NEW DESTINATION: The Swell Lodge on Christmas Island.
NEW DESTINATION: The Swell Lodge on Christmas Island. Christmas Island Tourism

Savvy travellers should be booking Christmas Island

THE natural wonders of Christmas Island are back on the tourism industry radar with the island operators ready to welcome visitors.

After a difficult decade of playing second fiddle to national politics, the island's status has changed which means it is closed to detainees - and only operational should the need arise.

Located 2600 kilometres north-west of Perth, it's a place that savvy travellers will visit soon, before the rest of the world realises the island re-opened for business.

Bird watchers, scuba divers, naturalists and eco-tourists will enjoy the experience of Christmas Island.

Swell Lodge, a luxury cabin perched atop a sea cliff that is already attracting international visitors.

Extra Divers, a global diving conglomerate, recently opened its first Australian dive centre on the island.

National and international icons sing the praises of the island's stunning marine life. You can swim, snorkel and scuba dive with whale sharks, rest easy on the glorious deserted beaches and watch with wonder the wildlife that exists nowhere else on the planet.

"I've been to many places on this earth and Christmas Island is one of the most fantastic," adventurer and entrepreneur Dick Smith said.

Celebrated naturalist Sir David Attenborough described the annual march of the island's endemic red crabs as "one of the most spectacular migrations on the planet".

Getting there - Garuda Charter is flying once a week from Jakarta, adding to twice-weekly Virgin Australia flights from Perth.

For more information, go to www.christmas.net.au.


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