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Christmas Island Blog

JUL
23

Sandra Yoshida - a Christmas Island Operator Profile in honour of Women's Dive Day 2018

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July heralds the 4th International PADI Women's Dive Day - a perfect opportunity to showcase some of our amazing female operators in the Christmas Island dive industry.  Our first feature operator is Sandra Yoshida - Sandy - who, along with her husband Hiro, manage ExtraDivers Christmas Island.  Sandy and Hiro made dive headlines worldwide when in 2013 they tied the knot underwater in the world's deepest underwater wedding, 130 metres below the surface in a cave. The following piece was written by Sandy's friend and colleague in the diving industry, Anna Gaidar. ________________ Sandra Yoshida, Sandy - one of the...
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JUN
20

A "Swell" time on Christmas Island ...

Swell-Lodge-Drone Swell Lodge, Christmas Island
It’s not often you get asked to be a bit of ‘crash test dummy’ trying out a new product, but when Chris and Jess Bray offer a night out at Swell Lodge to test out their new eco-lodge, you find yourself willingly answering “yes please!!  It might look like this tent popped up overnight in the remote wilderness on Christmas Island, but it was in fact a project seeded by this amazing couple during their first photographic safari hosted on the island in 2013. The stars aligned with the Bray’s seeing the potential for a unique tourism venture coinciding with...
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MAY
18

The Trip of a Lifetime

Alice Verrall is 27 years old and has Cerebral Palsy.  Her ambition was to raise money and awareness for Assistance Dogs Australia.  A little about Alice: I am passionate about nature conservation, and am currently studying a Bachelor of Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology) at LaTrobe University in Melbourne.  My carer and I spent my semester breaks hiking and riding through National Parks and along Rail Trails through Australia.  Alice and her carer Angela visited Christmas Island to witness the amazing natural phenomenon that is the red crab migration, inspired by one of her lecturers at LaTrobe University - here...
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FEB
09

Flying from Jakarta to Christmas Island - how easy is it?

  So, what is the Jakarta to Christmas Island flight really like, and is it an easy transfer if you are just transiting through Jakarta?  We asked local Christmas Island resident, Karenn Singer, to tell us after she recently returned to the island from annual leave "through the north" as the locals like to say. Karenn says, "Terminal 3 Jakarta is one of the best airport terminals in the world, providing Christmas Island locals and visitors with easy connections and great facilities.  Arriving in the morning on my way to Christmas Island it was an easy shuttle bus ride from...
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DEC
22

So what is Christmas on Christmas Island really like?

While people all over the world are putting the finishing touches to their Christmas decorations, on the island named after Christmas, it's the wildlife who are stealing the show. Everywhere you look, whether it be in the rainforest, in the sky, or in the water, the island's unique creatures are embracing the festive spirit.  "It's as if someone has draped the island in the traditional Christmas colours of red and green" says Lisa Preston, Chairperson of the Christmas Island Tourism Association - referring to the combined effect of millions of the island's world famous crabs with their bright red carapaces...
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SEP
01

Protecting our Christmas Island endemics

As our Bird'n'Nature Week continues on Christmas Island, we thought we'd share some of the great conservation work being done on the Island to protect our seabirds ... Dr Janos Hennicke, from the Department of Ecology and Conservation, Biocentre Grindel, University of Hamburg, visits Christmas Island regularly to study and monitor our seabirds - we caught up with him during his recent visit to the Island studying the critically endangered Abbott's Booby and Christmas Island Frigatebird, and found out a little about how he became involved in protecting our Christmas Island wildlife ... Tell us a little about yourself I...
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AUG
21

A Boy’s ‘Make-A-Wish’ to see the Red Crabs Spawning

When 17-year old Daniel, diagnosed with kidney cancer, was invited to Make-A-Wish, his response was completely unexpected. Not too many high school kids show a fascination for nature and the environment, and so when Daniel ‘wished’ to go to Christmas Island to see the red crab migration, he surprised everyone – but very pleasantly as it turns out. After his wish was granted, he travelled with his parents and two younger brothers to Christmas Island for a week. And the good news is he did get to see the Red Crab Migration and many of the other wonders of Christmas...
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JUL
06

Christmas Island Sea Week: an island of ocean advocates

While the locals on Christmas Island appreciate living with such an incredible marine environment at their doorstep, Sea Week is the time of year when everyone gets together to celebrate it, and educate people about what needs to be done to protect it. During the week, various work shops were held to show people how to reduce their plastic waste, beach clean-ups were organised at Greta Beach and Flying Fish Cove, community groups printed reusable shopping bags using debris found on the beach and everyone got together under the stars at the open-air cinema to watch the Ocean Film Festival....
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JUN
18

Swell news for Christmas Island

Chris and Jess Bray, well known to Christmas Islanders for their popular photography tours, have received approval to develop a luxury eco-lodge inside the national park of Christmas Island, returning the remote, wildlife-filled Australian territory to the centre of attention for the right reasons after more than a decade of detention centre debacles. Construction of Swell Lodge’s solar-powered, glass-fronted eco-chalets along a 500m section of coastline will commence later this year, and is the first such eco-accommodation allowed inside any of the Commonwealth national parks which include Uluru, Kakadu and Norfolk Island. As Judy West, Acting Director of National Parks...
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MAY
24

Meet Leila Jeffreys, artist, journalist and Christmas Island bird lover.

Leila Jeffreys first visited Christmas Island some time ago, and it changed her life forever. “Flying in on a small plane, I looked down on imposing cliffs, dark, lush rainforests and thousands of pterodactyl-like birds circling on the currents above the jungle. It looked like Jurassic Park and it was exhilarating.” At this stage, Leila was already “consumed by a love of bird photography” and was drawn to the island for Christmas Island Bird ‘n’ Nature Week, where she met biologist and author Tim Low, who’s books had a “profound effect” on her. Leila is also the author of Birdland,...
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