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Christmas Island
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Christmas Island

Christmas Island is a quadrilateral with hollowed sides, about 19 km (12 miles) in greatest length and 14.5 km (9 miles) in extreme breadth. The total land area is 135 km² (52 square miles), with 138.9 km (86.3 miles) of coastline. The island is the flat summit of a submarine mountain more than 4,572 m (15,000 ft) high, the depth of the platform from which it rises being about 14,000 feet (4267 m) and its height above the sea being upwards of 305 m (1,000 ft). The mountain was originally a volcano, and some basalt is exposed in places such as The Dales and Dolly Beach, but most of the surface rock is limestone accumulated from the growth of coral over millions of years. Steep cliffs along much of the coast rise abruptly to a central plateau. Elevation ranges from sea level to 361 m (1,184 ft) at Murray Hill. The island is mainly tropical rainforest, of which 65% is National Park. The narrow fringing reef surrounding the island can be a maritime hazard.

A container port exists at Flying Fish Cove with an alternative container unloading point to the south of the island at Norris Point for use during the December to March 'swell season" of seasonal rough seas. There are four weekly flights into Christmas Island Airport from Perth, Western Australia operated by Virgin on Tuesdays, Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays with an additional international flight to Kuala Lumpa on Saturday mornings (operated by Malaysia Airlines).

Christmas Island is 360 km south of Jakarta, Indonesia and about 2600 km northwest of Perth.


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Tropical with a wet and dry season; heat and humidity moderated by trade winds; wet season December to April.

Sources of weather forecasting here.


List popular passages/routes, timing, etc.


  • Christmas Island operates a Volunteer Marine Rescue during the hours of 8am until 5pm. CI VMR should be contacted by VHF before mooring.

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


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Customs and Immigration


Immigration clearance is managed through Customs. Customs can be contacted on channel 16 (VHF) through the VMR.

Fees and Charges


Health and Security


Christmas Island has one hospital where basic medical services are available. There are not private medical services (such as GP, dentist etc) on the island. CI Hospital does not offer an Intensive Care Unit or surgery services and most critical/emergency patients are sent to Perth via Medivac (using the Royal Flying Doctor Service). There are no midwifery services on Christmas Island.


The island is safe all times of the day in the populated areas, locals usually leave their houses and car unlocked. There are no poisonous or dangerous animals/insects on the island.



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  • Flying Fish Cove Flying Fish Cove /wiki/Flying_Fish_Cove Port of entry icon – port of entry |Anchorage icon – anchorage |Needs data icon – needs data |
    - has a boat ramp and jetty and, for most of the year, it is possible to land a tender on the beach


See Flying Fish Cove.


See Flying Fish Cove.

Eating out

See Flying Fish Cove.


List transportation to other countries, etc.



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 also Australia.


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