Cocos Keeling is for lovers of the untouched deserted island paradise, who can spend their days sun bathing on white sandy beaches with not another soul in sight, swimming in lagoons of the clearest pristine waters you could ever imagine finding in this great world of ours. The Cocos Keeling Islands are located in the middle of the Indian Ocean 900km west south-west of Christmas Island and 2750km north-west of Perth, Western Australia. The Cocos Keeling Islands are made up of two low-lying coral atolls with a the highest elevation being 5 metres and thickly covered with coconut palms and tropical vegetation.
North Keeling Island is an atoll ring with a small opening or mouth into a beautiful blue lagoon. Hence it’s a C-shape uninhabited island with gorgeous deserted white sandy beaches and some of the most pristine waters you can ever swim, snorkel or dive in. In December of 1995 the Australian Government established the smallest and most remote national park called the Pulu Keeling National Park which is home to the only surviving population of the endemic, and endangered, Cocos Buff-banded Rail.
South Keeling Islands is an atoll consisting of 24 individual islets forming an incomplete atoll ring. The only populated islands are Home Island where most Coco Malays live and West Island where most amenities such as the jetty, accommodation, shops, restaurants and airport are located. The Cocos Malays maintain weekend shacks, referred to as pondoks, on most of the larger islands.
There are different types of uncomplicated and simplistic accommodations available on Cocos Keeling Island from one motel to houses, cottages and bungalows. One thing you will not find here are any 5 star resorts. The island is very laid back and relaxed so enjoy the experience.
Cocos Keeling islands has two main seasons throughout the year which can overlap: the trade wind season from April / May to September / October and the calmer season from November through to April. We have higher rainfall during the months of March through to July.
Temperatures are generally consistent no matter what time of the year remaining around a comfortable 29°C with a minimum evening temperature rarely dropping below 20°C. It has to be said that during the Trade winds you the cool wind off the Indian ocean is refreshing to the skin.
THINGS TO DO
Diving – the surrounding waters of Cocos Keeling islands are abound with beautiful dive sites where you can dive steep drop-offs or unusual cabbage coral where a range of pelagics, sharks, manta, turtles, dolphins and colourful fish will keep you company during your dive.The waters are rich in marine life and there is an abundance of different kinds of coral. One of the best thing you experience during your dive is the fact that you will not stumble on other large groups of divers as you experience in many other dive spots throughout the world.
Snorkeling – There are countless places to explore snorkeling in the tropical waters surrounding Cocos Keeling Islands. The lagoon is highly recommended and is a great place to take children without the worry of deep ocean waters.
Fishing – If fishing is your vice then there are many spots on any of the islands you can drop a line and catch yourself a tuna or wahoo. There are also fishing expeditions where you can pay a local to take you out to fishing spots around the atolls.
Wind and Kite Surfing – More recently Cocos Keeling is developing a name for itself as a great location suited to kite and wind surf especially during the trade wind seasons where there is a strong breeze which comes off the Indian Ocean.
Flying- The easiest and least time consuming way to get to Cocos Islands is flying. Virgin Flights operate from Perth, Western Australia twice weekly and from Christmas Island once a week.