Christmas Island is a little piece of volcanic rock capped with phosphate – rich limestone in the Indian Ocean, a few hundred kilometers south of Java. It is an Australian territory and can be reached from Perth, or, as in my case, via the regular Saturday charter flight from Jakarta.
The check – in counter for the Xmas Island flight was blocked by a lot of freight and luggage, some of it actually going to the island.
The suitcases, however, belonged to a rock band bound for Perth.
When I arrived on the island, I experienced some cultural dissonance: it looks like the Australian Outback, with Australian roads, road signs, public picnic sites with barbecues, Australian style houses. But all of it transported to a tropical island surrunded by blue seas and inhabited by an unique mix of people and several crab species.
Unique traffic hazards.
The first sunset.
Pagoda at the Chinese cemetary.
The view from my balcony
Stay tuned for the next posts which show the attractions above the waterline, and of course, below: Land crabs! Nature! Blowholes! Caves! The Deep Blue! SHARKS!
Date: February 18th to 25th, 2017