CHRISTMAS ISLAND - Kiritimati - October to April
There is Internet available at a nearby school, which is a 5 minute walk from Christmas Island resort.
They charge $2 /hour, with proceeds helping the school.
Access is from 8am to 5pm, and then from 7pm to 9pm, Monday to Friday.
What to bring
Bring all your normal stuff to Christmas island resort,2 or 3 boards ( shortboards , fishes or single fins as waves are perfect , spare fins, some boardies, sunblock, first-aid kit etc.
This is a list of the abnormal things you might also bring:
- guitar or any musical instrument
- fishing rod & gamefish lures
- the latest surf report for Sunset Beach
- the leads to connect your video camera to our tv
- your old/unwanted surf dvd's
The Australian Dollar is the currency used
Banking facilities are limited on Christmas Island, but the ANZ do have an ATM.
We strongly recommend you change your money toAustra Australian Dollars before getting to Christmas Island
The island was used by the British for low yield atmospheric H bomb testing in the 50's.
The detonations were high altitude "clean" explosions and were very successful.
Any radioactive contamination went high up into the atmosphere and is now spread around the world.
The island never received any radiation and is a safe place to live. We have in fact stood at 'ground zero' with proper geiger counters and checked for radiation ourselves. There was none to be found.
The local people are very healthy, have healthy babies, and live to a ripe old age.
If we thought there was any contamination we would not live there, nor bring our young families up there.
Coming from NZ we were justifiably very concerned about possible contamination and this was the most important item on our check-list.
There was no compromise on this issue - it was either 100% clean, or no resort.
There is no Malaria but apparently some Dengue Fever. Tap water is available for drinking but we recommend bottled water only. The island does have a hospital. We recommend you have Travel Health Insurance.
STD'sSurf Terminating Disasters. While the reefs aren't that sharp it is still coral. Cuts should be cleaned & cared for as per normal tropical wound proceedure. We suggest you bring a small first-aid kit for this. There are also millepedes & scorpions on the island. Both can deliver a surf terminating sting but are very rarely seen.
Big ones, very big ones. Big coconut & mud crabs (great eating!) are found all over the island. We strongly advise you don't mess with them, especially when alcohol is present. These should be approached only under strict adult supervision!!