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Exciting news for divers!

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...
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Roti... can I?

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

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...
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Packing for Photography Paradise

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...
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ANZAC Day on Christmas Island

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,...
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Love is in the air… on Dolly Beach

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...
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Serena Renner's first impressions of Christmas Island

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...
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Travel writer Daniel Scott shares his Christmas Island memories and impressions

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...
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Growing up on Christmas Island

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...
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The red crab migration reaches its climax this week!

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...
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