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Christmas Island, Australia Cruise Port

Idyllically situated in the Indian Ocean and surrounded by pristine white powdery sands and crystal clear waters, Christmas Island is home to a small population - fewer than 2000 people - and a diverse range of flora and fauna, some of which are unique to the island. It received its name after it was discovered on Christmas Day 1643 by Captain William Mynors, though he was unfortunately unable to land. It wasn't for another 45 years before humans were able to set foot on her sands. The cruise port is nestled in Flying Fish cove and from the moment your ship pulls in to dock you'll feel as if you've arrived in paradise.

Sightseeing in Christmas Island

Considering its relatively small size, the island offers plenty of attractions. With over 63% of its surface dedicated to National Parks, one of the main attractions is its abundance of nature walks. There is an impressive number of flora and fauna indigenous to the island and if you are lucky enough to be visiting during the Red Crab migration season you might witness the phenomenal sight of over 1 million crabs making their way to the sea from inland. Here are some of the treats in store for you when you visit this picture perfect island:

Nature Walks

These tours can last for several hours and a reasonable level of fitness is recommended as the ground can be undulating and feature some sharper inclines. It is well worth the effort though, and as you traverse the thick vegetation of the rainforest and walk along the rugged coastline you will be treated to views of some of nature's most impressive wonders, with gargantuan Chestnut Trees, natural springs and striking blowholes along the routes. There is also a breath taking waterfall waiting to be discovered and pools to swim in.

Diving

Christmas Island has over 40 dive sites offering more adventurous visitors an opportunity to experience the diverse flora and fauna from a different perspective. There are dramatic vertical walls and unique corals to view, as well as sharks and stingrays gliding through the clear turquoise waters. Some of the tours include underwater caves and there is even a sunken Japanese WWII submarine available to be explored.

Wildlife

Keen bird watchers will just love the variety of birds that are unique to the island and so cannot be spotted in their natural habitat anywhere else in the world. Tours provide you with a really personalised experience to see these creatures up close. You can even enjoy a sea bird watching tour while cruising around the island by yacht.

At some point during the winter months of October, November and December, the island's vast red crab population all head to the beach to mate. It is an impressive spectacle and at its height you might be able to see over 100 female crabs per square meter of beach. It's not a sight many people can boast of seeing.

Shopping on Christmas Island

Being such a nature driven island it isn't a commercial hub but for those visitors who feel the need to shop there are a small number of places ideal for souvenir hunting. KC's Souvenirs is the only retail outlet that is dedicated to selling small tourist trinkets with the usual types of things, like key rings, pictures and t-shirts, along with other island memorabilia. There is also a swim and surf wear shop called The Red Crab Surf ‘N' Sound shop which sells a small selection of souvenirs next to its beachwear and casual outfits.

Eating Out on Christmas Island

Seafood is understandable part of the staple diet on Christmas Island, and there are a good number of restaurants dedicated to this cuisine. And when they say Catch of the Day they literally mean it was brought in that morning. With the island being multicultural and boasting a large contingent of its population hailing from China, Indonesia and Malaysia, there has been a distinct influence on the types of foods served in many of the restaurants. Season's Palace is a very popular Chinese restaurant with the locals and tourists. It has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere as well as an extensive menu of mouth-watering dishes. If you are looking for more Australian fare, then head to Track's Tavern which serves up some excellent Aussie-style dishes.

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