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CHRISTMAS ISLAND - THE VILLAGES

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Christmas Island is the largest amongst a chain of islands in the South Pacific, belonging to the country of Kiribati.

It is one of the most unique angling destinations on earth, providing miles and miles of wade-able flats to explore. This giant atoll located twelve hundred miles south of Hawaii and a hundred miles north of the equator provides consistent weather and year round fly-fishing opportunities to a large range of species, but is best known for its huge populations of Bonefish.

  • Season: all year round
  • Bonefish, Giant Trevally, Bluefin Trevally, Trigger Fish, Milkfish plus Bluewater species
  • Isolated island location
  • 14 anglers per week
  • Ideal for both first time and experienced anglers

The Villages is located right on the beach, on the lagoon side, about one and a half kilometres from the main town of London. It is community-owned, the skiffs are on your doorstep, and it is a great set-up providing one-on-one guiding. Fly Odyssey has been dealing with The Villages for many, many years now and we regard them as having one of the most professional guiding programmes on the island.

The Villages feature seven air-conditioned double twin-bed bungalows, comfortably accommodating twelve to fourteen anglers at a time. There is a private bathroom with shower and hot/cold water in each unit as well as a porch with views of Discovery Beach and the lagoon. The rooms are made up daily, with fresh towels provided.

There is a refrigerator and bottled water in the rooms and soft drinks and beer are available from the bar. A 'maneaba', a local name for the anglers gathering centre, lies in the heart of the complex, featuring a comfortable lounge and large communal dining area, with a great island atmosphere - perfect for reliving the days fly-fishing and planning tomorrow's adventures. There is also a fly-tying bench, a rod storage areas. The staff are very attentive and it is a great lodge to explore the vast surronding waters.

Locally flavoured seafood, salads and meats are prepared by an experienced local chef and served by his trained staff. There is a cooked breakfast daily, and fresh fruit when available. If you have special dietary requirements, please let Fly Odyssey know in advance of your trip.

The bar has liquor, wines, beer and soft drinks which will be charged to your bill and your bar tab is payable at the end of your stay. You make and pack your lunch each day from the choices on a small sandwich buffet which is put in the coolers assigned to your skiff.

Whilst most visitors to the island are focused on the fly-fishing, for the non-angler, activities are based around the ocean and extensive snorkelling, diving and bird-watching are available. Please note that due to the remoteness of the location there is no dive school on the island so all divers must be experienced. Otherwise you can swim, relax in a hammock or read a book on the beach.

Fly Odyssey can offer a variety of packages to Christmas Island including hosted trips with experienced fly-fishermen who understand the fishery, or fully guided lodge packages.

There is NO internet connection.

Christmas Island has long been considered the Holy Grail in many bonefishing circles. The large bonefish population and extensive flats habitat make this the ideal location to experience the joys of saltwater fly-fishing.

Ideal for novice, intermediate and experienced fly-fisherman, the variety on offer caters for all skill levels. The island itself has the largest land area of any coral atoll to be found, and its vast lagoon and sand flats provide the perfect habitat for a huge variety of species. It is a great place for those who love to fish by walking endless sand flats, and with most of the internal flats made up of hard white sand and turtle grass, it provides a perfect habitat and opportunity to land good numbers of bonefish each day.

You can expect over ten fish per day when bonefishing Christmas Island, with anglers regularly clocking up respectable cricket scores by the end of their trip, while really getting to understand the behaviours of these special fish.

Wandering the extensive and unspoilt flats of Christmas Island you feel as though you are in another world. There are numerous other species as well to throw a fly at, including one of the hardest fighting of them all, the Giant Trevally. GT's at Christmas Island grow to extraordinary sizes and landing one will test your skills and gear to the limit.

In addition there are Milkfish, Triggerfish, Bluefin and Golden Trevally cruising the flats and reef edges. Offshore you have the opportunity out in the Bluewater to chase species such as Tuna, Billfish, Wahoo and a host of other ocean predators.

The head guide Eketi will schedule the daily fishing, according to the tide, water, sun position and weather conditions. Each day anglers will leave from the beach in their versatile South Pacific style skiffs with their guides and boatman. A short ride brings you to some of the best bonefish flats where you will be guided on a one-on-one basis with the depth generally varying from six inches to three feet deep. The boatman moves the skiff to follow the anglers and guides, so you will be within easy walking distance from your skiff in case you want to access additional tackle, food, snacks or water.

The pick-up trucks used by other lodges have been eliminated here, so anglers are able to maximize their valuable fishing time. When fishing the 'Korean Wreck' waters or other sites that can only be reached by using land vehicles, they will be used. The head guide will discuss these special areas when they are fishing well. If an extra skiff and guide is requested, you may discuss it with Eketi and find out the availability and additional cost.

This is a remote location and as such there are a number of pre-trip considerations that are required in order to make your trip a memorable one, for the right reasons.

As per all Fly Odyssey bookings, we will provide a comprehensive and detailed pre-trip fly-fishing guide, and advise of travel requirements prior to your departure.

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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Passport with minimum six months validity. A visa is not required.

There are direct flights from the UK to Hawaii with a short stop in Los Angeles. There is usually an overnight in Hawaii and then take the one weekly hour-hour flight to Christmas Island.

From Australia, anglers can fly direct to Nadi, Fiji prior to the one weekly flight through to Kiribati.

  • Currency: Kiribati Dollar linked to Australian Dollar
  • Capital: N?A
  • Airport: Los Angeles, Hawaii, Nadi, Christmas Islands Cassidy international Airport CXI
  • Population: 5,500
  • Language: English
  • Religion: Catholic
  • Electricity: 110v two pin
  • Time: 12 Hours ahead of GMT 3 hours ahead of Australia
  • Average temperatures: mid to high 20s to 30s - fairly consistent due to its location in relation to the equator

The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT) provides financial protection under the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 for Fly Odyssey Ltd, and in the event of their insolvency, protection is provided for the following:

  1. non-flight packages commencing in and returning to the UK;
  2. non-flight packages commencing and returning to a country other than the UK; and
  3. flight inclusive packages that commence outside of the UK, which are sold to customers outside of the UK.

1, 2 and 3 provides for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled. 1 and 3 provides for repatriation. Please note that bookings made outside the UK are only protected by ABTOT when purchased directly with Fly Odyssey Ltd.

OVERSEAS BOOKINGS

Contact: Mat McHugh
Tel: +44 (0)1621 743711
Mob: +44 (0)7936 708305
Email: enquiries@flyodyssey.co.uk

CHALK STREAMS BOOKINGS

Contact: Gilly Bate
Tel: +44 01730 825626
Mob: +44 (0)7817 304232
Email: g.bate@flyodyssey.co.uk

AUSTRALIA BOOKINGS

Contact: James Laverty
Mob (Australia):
+61 (0)499 900816
Email: j.laverty@flyodyssey.com.au