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A travel agent's perspective...

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Recently a few travel agents visited Christmas Island to find out about what was, to them, a relatively unknown destination. The group included Mike Drew of Bicton Travel and Mathew Hollis of Cathie Rice Travel - we asked them what they would now be telling their customers about the place. CI: What did you know about Christmas Island before visiting this year? Mathew Hollis: I didn’t know a lot about Christmas Island before I came but I have left knowing a lot more and have a greater appreciation for “Australia’s Galapagos.” Mike Drew: All I knew about Christmas Island prior to...
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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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    hilary says #
    thank you Lisa. Great and interesting blog. I do so miss the Island. Always dream of going back, It was the one place on earth th

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 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

Serena Renner's first impressions of Christmas Island

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Travel writer Serena Renner visited Christmas Island recently for the first time, and we caught up with her to ask her about her first impressions of the island… What did you know about Christmas Island before you arrived here? I didn't know much about Christmas Island before my trip besides the controversies surrounding the detention centre and that the famous Christmas Island red crab migration kicked off, coincidentally, around Christmas. I was also told the diving was good and I knew the island, like its sister Cocos, was quite far from mainland Australia. What was the first thing that struck you...
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Travel writer Daniel Scott visited Christmas Island last year, and was pretty taken with the place. We asked him about his first impressions of the island, and here are his very heartfelt responses. What did you know about Christmas Island before you arrived here? Obviously it was the recent history of the island as a detention centre and goal for asylum seekers travelling by boat to look for a new life in Australia. I did know about the crab migration and that whale sharks came past but imagined the island to be low-lying and typically tropical, not as volcanic in shape...
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Growing up on Christmas Island

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Christmas Island is a unique place. People who visit the island – whether for a short holiday or as a long-term resident, are left with a lasting impression. To find out what exactly makes this island so special, we thought we’d ask former resident Carl Vogelsang, who grew up here before moving to Queensland in his late teens. Carl moved to Christmas Island in 1970 at the age of 4, and left as a teenager in the mid-1980s. If anyone asks him where he comes from, he still tells them; “Christmas Island”. Here’s Carl’s story. I arrived at Christmas Island in...
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  • Fairlie
    Fairlie says #
    Hello Carl I also was born on Christmas Island. I was only there for a short time but my sister was 6 when we left and spoke fluen
  • Andrew Trainer
    Andrew Trainer says #
    Excellent, thanks Carl. Andrew Trainer (next door neighbour 1979-84)
  • Debbie Parr X Rawlinson
    Debbie Parr X Rawlinson says #
    How exciting to read your story about your love of Christmas Island. I was born there in 1955 and had to become an Australian citi

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