In the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean, you’ll find the Cocos Keeling Islands –– a group of coral islands that form two atolls. A serene and relatively untouched holiday destination, this is where people go when they want to really get in touch with nature, marvel at the thousands of fish species that reside in these waters, as well as get some much needed rest and relaxation from the hustle and bustle of city life. But what really is there for you to do in this island paradise? To really get the best out of your vacation, read on to find out what things to take note of when you’re planning your holiday to the Cocos Keeling Islands.
When it comes to food options, the local restaurants offer Western or Malay cuisine. Imagine hearing the gentle lapping of waves in the background as you lounge in your beachwear, partaking in amazing cuisine as you soak up the feeling of island living. With the sun, sand, and wholesome food options, you’d be hard pressed to find something you don't love during your stay!
No matter how you prefer spending your nights on holiday, you’ll find something for everyone. Whether it’s having a chill night in with your companions, watching the sunset and walking along the shore at night and soaking up the ocean air, or even socialising at the local pub and meeting new people, your nights can be just as unique and entertaining as your days will inevitably be on the Cocos Keeling Islands.
Of course, the biggest pull of staying in this island paradise is the myriad of options at your fingertips for what to do when the sun is up. No one day will be the same. Relaxing by the beach is always a must, but if you’re after a little excitement, snorkelling and diving is the way to go! You’ll be privy to an amazing world of marine life that you’ve never seen before. And if that’s not enough, these beaches are amazing for kite-surfing, kayaking, and stand-up paddle-boarding. You’ll be sure to find kayak, surfboard, or SUP hire by the beach, no problem. Heading down to the beach for most of your holiday is not only a stellar way to spend your time, but really underlines the feel of relaxed island living.
And don’t forget, there are 27 coral islands making up the Cocos Atoll.. It’s a great idea to look into doing a guided tour to some of these islands so you can visit each one and maximise your experience. Glass-bottomed boats are available, too, for when you want to explore the turquoise waters with uninhibited views of the marine life below you.
We all know that island living is incomplete without fishing, and there are plenty of opportunities for you and your companions to sit back with a fishing line around the island. Some companies even offer deep-sea fishing, and some provide classes so you can really maximise the fishing experience –– from catching your own fish, to prepping and cooking your freshly-caught meal, you won’t lack for anything.
And if you’re feeling like you want to stay ashorefor a day or two, don’t fret! When it comes to land-based activities, there’s also something for everyone. If you like to golf, head on down to the local golf club and play against a stunning coastalbackdrop that you just can’t find anywhere else. Bike hire is also available for you and your companions, for when you’re wanting to explore the island at a leisurely pace. And don’t worry, there are no steep inclines on the island which means it’ll be a smooth ride throughout, so you can reserve your energy for the important things like swimming, fishing, and the like!
And if you love to hike, drive to Pulu Keeling National Park and immerse yourself in tropical forests and wildlife. Birdwatchers can be sure to find a great many species as they traverse through the trails, too. It’s also a great idea to take some time to explore the island and really soak up its history. You can visit Oceania House, the home of the Clunies-Ross family on Home island that is now available as an accommodation, and learn more about the history of the islands by visiting the museum.
Cocos Keeling Accommodation
There are various options for places to stay in the islands, and regardless of your requirements you’ll be sure to find the perfect Cocos Keeling Islands accommodation for you and your chosen companions. Depending on your group, you could find yourself staying at a beach cottage, bungalow, or motel that could be just a walk away from the ocean shore, or a stone’s throw away from shops and restaurants. Some accommodations are self-contained, too, which lets you stock up on necessities and food from the shops, and can be a godsend when you’re craving for your own home-cooked food during your stay.
Cocos Islands Holiday Packages
To really get the most out of your stay, it can be a good idea to look into booking a holiday package! Not only are return flights and high-quality accommodation included in your package, options are available with activities such as sightseeing, diving or fishing tours. These packages also provide car hire for the duration of your stay, so you can drive around the island and explore.
With a plethora of island activities to choose from, it can get overwhelming to decide what to do and when to do it. Broome Kimberley & Beyond’s destination specialists are experts at putting together seamless, amazing itineraries for you and your group, so you can really focus on enjoying your stay! From booking nature tours, motorised boat hire for your island hopping activities, fishing expeditions, or even deep-sea diving packages, you’ll be sure to save money whilst maximising your holiday experience. Contact us today and get started on planning your best holiday.