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Cocos Island

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Published February 17th 2013
Paradise and Lunch
If you imagine yourself lying on a hammock between two palm trees with the sound of surf on a picture perfect remote coral island, then you've probably just been to Cocos Island in your mind.

One of the small islets (Pulu Maria) forming a ring of atolls and islets known as Cocos Island

Cocos is comprised of a chain of islands located 2750km northwest of Perth, and 970km southwest of Christmas Island. Although it's closer to Indonesia, Cocos is an Australian Territory with only two of the islands (Home and West Island) being inhabited. West Island has mainly an Australian population while Home Island is populated by around 450 Malays.

A Green Turtle resting in the shallow waters of the coral reef.

Our large family group arrived on West Island after a 4 hour flight from Perth and were immediately struck by the brilliant colours of the coral lagoon. In fact the colours of the surroundings leap out as you view the pure white beaches and lush vegetation comprised largely of coconut palms contrasting with the azure waters of the Indian Ocean.

The surf break on West Island

We quickly assimilated to the relaxed island life either fishing or reading during the day while the children went surfing at a nearby break. Our self contained accommodation at the Cocos Castaway was literally a stones throw from the ocean and provided a comfortable setting complete with the sound of crashing surf.

Surf shack

A ferry runs daily to Home Island, where you can catch a glimpse of the Malay community life and visit the Cocos museum with interesting artefacts and history of the island. You can also arrange to tour Oceania House which was the residence of the Clunies- Ross family who governed the island for many years. Their dynasty presided over the production and trade in Copra employing Malay people brought to the island specifically for this industry.

Beach close to the accommodation on West Island

If you are after a resort experience with all the trimmings Cocos is probably not for you. However if you are happy to rest in a very casual environment where you can go for a walk along the reef, go fishing or just do nothing under a palm tree then this place deserves serious consideration.

Virgin runs flights three times a week and more information is available at the Cocos Visitor Centre, including a variety of options for accommodation. Cocos is also becoming a destination for many kite-surfers around the world as conditions are ideal within the lagoon all year round.

A sign at the Cocos Sailing Club

Paradise and Lunch is the title of an album by renowned artist Ry Cooder and seemed to me to sum up this holiday destination as Cocos is all that you might hope for and more.
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Where: Cocos (Keeling) Islands
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I have wanted to go here for a while now, it looks amazing. My partner has run beachside resorts in remote locations around the world and he loves untamed beauty, Like Tanzania before they built all the big beachfront resorts. Are the beaches kid safe? Jelly fish? Are there restaurant/s? Can I see inside your accom? More photos pls :)
by Christina Brandalise (score: 3|3132) 375 days ago
love the photos!
by Lydia C. Lee (score: 2|656) 2736 days ago
Great photos and article, I want to be there!
by annem (score: 0|4) 1741 days ago
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