Destination Information for Christmas Island
Christmas Island is an Australian territory in the Indian Ocean, although geographically it’s located much closer to Indonesia. The island was discovered on Christmas Day 1643 and was originally settled on by the UK in 1888, before sovereignty was transferred to Australia in 1958. The main resource on Christmas Island is phosphate, the mining of which was the main reason for the island’s settlement. Its coastline is mainly cliffs, with a few small bays of shingle beaches. Inland is rainforest, and around two thirds of the island is national park.
For the active traveller, there’s plenty to do on Christmas Island, including hiking, diving, snorkelling, caving, whale watching and mountain biking. Christmas Island’s migration of red crabs is famous, as each winter around 120 million amazing red crabs swarm onto the beaches, making for an incredible sight.
The climate here is tropical, with a dry season from May to November. There are a number of places to stay on the island, along with a medical centre and post office, and plenty of bar and restaurants. This may seem a remote destination, but if you’re on the hunt for an unusual exotic location offering sundrenched beaches, plenty of wildlife and a warm welcome from the locals, consider Christmas Island.
Malaria and regions within country:
Malaria is not normally present on Christmas island.
There is no British embassy on Christmas Island. Please contact the FCO for advice.