Christmas Island

Christmas Island is an Australian Territory situated in the Indian Ocean closer to Indonesia than Australia.

Travel to Christmas Island to 

  • Witness one of the world’s most amazing natural wonders, the annual crab migration
  • Dive some of the longest drop-offs in the world
  • Swim in a cave and bathe beneath a waterfall in the rainforest
  • Watch the amazing array of bird life  many of which are unique to this island
  • See the whale sharks.

Or just relax on one of natures last frontiers.


Red Crab Migration

David Attenborough described it as one of the natural wonders of the world - not surprising when  they spawn they migrate from the forest to the sea and the population is estimated at between 40-50 million.  That's a lot of crabs.

They scramble over anything in their way to reach the beach - so Christmas Island Authorities close some roads and vehicles sweep in front of them to go through.  Its an offense to run over them.

When does this phenomonen happen

Most of Christmas Island's adult red crabs begin their breeding migration to the sea as soon as the wet season rains have established. 

The crabs' breeding timetable is fixed around the phases of the moon. Spawning (the dropping of their eggs into the sea) must occur before sunrise on spring tides during the last quarter of the moon, regardless of any other factor. The timing of spawning is the only certain and predictable part of the whole migration; all other stages of the migration will vary with the prevailing weather.

Possible Spawning dates for late 2018/early 2019:

  • 4-5 November 2018
  • 4-5 December 2018
  • 2-3 January 2019

Possible Spawning dates for late 2019:

22 - 24 November 2019
21 - 23 December 2019

Once they reach the beach the crabs begin the mating process and even perform a dance - now that you have to see.

But you wont be the only visitor the whale sharks migrate from Sharks bay to feed on the tiny crabs. They consider it a delacy that worth the long journey.

So make the trip to Christmas island there is so much to see the Galapolas Island of the Indian Ocean. 


Holiday Packages

We tailor packages to suit your requirements - accommodation, activities, car hire and more.

Christmas Island DIY Package

7 nights accommodation & flights from $1655.00 pp twin share

*Duration 8 days 7 night package includes: Return economy class airfares from Perth flying Virgin Australia *23kg checked baggage *7 nights’ accommodation  & 7 days car hire.



Double Island - Cocos & Christmas Islands

7 nights - 3 nights Christmas & 4 nights Cocos from $2530/ppn twin share.

Return flights from Perth Accommodation on both islands *Return airport transfer on Cocos Keeling Islands *Orientation Tour on Christmas Island  *Half Day Christmas Island Tour *4WD Car on Christmas Island *Cocos Motorised Canoe *Safari n Complimentary bicycle hire on Cocos Keeling Islands 


Accommodation on Christmas Island range from basic to eco luxury. These are a few and by no means the full list of accommodation we have available for you.


There are many things to see and do on Christmas Island. Here are a few - but if you have a special request let us know and we will source it.

*Terms and Conditions: Terms & Conditions: *Prices are subject to availability and quoted in AUD and include all pre-payable taxes. Prices are per person twin share unless advised. Prices are valid for travel from 01 Sep 16 to 31 Mar 18.Tours and added inclusions are subject to weather conditions. Deposit: Non-refundable deposit of $300 per person required within 7 days and full payment of Virgin Australia flights at time of confirmation. Final Payment: Required 35 days prior to departure or immediately if travel is within this time. Add On’s: Additional accommodation, car hire or touring options can be added upon request. Island Explorer Holidays Terms and Conditions apply.