7 THINGS TO DO ON CHRISTMAS ISLAND
You won’t see Santa Claus, his elves and reindeers on Christmas Island, but that doesn’t mean that the Australian territory isn’t a sight to behold. Christmas Island is a tropical paradise, home to some of the most beautiful natural wonders in the world. If you need help in planning your itinerary, here are my seven best things to do o Christmas Island.
RED CRAB MIGRATION
The annual red crab migration is something you can only see on Christmas Island. At the beginning of the wet season, which is usually sometime in late October to early December, 60 million adult red crabs make their way from the forest to the coast to breed and spawn. This is a spectacular event you won’t want to miss. Ethel Beach, Greta Beach and Flying Fish Cove are some of the best locations to witness the annual red crab migration.
There are over 100 migrant bird species on Christmas Island. During your trip, you’ll be able to see rare birds everywhere. However, there are also tours if you want a more structured experience. Be on the lookout for frigatebirds, golden bosuns, boobies and tropicbirds. These avians aren’t afraid humans, so be ready to snap a picture if they come close.
A large part of Christmas Island is a national park, so there’s a lot of nature to explore. The island has a thick rainforest that’s about 19 km long and 14 km wide. You can choose from different tracks and trails, and each one will provide you with beautiful landscapes and scenic views. Within the forest, there are waterfalls, lookout points and freshwater streams among others. Aside from walking or hiking, you can also explore the area on a 4WD vehicle.
FUN AT THE BEACH
Christmas Island has terrific beaches where you can sunbathe, swim, surf, fish and go boating. Though you can do these water-themed activities in any body of water, the experience is made even more special with the picturesque background of Christmas Island.
SCUBA DIVING AND SNORKELLING
Since coral reefs surround Christmas Island, there are a lot of opportunities for scuba diving and snorkelling. There are over 60 dive sites around the coastline. The water is cool and clear all year round, so you’ll have no trouble admiring more than 575 species of tropical fish. You also don’t have to worry about getting stung by jellyfish. On Christmas Island, you’re guaranteed to have a fantastic underwater adventure.
You can play a quick round of golf at Christmas Island’s nine-hole golf course, which is located in the middle of the forest. In between holes, you can make a stop at the Golf Course Lookout to admire panoramic views of the island.
ASIAN CULTURE IMMERSION
You’ll get a taste of Asian culture on Christmas Island. The tropical paradise previously belonged to Singapore so you can observe a lot of Chinese influences on the island. Also, Christmas Island is only 360km away from Indonesia, so expect to see Malay influences, as well. The presence of different cultures including Buddhist, Christian, Taoist and Muslim are celebrated openly. That means that you’ll be able to see colourful festivals throughout the year.
Christmas Island has a lot to offer — some you won’t see anywhere else in the world. There are so many things to do on Christmas Island will make for a very memorable and unique experience. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and witness these natural wonders for yourself.
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