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  • 11 Days Christmas & Cocos Islands

    White sands, crystal clear waters, and an abundance of wildlife awaits on this tropical getaway. 2021 SOLD OUT. Book now for 2022.

    The Indian Ocean north-west of Perth is home to the Australian territories of Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Both are unique in their offerings and characteristics, with prolific marine and wildlife. Over 11 days you will visit all of the highlights on each island and learn about the unique culture and heritage the land plays home to.

    Walk on the silky sands of Cossie Beach
    Walk on the silky sands of Cossie Beach
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    DESTINATION
    AUSTRALIA
    THEME
    NATURAL WONDERS
    PRICE FROM
    AUD $3,399
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    SELF-GUIDED
    PHYSICAL LEVEL
    4/10
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    3 months free membership

    Not yet a member? We will include 3 months' free membership with enough travel credits to get the maximum discount on this holiday.

    Trip Highlights

     

    There are so many fantastic activities on this trip to immerse you in your experience. Explore Cocos Island's West Island with an exhilitaring canoe tour, learn about it's rich Malay history on a cultural tour of Home Island, meet the islands' birdlife, witness Christmas Island's spectacular red crab migration and much more.

    Select package type:

    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

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    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from AUD $3,399pp twin-share [Save $1,388]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

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    • Nature
    • Special interest
    • Sightseeing
    • Rural towns
    • Wildlife
    • Learning
    • Group activities
    • Adventure
    • Beach-side
    • On the water
    • New cultures

    Cocos Island Canoe Safari

    Whilst winding your way through the pristine waters of the lagoon immerse yourself in the diverse history of the islands. Snorkel, fish or just soak up the amazing scenery and ambience, whilst enjoying complimentry drinks and nibbles. (Optional inclusion for Sapphire class)

    Home Island Culture Tour

    Embark on this exciting and informative 3-hour Cocos Malay History and Cultural Tour. Visit the museum, travel through the Kampong (village) to meet some local elders, learn about coconut husking, basket weaving and woodworking, and so much more. (Optional inclusion for Sapphire class)

    Panoramic Bird Tour

    Birds, birds and more birds! Get up close and personal with the birds of Christmas Island as you journey through the island on this 4 hour tour. (Optional inclusion for Sapphire class)

    More trip highlights:

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    Red Crab Spawning Tour

    It’s what Christmas Island is famous for! 50 million red crabs go on the move at the start of the annual wet season, timing their spawning with tides which will carry their trillions of eggs out to sea.  Experience the peak of what Christmas Island has to offer with this special tour which is only offered on specific dates each year. (Optional activity)

    local_activity
    Christmas Island Orientation Tour

    Discover the history, culture and activities available on Christmas Island.  This 2 hour tour explains many of the places of interest, suitable shopping and eating places, activities that are available during your stay and the history of settlement and development of the island.


    View the itinerary for a comprehensive view of the trip highlights.

    Member Pricing

    Sapphire self-guided package
    Sapphire Self-guided
    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!
    From AUD $3,399pp twin-share [Save $1,388]
    • Return flights to Perth Airport (PER)
    • 2 unique islands visited
    • 1 internal flight included
    • 11 days car hire included
    • 11 days of touring and sight-seeing
    • 21 towns and other places of interest visited
    • 10 nights' top-class accommodation
    • 1 excellent excursions and activities
    • 4 optional excursions and activities

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    Ruby self-guided package
    Ruby Self-guided
    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!
    From AUD $4,239pp twin-share [Save $1,413]
    • Return flights to Perth Airport (PER)
    • 2 unique islands visited
    • 1 internal flight included
    • 11 days car hire included
    • 11 days of touring and sight-seeing
    • 21 towns and other places of interest visited
    • 10 nights' top-class accommodation
    • 4 excellent excursions and activities
    • 1 optional excursions and activities

    See full inclusions

    FAQ: Single, twin-share and more

    What is twin-share, triple-share and quad-share?

    The share-basis is about accommodation pricing. It does not mean that you share a room with a stranger.

    "Twin-share" is where two people occupy a hotel room (open-plan style) or other accommodation such as an apartment, usually a couple or two friends. This is the normal way accommodation is priced. The price is shared between two people. Most accommodation properties (eg. hotels) offer rooms with king, queen or double beds. Most offer the option of "twin" beds as well which actually means two single beds to accommodate singles sharing, couples wanting space and so-on.

    "Triple share" is where three people occupy the accommodation and share the price. "Quad-share" is where four people occupy the accommodation and share the price. Family apartments and hotel rooms usually include a king, queen or double bed and one or more single beds to handle triple and quad-share arrangements. Sometimes other bedding configurations are available as well.

    What is a seasonal adjustment?

    Some accommodation providers, especially in very popular holiday locations, have higher room rates for busy holiday periods (usually spring and summer holidays). We must make an allowance for those price variations if applicable.

    What is a single supplement?

    A "single supplement" applies to single travellers who want a room to themselves. Because the price is not shared, a "single supplement" applies. This additional amount is based on the single covering the entire accommodation component of the trip that would normally be split between two or more people.

    Getaway Cash (GCash) travel credits reduce the price of your trip from retail down to industry-wholesale. Free Flights Vouchers further discount your holiday.

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    Member offer

    3 months free membership

    Not yet a member? We will include 3 months' free membership with enough travel credits to get the maximum discount on this holiday.

    * All prices are per-person on a twin-share basis unless stated otherwise and bookings are subject to availability. Price, Getaway Cash travel credit usage, Free Flights Voucher usage and deposit amount varies according to travel date. All prices are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Full booking terms and conditions are available here.

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    Inclusions

     

    A wild expanse of verdant rainforest, volcanic cliffs, hidden beaches and endemic wildlife, Christmas Island and Cocos Islands are a must see.

    Select package type:

    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

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    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from AUD $3,399pp twin-share [Save $1,388]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

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    "Home to beaches, diving and one of the world's most astonishing wildlife sights, Australia's own Galapagos has never been more ready for your visit. "

    This is a first-class itinerary that's fully flexible. Want more or fewer days or you want to include a special destination or activity? No problem, we’ll customise a travel plan for you.

    Inclusions list:

    flight
    Flight to Christmas Island

    Enjoy a flight from Perth into the beautiful Christmas Island.

    Economy class; Up to 20kg checked-in luggage; Up to 7kg carry-on luggage.
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    Flight home from Cocos Islands

    Finish off your holiday with a flight from Cocos Islands back to Perth.

    Economy class; Up to 20kg checked-in luggage; Up to 7kg carry-on luggage.
    flight
    Flight from Christmas Island to Cocos Islands

    Enjoy an internal flight from Christmas Island to Cocos Islands.

    hotel
    7 nights accommodation on Christmas Island

    Comfortable hotel-style rooms (Garden view room included in Sapphire package. Ocean view upgrade available)

    Enjoy 7-nights of bliss on Christmas Island. Located in the main settlement, this accommodation provides easy access to the island's best highlights.

    Hotel room rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.9+.
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    3 nights accommodation on Cocos Islands

    Relax among the greenery

    Explore Cocos Island from this idealic holiday home. Surrounded by parklands and a short stroll to the beach, you'll be in heaven.

    Apartment rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.9+.
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    Christmas Island Orientation Tour

    Orientation tour

    Discover the history, culture and activities available on Christmas Island.  This 2 hour tour explains many of the places of interest, suitable shopping and eating places, activities that are available during your stay and the history of settlement and development of the island.

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    11 days car hire

    Explore at your own pace with quality car hire on both Christmas and Cocos Islands. Standard SUV is the base inclusion for this package.

    Mitsubishi Pajero 4x4 or similar; Suits max. 4 psns w/luggage; Auto, Air con. Zero excess or excess cover optional.

    Other information:

    • Add extra nights wherever you want and pay the lowest member rates
    • Hand-picked, top-rated hotels, all tried and trusted
    • Variety of optional excursions and tours

    All packages include:

    • No fees to alter the itinerary (you just pay for the adjusted itinerary)
    • Extra nights at industry wholesale price (using GCash travel credits)
    • Google Drive folder with soft copies of all travel documents
    • Personal travel consultant to help plan and customize your holiday
    • Comprehensive, printed itinerary and travel documents

    * All prices are per-person on a twin-share basis and bookings are subject to availability. Price and deposit amount varies according to travel date. If flights are shown as included then a flight cost provision (allowance) applies and is based on travel from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. Travel can be arranged from any other major centre and for any number of people. All prices shown are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Total price after member discount (using Getaway Cash credits and Australian Escapes Free Flights Vouchers if applicable) is generally payable as follows: Deposit on booking, balance 120 days prior to departure. Packages can be priced for families and groups on request. Standard (retail) price comparisons are with similar packages offered elsewhere or what would be payable by a non-member for the same package. Travel insurance if included is a provision only and may be declined on requestTravel insurance pricing if stated is based on comprehensive travel insurance for two travellers aged 69 years or less as at the date of departure from Australia. No recommendations or advice are given in regard to travel insurance suitability. Travel Directions Pty Ltd (t/as Australian Escapes Holiday & Travel Club) standard booking terms and conditions apply to all booking enquiries and bookings and are available here to view (or visit our website and go to either the "Booking Enquiry" or "About Us" menu item.)

    Your Itinerary

     

    After a short flight north-west from Perth you will arrive at the Australian territory of Christmas Island, the wildlife paradise that many have heard of yet few have visited. With dense jungles, beautiful sandy beaches and crystalline blue waters, Christmas Island is a tropical paradise. Swim, explore, and relax, before transfering to Cocos Islands.

    Explore the 27 coral islands of Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Each island is made up of white sand, plenty of palm trees and surrounded by sparkling blue water. If you are interested in an unspoiled, quiet, safe, relaxed and friendly place, you cannot look past the Cocos Islands!

    "Live life with no excuses, travel with no regret." - Oscar Wilde

    Your day-to-day itinerary:

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    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

    READ MORE

    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from AUD $3,399pp twin-share [Save $1,388]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

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    DAY 1
    PERTH - CHRISTMAS ISLAND (7 NIGHTS) (7 NIGHTS)

    Rising majestically from the tropical depths of the vast Indian ocean, and surrounded by azure waters lies a stunning Natural Wonder: Christmas Island. Uncover the remarkable surprises of this island full of natural wonders: from the unique annual red crab migration to rare and unusual birds and glorious deserted beaches.

    Your hire car:

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    11 days car hire

    Explore at your own pace with quality car hire on both Christmas and Cocos Islands. Standard SUV is the base inclusion for this package.

    (Car type is subject to availability.)

    About today:

    Spend 7 nights in gorgeous Christmas Island

    Welcome to spectacular Christmas Island

    Christmas Island is 135 square kilometers of steep cliffs, tropical rainforest, rare birdlife, national parks and of course red crabs. Tens of millions of them, and you'll see them everywhere: in trees, on footpaths, under boardwalks and on beaches – it’s fun to snap your encounters with these little critters along the way!

    Upon arrival, pick up your hire car and drive to your accommodation. Check-in is 2pm. Subject to flight time and room availability you might be able to go straight to your room.

    In the afternoon today subject to flight time (or on Day 2) you will discover the history and culture of Christmas Island with a 2-hour tour that explains many of the places of interest, suitable shopping and eating places, and activities that are available during your stay, as well as the history of settlement and development of the island.

    Comfortable hotel-style rooms (Garden view room included in Sapphire package. Ocean view upgrade available)
    Located overlooking the ocean in settlement town
    hotel
    7 nights accommodation on Christmas Island

    Enjoy 7-nights of bliss on Christmas Island. Located in the main settlement, this accommodation provides easy access to the island's best highlights.

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    DAY 2
    CHRISTMAS ISLAND - ORIENTATION - RAINFOREST

    About today:

    Explore the island

    Learn about the island with a fun orientation tour and more

    Take the short drive to Territory Day Park, which sits atop a mountain crest and offers spectacular views of Settlement and the popular adjacent swimming spot, Flying Fish Cove, below.  

    Enjoy a two-kilometre return rainforest walk around the park and get your bearings before taking the visiting Tai Jin House, a grand manor that was originally the residence of the island's British administrator. You'll find a permanent exhibition detailing Christmas Island's fascinating history. In the evening, we recommend dinner with the locals at the Golden Bosun Tavern, a relaxed pub by the water serving tap beer and affordable meals.

    With all the new information you learn on your tour, the rest of your day can be spent at leisure. Before sitting down for dinner, drive to nearby Martin Point for spectacular sunset views and loads of frigate (booby) birds.

    Activities:

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    Christmas Island Orientation Tour

    Discover the history, culture and activities available on Christmas Island.  This 2 hour tour explains many of the places of interest, suitable shopping and eating places, activities that are available during your stay and the history of settlement and development of the island.

    (Included)
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    DAY 3
    CHRISTMAS ISLAND - DIVING OR RELAXING

    About today:

    Experience the red crab migration in October and November

    Explore Christmas Island's remarkable underwater world

    If you have diving experience and equipment, today you can explore Christmas Island's spectacular underwater world in the area's perfect diving waters. Equipment can be rented if required and must be booked in advance.

    Because the island is perched on the edge of the Java Trench (the Indian Ocean's deepest point), it offers some of the world's best wall dives in exquisitely clear water. Divers are likely to see large pelagic fish such as tuna, barracuda, and reef sharks, as well as some of the 88 coral species and 600 fish species living here, spinner dolphins, and green and hawksbill turtles.

    During the October to November's red crab migration – a sight that Sir David Attenborough called one of the most memorable moments of his television career, due to the millions of crabs that move down to the water like a giant red carpet – you can take a tour and watch the female crabs spawn.

    If you play golf, then try the lush fairways of the nine-hole Christmas Island Golf Course. If you’re not a diver or golfer, just take it easy today or head out for more sightseeing around the island. (Important: Let us know if you would like to book diving equipment.)

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    Red Crab Spawning Tour

    It’s what Christmas Island is famous for! 50 million red crabs go on the move at the start of the annual wet season, timing their spawning with tides which will carry their trillions of eggs out to sea.  Experience the peak of what Christmas Island has to offer with this special tour which is only offered on specific dates each year.

    (Optional AUD $150 Adult price)
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    DAY 4
    CHRISTMAS ISLAND - DOLLY BEACH

    About today:

    Explore Dolly Beach's azure waters

    Coconut palms and white sandy beaches await

    Pack a picnic and drive to the beginning of the Dolly Beach walking track, where you'll take the leisurely one-kilometer boardwalk through rainforest to arrive at this special place.

    Dolly Beach is a powdery white stretch of sand framed by a dramatic grove of coconut palms and surrounded by shallow, azure waters, complete with a coral reef. Be sure to take a dip in the natural rock pool in the middle of the beach (it's nicknamed Dolly Beach Spa for the gentle waves that swoosh into it, creating bubbles) and look out for the area's robber crabs as well as the turtles that nest here all year round.

    Afterwards, drive south through the rainforest to the Blowholes stopping at the stunning Strangler Fig along the way, where you'll see a dramatic natural performance. The waves here spurt upwards through hundreds of holes in the rocky coastline, creating airborne jets of water in a landscape of black rock pinnacles.

    Immerse yourself in the cool waters of the Grotto and visit Mar Chor Nui Nui Temple, then finish the afternoon with a snorkel and barbecue at Flying Fish Cove.

    Return to Settlement via the stunning Margaret Knoll lookout, which offers panoramic views of the island's east coast and is a perfect site to watch seabirds soaring.

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    DAY 5
    CHRISTMAS ISLAND - BIRD TOUR

    About today:

    Embark on a panoramic bird tour of Christmas Island

    Eye-to-eye experience with the island's native birds

    Birds, birds and more birds! Today you will experience Christmas Island's unique birdlife with an exciting 4-hour panoramic tour. Even if you're not a "twitcher" (avid birdwatcher) you are going to love this.

    First you will visit Golf Course lookout with stunning views across part of the eastern side of the island. During your eye-to-eye experience with many of the island's bird species, learn more about their unique biology and behaviour and why they call Christmas Island home. You will then visit Lily Beach for a tea break whilst viewing juveniles and nesting birds and then onto Ethel Beach.

    Afterwards you’ll venture to the top terrace to view Abbotts Booby birds in their nesting habitat – one of the rarest seabirds in the world! In the evening, kick back and take in an evening movie under the warm, tropical sky at the Outdoor Cinema.

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    Panoramic Bird Tour

    Birds, birds and more birds! Get up close and personal with the birds of Christmas Island as you journey through the island on this 4 hour tour.

    (Optional AUD $100 Adult price)
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    DAY 6
    CHRISTMAS ISLAND - THE DALES

    About today:

    Visit the spectacular Hughs Dale Waterfall

    Take the boardwalk through Tahitian chestnut trees, strangler figs and banyan trees

    Fifteen kilometers from the settlement you'll find the Dales, one of the few places on the island with permanent flowing water, providing a significant habitat for the island's blue crabs.

    Take the boardwalk through Tahitian chestnut trees, strangler figs and banyan trees. On your way, look out for the blue crabs, which are an incredible sky blue colour, and follow the freshwater stream to Hughs Dale waterfall, where you can enjoy a shower in the fresh water.

    The Dales is one of Christmas Island's two Ramsar protected wetlands. If you are feeling adventurous, follow another trail from Hughs Dale to Andersons Dale, a small gorge with a stream that flows to the sea.

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    DAY 7
    CHRISTMAS ISLAND - FLEXIBLE TIME

    About today:

    Spend your time relaxing by the beach

    Relax with a free day to enjoy at your leisure

    Today is your last free day to explore the island. Seek out a previously undiscovered cove or simply relax on the beach. The choice is yours. Make sure you bring your fishing gear because there are plenty of shore-based locations from which to launch a bait, fly or lure in front of GT's, bonefish, wahoo and more.

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    DAY 8
    CHRISTMAS ISLAND - COCOS (KEELING) ISLANDS (3 NIGHTS) (3 NIGHTS)

    900km from Christmas Island, Australia's last unspoilt paradise lies in the azure waters of the Indian Ocean offering spectacular snorkelling, world-class diving, excellent fishing and the adrenalin-rush of kitesurfing.

    About today:

    Transfer to the spectacular Cocos Island

    Journey to the gorgeous Cocos Islands

    900km from Christmas Island, Australia's last unspoiled paradise lies in the azure waters of the Indian Ocean offering spectacular snorkeling, world-class diving, and excellent fishing.

    An almost perfect circular atoll of 27 islands, each blanketed with coconut palms and surrounded by white sand beaches, Cocos, as it's known to locals, is home to only two inhabited islands: Home Island and West Island.

    This afternoon you're flying here, so spend your morning doing some last-minute shopping for Christmas Island art at the Wild Papaya gallery, and shopping for souvenirs at the Visitor Information Centre before boarding your 90-minute flight.

    You'll disembark onto the Cocos runway which is in the middle of the West Island golf course – your first clue that the Cocos Islands are rather unusual.

    After picking up your hire car, check-in to your accommodation and spend the rest of the day relaxing at leisure. We recommend having a sunset drink at the Cocos Club before dinner in the beach garden at Tropika Restaurant, which serves a terrific buffet each night.

    Relax among the greenery
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    3 nights accommodation on Cocos Islands

    Explore Cocos Island from this idealic holiday home. Surrounded by parklands and a short stroll to the beach, you'll be in heaven.

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    DAY 9
    COCOS ISLANDS - CULTURAL TOUR

    About today:

    Explore nearby Home Island

    Explore nearby Home Island & Direction Island

    On the opposite side of the atoll to West Island you'll find Home Island, where a small, unique indigenous population of about 450 Cocos Malay people live.

    A two-hour cultural tour of Home Island – only 20 minutes by ferry from West Island – offers fascinating insight into the way these friendly locals live. Discover Cocos Malay traditions, try basket weaving, learn a few Cocos Malay words and visit the museum.

    On nearby Direction Island you'll find Cossies Beach, which, with its creamy white sands, palm-fringed edges, and bright blue water, is one of the most beautiful beaches in Australia. To get here, take the 30-minute ferry from West Island to Direction Island and orient yourself on the fascinating three-kilometre walk around the island.

    You'll find plaques describing the island's history, including the sinking of SMS Emden, a German ship, during the Battle of Cocos in World War I. Cossies Beach is also home to one of the islands' best land-based drift snorkels, the Rip, in which you can drift above corals, giant trevally, turtles, parrot fish, reef sharks and more. Hire snorkelling gear and receive a detailed brief on snorkelling the Rip before you board the ferry, back at West Island's Visitor Centre.

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    Home Island tour

    Embark on this exciting and informative 3-hour Cocos Malay History and Cultural Tour. Visit the museum, travel through the Kampong (village) to meet some local elders, learn about coconut husking, basket weaving and woodworking, and so much more.

    (Optional AUD $100 Adult price)
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    DAY 10
    COCOS ISLANDS - CANOE SAFARI

    About today:

    Canoe around West Island

    Embark on a motorised outrigger canoe safari

    Today is yours to explore West Island; although home to a relatively small population (about 100 people), there's still plenty to see and do. Start with a takeaway coffee or chai latte, then embark on a motorised outrigger canoe safari exploring the southern islands of the huge lagoon, where you'll see lots of marine life including turtles, dolphins and tropical fish.

    The four to five-hour tour departs at different times each day (depending on the tide). You might find yourself enjoying a Champagne breakfast on a floating pontoon, learning about the islands’ history and culture, going snorkelling, strolling on deserted beaches, exploring some of the uninhabited islands and viewing turtle breeding sites.

    It is estimated there are 30,000 green and hawksbill turtles living in the middle of the atoll. Walk out to the end of West Island's town jetty on the north of the island in the late afternoon to see dozens of turtles swimming in the shallows.

    We recommend having dinner this evening at the Flying Fish Cafe, which serves local fresh fish such as coral trout and sweetlip. It is the perfect way to spend the last night of your getaway.

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    Cocos Island Canoe Safari

    Whilst winding your way through the pristine waters of the lagoon immerse yourself in the diverse history of the islands. Snorkel, fish or just soak up the amazing scenery and ambience, whilst enjoying complimentry drinks and nibbles.

    (Optional AUD $140 Adult price)
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    DAY 11
    COCOS ISLANDS - PERTH

    About today:

    Walk on the silky sands of Cossie Beach

    Return home after an unforgettable getaway

    Today it’s time to say goodbye to paradise and head back to Perth. After such a perfect journey, we’re sure you’ll be back. Until then, you have the pictures and memories you gathered along the way!

    Accommodation

     

    All accommodation is carefully selected to meet the high standards defined by our accreditation system. Read about our accommodation rating standards and the methods used to assess quality.

    Select package type:

    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

    READ MORE

    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from AUD $3,399pp twin-share [Save $1,388]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

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    Accommodation standards applied:

    Christmas Island

    Comfortable hotel-style rooms (Garden view room included in Sapphire package. Ocean view upgrade available)

    Located overlooking the ocean in settlement town

    Enjoy 7-nights of bliss on Christmas Island. Located in the main settlement, this accommodation provides easy access to the island's best highlights.

    Example Property Type:
    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.9 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Hotel room

    Cocos (Keeling) Island

    Relax among the greenery

    Gorgeously styled tooms

    Explore Cocos Island from this idealic holiday home. Surrounded by parklands and a short stroll to the beach, you'll be in heaven.

    Example Property Type:
    Apartment Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.9 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Apartment

    Carefully selected accommodation:

    Hotel Standards

    Read about our accommodation rating standards and the methods used to assess quality.


    Shown above are examples of the type and quality of accommodation to be supplied. When ready to proceed, we will confirm available accommodation at that time including any examples given here where possible. Any changes to accommodation will be approved by you prior to bookings being placed. Actual accommodation might need to be changed subject to availability and with the aim of working within the package price.

    FAQ's for This Package

    Yes, a flight provision is included in this package. You can also use Australian Escapes Free Flights Vouchers at the rate of 1 per traveler to reduce the overall price. Flights prices vary from different starting points so the final price will be confirmed before you decide to proceed.

    This is a fully-guided tour with organised activities as well as free time. You will be able to do other things that you might want to do away from the group. Let us know what you have in mind and we'll advise accordingly.

    Accommodation is supplied in all destinations on the included itinerary. They will be hotel-style accommodation rated Bronze or Silver standard. This means, very high quality accommodation. Bedding is arranged to suit the number of persons staying. All accommodation is subject to change subject according to availability however it will be as central as possible and very high quality.

    Yes, all listed activities are included. Some optional activities might be offered during the tour.

    When you arrive at each destination on your trip your tour director will show you around and point out places of interest.

    General Tour Package FAQ's

    All tours can be operated on a "Group-guided" basis. A complete "Tour Manager Notes & Guide" manual is supplied to the group leader (trip organizer). Included is a comprehensive daily itinerary, driver instructions and information about each part of your tour to enable you to provide entertaining commentary. Also included are checklists and reminders about daily tasks. The end-result is easy-flowing trip organisation, fewer issues and very happy tour participants. Overall it means less stress and a lot more fun for everyone.

    If a tour director is supplied in an example tour package it will be shown as an inclusion. But this is very flexible and if not included as standard, can be arranged if preferred. If you are part of a social group such as Probus, the trip organiser will often enjoy taking on this role. We provide comprehensive information and guidance for "hands-on" trip organisers. This includes a "how-to" guide and starter information about the places visited on the tour.

    Yes, definitely. All charter tour packages are simply "templates" as a starting point for customising a tour to suit. We then we apply the discounts available to you, your club or corporate group.

    All tour packages are flexible. Various options are already published. (See the Pricing section for the tour you are interested in.) "Join departure" tour types are tours where you can join a tour group leaving on various departure dates. This suit couples and singles. If you represent a club or other group, please click the "Enquiry" button to request pricing for an exclusive charter to suit your group.

    See a list of standard inclusions on the package details page. Some packages have two or three different package classes with different inclusions. Select the optional package class to see included activities. Optional activities are shown separately. Your travel consultant will discuss optional activities with you so you can decide what to include or leave out of your itinerary. You can also swap and change activities. A price variance might apply.

    "Self-guided" (self-drive) is a trip designed for singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people (such as two to four couples) traveling together using a single car or 7 to 12-seater van depending on group size. It means that you drive yourself on the trip. "Group-guided" means the tour is for a larger group on a bus with a professional driver and the group leader (trip organizer) as tour director. A professional tour director can be supplied if required. A "fully-guided" bus tour is operated by a driver-guide or tour director. There are usually preset departures that you can join. Fully-guided tours can also be arranged exclusively for a group and this is called a "group charter".

    We will recommend accommodation to meet your preferences. All accommodation is selected using our exclusive hotel rating system. You can then change the accommodation if preferred. Often you will also have a choice of accommodation types at the recommended accommodation properties. We'll find out your preferences in the early stages of planning your trip.

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    FAQ: Tour package types and flexibility

    What is a "Self-guided" tour?

    This means you are in full control of your trip including driving. You will have a rental car (uncluded in the package) to get you around. The vehicle size varies according to preference and/or group size. Self-guided is aimed at singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people.

    Our job is to organise most things for you in advance saving you a lot of time, stress and money. You'll receive a complete daily itinerary with lots of helpful information plus a FREE Lonely Planet guide to fill in the gaps. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and to do things spontaneously.

    What is a "Group-guided" tour?

    Group-guided is aimed at groups of 12 or more people. "Group-guided" means you or another person runs the tour as would a tour director. A tour coach and professional driver is supplied.

    The included "Tour Manager Notes & Guide" helps you run the tour, plus you receive a FREE Lonely Planet guide. Included is a complete daily itinerary with lots of helpful information as a well as a driver itinerary.

    We organise all aspects of the trip in advance saving you a lot of time and money and ensuring a smooth travel experience. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously.

    What is a "Fully-guided" tour?

    Fully-guided tours are aimed at larger groups on a charter basis, the same as "Group-guided", except that the tour is run by a professional tour director.

    Transport is a tour coach and professional driver. We organise all aspects of the trip in advance saving you a lot of time and money and ensuring a smooth travel experience. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously. A fully-guided tour means everyone can relax including the trip organiser.

    What is a "Join departure" tour?

    You join a fully-guided tour that starts on an available departure date. Small and large groups can join a departure, however the tour is focused on the interests of the broader group. You can appoint a leader specifically for your group if preferred to focus on separate interests.

    The tour is run by a professional tour director. Transport can vary from a 8 to 12-seater commuter bus, driven by the tour director, up to a 54-seat luxury coach with professional driver. We organise all aspects of the trip in advance and there is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously.

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