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Exciting news for divers!

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Christmas Island welcomes a new dive operator to the island next month with increased capacity on their new dive boat. Sandra Smith and Hiro Yoshida, managers of dive company Extra Divers, arrive on the island next month, with the new dive centre opening in early September. Husband and wife team Sandra and Hiro are extremely experienced divers, and actually hold the Guinness World Record for the deepest underwater wedding - they were married at a depth of 150m in Trang, Thailand, in 2014. The new dive boat can facilitate 16 passengers and offers equipment rental, Nitrox 32 and underwater camera rental....
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Roti... can I?

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One of the benefits of having such a multicultural population on Christmas Island is the wonderful mix of culinary experiences. Long-time Christmas Island resident and owner of tour company Indian Ocean Experiences, Lisa Preston muses about the island's food, and its challenges… Well, it's actually Roti Canai, pronounced Chennai, after the region in India where these flat breads originate from. But when I first saw that spelling ‘can I’ has always stuck in my head, as though it was always a good time to ask for one. Little else elicits more comments and likes on my Facebook posts (even more...
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Christmas Island tees off for the 5th Acker Golf Open

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This weekend the fifth Acker Golf Open will take place, a weekend of fun and friendly competition run by the Christmas Island Golf Club, the event that is growing in popularity every year. This year the Golf Club is expecting up to 90 to 100 people in some of the competitions held from Friday through to Sunday. The Christmas Island Golf Club is a community sporting facility totally run by volunteers. A wide variety of people volunteer their time to ensure the facility is operating at its very best for the benefit of its members and the wider community. Playing golf...
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Packing for Photography Paradise

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Photographer and adventurer Chris Bray will be leading another photography safari to Christmas Island in two weeks time, and he’s pretty excited about it. In this guest post Chris tells us about some amazing equipment he’ll be bringing with him this time. I can hardly wait - in just two short weeks, we’ll be back leading another photography tour to Christmas Island, sharing and capturing all the amazing wonders of this Galapagos of the Indian Ocean. Armed with the latest advancements in 360 degree virtual reality filming, drone photography, super-resolution 50 megapixel DSLR’s and the latest GoPro cameras, I’m super excited...
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  • Josie Cheng
    Josie Cheng says #
    Wow! after seeing such beautiful photos, I really miss Christmas Island. I was born in Christmas Island and left in 1969 when I wa

ANZAC Day on Christmas Island

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This ANZAC Day, we thought you might be interested to hear how the day is spent on Christmas Island, so we asked a veteran of the event, Dave Billcliff, better known to everyone as Barney, a Kiwi who spent 20 years on the island, presenting at many of our ANZAC Day services – giving us all a Kiwi perspective to the day. Christmas Island played a reasonably significant role during WWII, at the time under British rule. The island was of strategic importance to Japan for the mining of phosphate and as a possible seaplane base and being so isolated, was...
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  • Ian Foster
    Ian Foster says #
    There was quite a bit of action around and on Christmas Island (the US Navy's part is rather dramatic and poignant) and in my tim

Love is in the air… on Dolly Beach

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Cameron Keen wanted somewhere special to propose to his girlfriend. Conditions had to be just right. After considerable research, some inspiration from photographer friend Chris Bray, Cameron settled on Dolly Beach, and surprised girlfriend Georgy with a trip to Christmas Island. We spoke to them both about the experience – and find out the result… did she say yes? How did you first hear about Christmas Island? Cameron: I was at a photography course that is organised by Chris Bray and after the course we got information on some photography safaris that Chris runs and Christmas Island was one of the...
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    Braden says #
    (Crab) "I want some of your food cam" graaa

The red crab migration reaches its climax this week!

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A climax has been reached for Christmas Island’s crabs as the final day of spawning kicked off this morning just before dawn. Female crabs were seen in their millions, carpeting the cliffs and beaches of he island as they each tentatively tiptoed into the water and shook off their large sacks of eggs into the outgoing tide. Island residents and some very happy visitors got up bright and early to watch the spectacle and they were not disappointed. The first few female crabs shimmied off their egg sacks on Tuesday morning, followed by a considerably larger group on Wednesday, and the...
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  • Wayne Hall
    Wayne Hall says #
    This sounds so neat! I hope maybe one day I'll afford to see it in person.
Recognised globally as one of the world’s great animal migrations, Christmas Island’s red crab migration is a spectacular event, and it’s about to reach its climax in a few short days. Tens of millions of red crabs have marched down from the rainforest to the ocean’s edge, and in a few days, the migration culminates in the mass spawning where millions of female crabs release their eggs into the sea. The exact spawning date each year is reasonably easy to predict once we have had sufficient rainfall for the migration to commence. The females generally spawn on an outgoing pre-dawn tide,...
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  • Bob
    Bob says #
    are you wake up at 4.00 am ladies ?
What’s that like? It’s very, very Christmassy, in its own special way. While people all over the world are putting the finishing touches to their Christmas decorations, here on the island named after Christmas, the whole island is decorated. And red is the predominant colour. Everywhere you look, whether it be in the rainforest, in the sky or even in the water, our island’s unique creatures are embracing the festive spirit. We love this time of year. It’s as if someone has draped the island in the traditional Christmas colours of red and green - the combined effect of millions...
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Christmas Island Heritage explored at Tai Jin House

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Christmas Island has a fascinating story to tell, from its early discovery and European settlement in 1898, to present day, there has been plenty of drama to match its dramatic landscape and unique wildlife. This story is now told in a permanent exhibition at Tai Jin House – and it makes for a very interesting day trip. One story told is that of Christmas Island’s cultural heritage. Ever since Christmas Island was first settled back in 1898, the island has been home to a mix of British, Chinese and Malay people. The establishment of the Christmas Island Phosphate Company in 1898...
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