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Cheap flights from Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Cocos Islands, officially the Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands but also known as Keeling Islands, is an external territory of Australia in the Indian Ocean. The island is situated southwest of Christmas Island, about midway between mainland Australia and Sri Lanka. The territory includes two atolls and 27 coral islands. The atolls are called North Keeling Island and South Keeling Island, while the only two inhabited islands in the group are West Island and Home Island. The capital and largest settlement is West Island Bantam on Home Island. Cocos Islands is a top destination for nature and water lovers.

Where to go

Pulu Keeling National Park - Established on 12 December 1995, the Pulu Keeling National Park encompasses North Keeling Island and the surrounding area, to 1.5 kilometres from shore. The island is an important breeding site for seabird and marine turtles. Other important fauna are the endemic Cocos Buff-banded Rail and the Cocos Angelfish. The island is also declared an Important Bird Area by the Birdlife International. In addition, the park contains the remains of the infamous German Raider, the SMS Emden. The warship was sent to destroy the Direction Island Cable Station in November 1914. Today, the wreck is protected by the Historical Shipwrecks Act. The Pulu Keeling National Park was created to preserve the area in its natural condition and to encourage and regulate the appropriate use and appreciation of the area by the public.

Kite and Windsurfing - The Cocos (Keeling) Islands boast of a pristine environment, clear waters, southeast trade winds, and a wonderful climate that attracts many kinds of surfers, from windsurfers to kitesurfers.

Scuba Diving - Cocos Islands has all the qualities of a great scuba diving destination: the water temperature is generally between 26C and 29C with an average visibility of 25 metres, over 25 not-so-crowded, but tried and tested dive sites, varied atoll terrain, and largely diverse marine life.

The only direct flights available from the main airport in Cocos Islands are to the neighbouring Christmas Island and Perth, Australia. Christmas Island may not be named for celebrating Christmas all-year round, but there are places the island offers activities that bring joy to its visitors. There are plenty of beaches to explore, like the Lily Beach, Ethel Beach, Greta Beach, Dolly Beach, and West White Beach. But what Christmas Island is really known for is being home to an estimated 40-50 million Christmas Island Red Crabs. Perth has many tourist attractions that are good for family vacations, like the Aquarium of Western Australia, Kings Park, Perth Zoo, Cohunu Koala Park, and Adventure World. Other interesting places are the Scitech Discovery Centre, a permanent interactive science museum with a planetarium, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the Baroque theatre called His Majesty's Theatre, and Serpentine National Park.

There are no direct long-haul flights from Cocos Islands. The international airport on West Island connects to Perth Airport in mainland Australia. From there, travellers can book a flight to various international destinations, including Auckland, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi, Kuala Lumpur, Mauritius, Doha, Kota Kinabalu, Johannesburg, Bangkok, Jakarta, Singapore, and Guangzhou.

How to get out

Cocos (Keeling) Islands Airport, the airport on West Island, is the main gateway into the islands. The airport receives flights from Perth via Virgin Australia twice a week, with stopovers at Christmas Island. Australian citizens do not need a passport, but will need to present a valid form of photographic identification. Another way to get into Cocos (Keeling) Islands is by sea travel. Many sailing vessels enroute to Mauritius stop over at Cocos Islands.

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