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Christmas Island

FOCUS

Independent trip: seabirds, dolphins, landbirds, other marine life including Whalesharks (March – April), snorkelling & photography.

WHERE?

Christmas Island (Australia) – explore by self-drive 4x4. 

CLIMATE

Tropical, warm to hot.

ACCOMODATION

various from self-catering to small inns. Packages include 4 x4 car rental.

SAMPLE WILDLIFE

Endemic seabirds including Abbott’s Booby, Christmas Island Frigatebird & Golden Bosun (White-tailed Tropicbird), other tropical seabirds, landbirds, crab-based ecocolgy  (Red, Blue and Robber Crabs).

South of Indonesia, North West of Australia lays this small tropical paradise, home to two full endemic seabirds and at least four full endemic landbird species. We visited the island in April 2005 and a full illustrated trip report is available on our website or from us. Seabirds are always in view, anywhere over the island, hence the local’s nickname for them, the Christmas Island Air Force.  Abbott’s Booby is the first of the two endemic seabirds, the largest and rarest member of its family, they nest on tall trees in the island’s forests and prefer to roost in trees even outside the breeding season, about 3000 pairs. They have an almost albatross-like look to them in flight with long straight wings. The second is the Christmas Island Frigatebird, also the rarest member of its family with about 2000-2500 pairs, especially common around the settlement.

The island also boasts the stunning golden-apricot coloured race of White-tailed Tropicbird (known locally as the Golden Bosun) plus  breeding Red-tailed Tropicbirds too (Silver Bosuns).  Add Brown and Red-footed Boobies (yellow-headed white form), Great and Lesser Frigatebirds and finally nesting Brown Noddies. At least four full land endemics  also occur, Christmas Island Imperial Pigeon, Christmas Island White-eye, Christmas Island Brown Goshawk and the hard to see Christmas Island Hawk Owl, plus at least four distinct island races of other birds. Some of these may yet be split into full species over time.In addition to the birding (and photo opportunities are excellent) superb snorkelling is also on offer including with Whale Sharks at certain times of year.  A resident group of Spinner Dolphins can often be seen offshore. If you see any black buzzard type ‘birds’ flying around they will be the island’s endemic fruit bat! The island is also world famous for its ‘crab-based’ ecosystem, Red, Blue and Robber Crabs are abundant. The famed endemic red crab migration occurs in the latter part of the year. Reached by frequent flights from Perth, Western Australia, our packages can be customised to suit your needs. A choice of accommodation is available on the island, most are simple lodges and there is some self-catering. Our prices below are for standard rooms at VQ3 Lodge. 4 x4 vehicle hire is essential for getting around. You could see most of the birds in just a few days but we suggest at least three nights to fully absorb the magic of this special place.

 

If you are serious about your seabirds, this is a place you just have to add to your list of travelling destinations.

Please note: All itineraries are subject to weather, local conditions and final approval by the relevant authorities.

Year round

Sample prices.

From Perth,Western Australia.

£1049 per person for a 5 night stay, sharing a twin room.

£969 per person for a 7 night stay, self-catering.

£1149 per person for a 7 night stay, sharing a twin room.

Single supplement: on request.

 

Price includes: Return economy class flights from Perth including taxes, 5/7 nights accommodation in rooms with private facilities, half-day birding tour, 5/7 days 4 x 4 vehicle rental, pre-trip information including a bird booklet and checklist. 

Price excludes: Flights to/from Perth, meals, drinks, visa fees (we will issue free ETAs for our clients) and travel insurance.

Ask us for your quote!, any date, any duration (subject to airline schedules)

 

In September every year is the Christmas Island Bird Week. This unique event includes 7 nights on the island including 5 full days of guided birding and assisting the resident scientists and birders in their ongoing work including ringing. This special package also includes most meals. Early booking is recommended for this annual event! Christmas Island Bird Week from £1799 per person twin share. More details on request.

Contact us for your quote, any number of nights and combination of services are possible.

Our report from our visit a few years ago can be found on our website or e-mailed to you on request.

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