Brown Boobies, and Golden Bosuns nest year round, so going there any time of the year would be a fruitful trip.
In addition, Christmas Island has many different types of caves, among these being coastal caves, raised coastal caves and alcoves, fissure caves, sea caves, plateau caves, collapse caves, and basalt caves. There are 42 known caves on the island; the most popular ones are Lost Lake Cave, Daniel Roux Cave, and Full Frontal Cave.
Another major attraction in the territory is the Christmas Island Red Crabs, or Gecarcoidea natalis. An estimated 40-50 million of these bright red and occasional orange (and rarely purple) land crabs can be found on the coastal shores of the island. The crabs' annual mass migration to the sea to lay their eggs in the ocean is a wonderful sight to behold.
How to get around within Christmas Island
Christmas Island is one of those places where the journey is just as wonderful as reaching the destination. Walking, hiking, or riding a mountain bike is very common. Faster means of travel are via rented car, SUV, or 4WD (depending on your needs) or by hitch-hiking with locals (with caution, of course).
How to get there
Getting into Christmas Island is not exactly very easy. The only airport serving the island is Christmas Island Airport. Virgin Australia operates the only scheduled passenger flights directly to Christmas Island from Cocos (Keeling) Islands Airport in the neighbouring island and fellow Australian territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands, and Perth Airport in Perth, Western Australia. The latter airport has more international connections, including Malaysia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Thailand, and South Africa.
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