Christmas Island

Christmas Island is a tiny reef fringed piece of paradise rising up from the Indian Ocean 2,600 kilometres (1,616 miles) north west of Perth. Often called Australia’s Galapagos, the island is famous for breath-taking diving, snorkelling and its red crab migration, described by global treasure and one of the world’s most respected naturalists, Sir David Attenborough, as ‘one of the top 10 most memorable TV moments from his life’s work’.  It’s the place to immerse yourself in nature, with almost two-thirds of the island national park, and a Marine Park proclamation pending, you’ll experience tropical rainforest walks, freshwater wetlands, spectacular sea cliffs and diverse wildlife both above and below the water. It’s home to soaring sea birds, majestic whale sharks, turtles, manta rays and spectacular coral reefs with experienced local operators to deliver the closest of encounters. Nearer to Asia than mainland Australia, it’s the overseas holiday you can take without needing to clear immigration. On the menu you’ll find a cross-cultural culinary cornucopia of Malay favourites including Nasi Lemak and mouth-watering Roti bread, Chinese banquets (try the silver prawns) and fresh-off-the boat seafood, best enjoyed with a cold beverage and showstopping sunset.

How to take a deeper dive into Christmas Island life…

Virgin Australia has regular flights between Perth and Christmas Island. Flights depart from the international terminal at Perth Airport.

About Indian Ocean Fest

The seven-day fest will offer you the chance to truly immerse yourself in nature – from jaw-dropping vistas, to deserted white sandy beaches, fresh-water streams, and waterfalls you can take a shower under.

Our Program

Find out a bit more about the full seven-day program of inspiration, entertainment and adventure with film, art, music, food, talks, treks, trails, hands-on workshops.