Kiritimati (Christmas Island)

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Kiritimati (Christmas Island)
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Map of Kiritimati

Kiritimati or Christmas Island is a Pacific Ocean atoll in the northern Line Islands and part of the Republic of Kiribati. Nuclear tests were conducted on the island by the United Kingdom in the late 1950s. During these, tests islanders were not evacuated. Subsequently, British servicemen as well as local islanders have claimed to have suffered from exposure to the radiation from these blasts.

The island has the greatest land area of any coral atoll in the world: about 322 square kilometres (124 sq mi); it is about 150 km (93 mi) in the perimeter, while the lagoon shoreline extends for over 48 km (30 mi). Kiritimati comprises over 70% of the total land area of Kiribati, a nation encompassing 33 Pacific atolls and islands. It lies 232 km (144 mi) north of the Equator, 6,700 km (4,200 mi) from Sydney, and 5,360 km (3,330 mi) from San Francisco.

It's roughly 320 km2 (120 sq mi) lagoon opens to the sea in the northwest; Burgle Channel (the entrance to the lagoon) is divided into the northern Cook Island Passage and the southern South Passage. The southeastern part of the lagoon is partially dried out today; essentially, progressing SE from Burgle Channel, the 160 km2 (62 sq mi) main lagoon gradually turns into a network of subsidiary lagoons, tidal flats, partially hypersaline brine ponds and salt pans, which as a whole has about the same area again as the main lagoon. Thus, the land and lagoon areas can only be given approximately, as no firm boundary exists between the main island body and the salt flats.

Kiritimati is the first inhabited place on Earth to experience the New Year each year (see also Caroline Atoll, Kiribati). Despite being 1,530 miles (2,460 km) east of the 180 meridian, a 1995 realignment of the International Dateline by the Republic of Kiribati 'moved' Kiritimati to the west of the dateline.

The entire island is a Wildlife Sanctuary; access to five particularly sensitive areas is restricted.

An old map of Kiritimati


See Kiribati.


See Kiribati.


See Kiribati.


During your approach to Kiritimati hail the authorities on VHF channel 16 to inform them of your arrival and need for clearance.

Also see Cruiser's Nets



Kiritimati (Christmas Island) has a "port" of entry for Kiribati, London. For details see Entrance: Kiribati.


There is no harour here. Yachts have to anchor off.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs




Anchorage icon London [[Kiritimati (Christmas Island)#London|London]] 01°59.014'N, 157°28.970'W
Port of Entry
This maybe the only safe anchorage located West of the town of London. It is advisable to anchor deeper then 10 m because of the surf. You must go ashore with the dinghy to the town for clearance. It is reported that the officials will want to taken on the yacht before clearing you.


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Give the names and locations of supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, etc.

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Eating out

Give the name of recommended restaurant, tavernas, pastry stores, etc.

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  • The island's airport, Cassidy International, is served only by Fiji Airways on its once-weekly Nadi (Fiji) – Christmas Island – Honolulu (Hawaii) route.



Give a short history of the island.

Places to Visit

List places of interest, tours, etc.


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)



See Kiribati.


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