The Cocos (Keeling) Islands are one of Australia’s most external Territories, comprised of twenty-seven tropical islands forming two atolls. Situated 2950 km’s north west of Perth, Western Australia, Cocos is a water lover’s paradise. Offering crystal clear water, white sandy beaches, surf breaks and remote uninhabited islands it is also home to an extremely healthy fishery. The fringing reef of the islands is also home to some of the most amazing marine life in the world. Beautiful pristine gardens of hard and soft corals adorn the sloping drop-offs and surrounding islands which are lined with green palm trees and extensive sand-flats.
The fishery is home to a strong population of large Bonefish, Permit, Giant and Bluefin Trevally and Humphead wrasse while some Napoleon and Triggerfish can also be found. The lagoon has an area of 14 square kilometres, providing a variety of sand flats, sea grass beds and coral reef bottom, fringed by an extensive inshore reef.
Comprised of two main Islands, West Island is home to an engaging community of 300 locals predominantly from mainland Australia, a variety of accommodation options, golf course, community bar, swimming beaches and surf breaks. Linked with a daily ferry service across the shallow lagoon to Direction and Home Island in the north, a visit to Cocos also provides the ability to experience the friendly Coco Malay community that reside there. This cross-cultural element of any visit to Cocos provides a great contrast and insight into the history of the Islands and its people.
- Cocos is an archipelago and a territory of Australia
- It’s a Big Bonefish destination, with fish over 70cm regularly caught
- Discovered by William Keeling in 1609
- Consists of 27 Islands, but only 2 are inhabited
- There is a huge population of green turtles and an abundance of hard corals
There is a variety of good accommodation options on West Island, within close proximity to the town amenities, tourist information centre, general store, café’s and some dining options. This includes one and two-bedroom Villa’s which are popular for travelling fishermen and couples, with self-catering and BBQ facilities, and wash down areas at the end of each day to rinse off your gear.
For families or larger groups, we have access to a fantastic private home comprising 3 bedrooms, kitchen, dining and entertainment facilities with everything you need to holiday in comfort. On West Island, there are also several options including basic apartments and homestay rooms, while you can also mix up your time between both Islands while there.
Dining options on West Island are reasonably limited but sufficient if you plan to eat out, with the small number of cafes’, community bar and restaurant’s providing specific options on different nights of the week. A visit to the information centre on arrival will update you with the weeks activities including dining options for the week ahead. The general store is also limited in terms of supplies, but has enough to get you by if you wish to self-cater with some basic meals.
There is also a large variety of non-angling activities to explore including snorkelling, surfing, canoeing, kite surfing, golf and birdwatching.
Fly Odyssey has teamed up with a number of enthusiastic Malay guides on Home Island who have recently started their guiding operations in 2017, with boat access to a wide expanse of flats throughout the lagoon. The bonefish on Cocos are big and powerful, with double figure fish not uncommon. Being a fairly shallow lagoon, the bonefish move between deeper drop-offs and turtle grass beds to tailing in shallow water. Searching and locating the fish with the local guides will maximise your chances of encountering these larger fish with success.
Decent numbers of permit are also available in certain areas of the lagoon, while Bluefin, Striped trevally and large Giant Trevally are also available near the ocean passes. The strong population of black-tip reef sharks is an indication of how healthy this ecosystem, located in the lagoon and on the inshore reef areas. Grey reef sharks can also be seen at times around the reef, while here you can target Trevally, Bonefish, Triggerfish, a variety of wrasse species and Giant Trevally.
Seasonally the Cocos Islands experience two seasons – primarily the Doldrums season from December – May when the trade winds are at their lowest, however the conditions can be cloudy and stormy at times. The June-September winter seasons can experience clearer skies in general however winds can be quite strong at times which attracts kite-surfers world-wide during these months. Regardless of when you can get away to visit Cocos, the temperatures are still tropical and warm throughout the year providing a great getaway and unique island experience for travellers from all corners of the globe.
Cocos can be fished on a DIY basis, however this is limited, in general, to a few key flats areas without boat access. There is however plenty of inshore reef areas to target if conditions suit.
The rates for this destination vary throughout the season. We offer the best available rates for this destination and do not charge for our service. By calling we are able to tailor a package to specifically suit your requirements at the best available rate. As we have offices in both the United Kingdom and Australia we can also ensure you are being quoted in your local currency. Please enquire for the latest rates and availability, including information on any applicable special offers and group discounts.
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Flights depart and return to Perth, Western Australia twice weekly which can link to a variety of direct international arrivals including London, Hong Kong, Dubai and Johannesburg. Domestic flights are available daily from most Australian capital cities into Perth.