Christmas Island Free and Easy, ex-Jakarta

Christmas IslandActive, Birding, Culture, Family, Nature

Christmas Island is most commonly known for the annual Red Crab Migration and the spawning of these land crabs after the first rains in November/December each year.

Whale Sharks also appear at this time feeding on plankton and the baby red crab larvae.

Christmas Island is also World Heritage Listed for its Fresh Water Mangrove Swamp and has an amazing 35 Endemic Species. Bird Watching and Private Bird Tours are a common interest for visitors, with many different types of Nature Walks and Adventure Tours to choose from, no wonder Christmas Island is known as the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean and a Natural Wonder of the World.

The rugged cliff faces provide excellent snorkeling and rock pools to explore, while Green Turtles and rare Hawksbill Turtles can be seen on occasion on the beach or while snorkeling or diving.

This Christmas island Escapade (free & easy) package includes return airfare between Jakarta and Christmas Island and 7 nights' accommodation on the island.

» Dive packages can be found at 8D7N Dive Christmas Island ex-Jakarta 

8 Days
From SGD 1,521Per Person

Suggested Itinerary

Arrive Christmas Island and transfer to your accommodation.

Saturday is movie night so finish the day with a movie under the stars!

Morning
Drive to Territory Day Park and complete the Territory Day Park Nature Trail, possibly extending your walk to include the Smith Point Nature Trail.

Afternoon
Immerse yourself in the cool waters of the Grotto and visit Mar Chor Nui Nui Temple, then finish the afternoon with a snorkel and barbeque at Flying Fish Cove.

Full day
Pack a picnic lunch, then drive to Greta and Dolly Beaches, enjoying the trek through the rainforest to Dolly Beach. Return via stunning Margaret Knoll for birdwatching.

Remember to bring your binoculars and camera.

Morning: Drive to Lily Beach, and stroll along the boardwalk to Ethel Beach. Take your swimmers and enjoy a paddle in the shallows.

Afternoon: Drive to Southpoint, taking in the historic railway station, temple and stay to watch the sunset.

Return to town to grab a romantic dinner at one of the restaurants.

Morning
Enjoy some birdwatching from the Golf Course Lookout, adding to your already growing list of sightings.

Afternoon
Drive to the Dales and walk to Anderson's Dale, via beautiful Hugh's Dale.

Full day: Pack a hearty picnic lunch, then drive to Winifred Beach (tide dependent) or West White Beach, and take time to walk the nature trail to the coast. Depending on sea conditions, enjoy a leisurely snorkel at either Winifred or West White Beach.

Morning: Go for a guided 2-tank dive excursion in the pristine waters around Christmas Island. Visit Thundercliff Cave or dive the many beautiful walls. Go "whaleshark hunting" in the wet season!

Whole morning at your own leisure until your departure flight for Jakarta.

Optional Experiences

*Christmas Island Orientation Tour

Visit the township area, highlighting the history and culture, whilst giving you an orientation of the different settled areas on the island, their places of interest and also locations for shopping and eating.

  • Attractions ~ The Settlement, Poon Saan, Silver City, Drumsite, The Grotto, Tai Jin House
  • Fitness Level Basic ~ Minimal leisurely walking
  • Duration ~ 2 hours
  • Schedule ~ Generally on days flights if arriving early enough, or the following morning
  • Price
    • AUD $50 per adult,
    • AUD $30 per child, infants free

* This tour is best booked for the morning after arrival at the island.


Christmas Island Nature

Meander through pristine natural rainforest during our visit to The Dales. Freshwater springs, a RAMSAR wetland set in a unique geographical environment on the island. View close up several of our islands famous crab species. We then visit The Blowholes to witness nature’s ocean forces and onto Margaret Knoll, to view across the Eastern side of the island and glimpse many of the islands’ endemic birds in flight.

  • Attractions ~ The Dales, Hugh Dale Waterfall, Martin Point, Blow Holes, Jacks Hill
  • Fitness Level ~ Moderate (2 hours of walking)
  • Duration ~ 3½ to 4 hours
  • Schedule ~ 09.00am or 02.00pm
  • Price @AUD $95 per person
  • Min. 02 persons; single person surcharge applies

Panoramic Bird Tour

First we visit Golf Course lookout with stunning views across part of the eastern side of the island. On our eye-level experiences with many of the island's bird species, learn more about their unique biology and behaviour and why they call Christmas Island home. We then visit Lily Beach for our break, whilst watching more bird action and then on to Ethel Beach. Then it's off to the top terrace to view Abbotts Booby birds in their nesting habitat.

  • Attractions ~ The Settlement, Golf Course Lookout, Murray Road, Ethel & Lily Beaches
  • Fitness ~ Good mobility & stability required
  • Duration ~ 3½ to 4 hours
  • Schedule ~ 09.00am and 02.00pm
  • Price @AUD $95 per person
  • Min. 02 persons; single person surcharge applies

Dolly & Greta Beach Walking Tour

We venture to the lower terraces of the Eastern side of the island. A 40-minute ramble through the jungle delivers us to our white, sandy, castaway beach. We rest here for a swim and refreshments and then head back along the same track to Greta Beach. We grab a bag to remove some of the flotsam from the beach, whilst combing for unusual treasures the tide has bought in.

  • Attractions ~ Dolly Beach, Greta Beach, robber crabs, blue crabs
  • Fitness ~ Good mobility required, lengthy walking required
  • Duration ~ 4 hours
  • Schedule ~ Departures at 08.30am and 02.00pm
  • Price @AUD $95 per person
  • Min. 02 persons; single person surcharge applies

**Red Crab Spawning Tour

We rise before dawn and head down to Ethel Beach. Watch in awe as thousands of red crabs congregate along the shoreline waiting for the perfect moment to release their larvae into the ocean. Relax, enjoy the moment being amongst one of the most spectacular animal migrations on the planet. We then have a light breakfast before walking back to the car and transferring back to town.

We start at 03.30am for this tour.

  • Duration ~ 3½ hours
  • Schedule ~ 03.30 – 07.30
  • Places ~ Varies – dependent on the season
  • Fitness ~ Moderate
  • Price @AUD $95 per person
  • Min. 02 persons, max. 06 persons; single person surcharge applies

** This tour only operates on the predicted spawning dates for the red crabs. It is not possible to operate at other times.

All other tours do include opportunities to view and photograph red crabs, but possibly not whilst migrating.


Private Charter at AUD $130 per hour (minimum 03 hours)

Privately guided touring by an experienced local guide for a maximum of 04 persons.

Tour Cost

Price per person in SGD dollars

8D7N Christmas Island Escapade

Valid from Apr 01 to Oct 31, 2017
VQ3 Lodge            TWN                        SGL           
Standard Room15212118
Superior Room15592195
Sunset LodgeTWNSGL
Standard Room15982272
Ocean-view Room16362349
Superior Ocean-view Room16752426
Cocos Padang Lodge
One/Two/Three Bedroom units available on request
Captain's Last ResortTWNSGL
Self-contained Cottage16752426
Mango Tree LodgeTWNSGL
Standard Room (115, 116)15782234
Superior Room (111 - 114)16362349
Business Suites (211 - 214)16942465
Tour price includes all airport and related taxes ex-Jakarta. These taxes are subject to change by the airline with little or no notice until the air tickets have been issued.
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Vehicle rental

Min. 03 consecutive days rental is required; max. 4 persons per vehicle.

  • SGD $75 per day - 4WD

Other combinations and variations of accommodations, diving, car hire and touring options are available on request.

Inclusions

  • Return airfare (chartered flights on Garuda Indonesia aircraft) between Jakarta & Christmas Island every Saturday.
  • 07 nights in choice of twin-share accommodation on Christmas Island.
  • For Divers Only
    • 10 guided day boat dives over 05 diving days with an experienced dive guide from Extra Divers. Please check with us for the cost of additional dives.
    • Air tanks, weight belts with weights

Exclusions

  • Australia Visa; please check with us for ETA online application.
  • All meals on Christmas Island
  • Vehicle rental ~ strongly recommended to get around the island for sightseeing, getting your meals, etc.; there is no public transportation of the island.
  • Personal expenditure such as phone calls, internet access, laundry, etc.
  • Dive equipment rental for divers.
  • Other optional tours not specifically included under "Inclusions"
  • Travel insurance (dive insurance for divers) ~ strongly recommended.

Trip Dates

  • 8-day trip departs every Saturday from Jakarta to Christmas Island. The return flights turn around on the same day.

Flight Schedules, ex-Jakarta

Please note that flight schedules are subject to change by the airline at little or no notice.

From Oct 01, 2017 - Mar 31, 2018
• SAT GA7000 CGK/XCH 13.40/15.00
• SAT GA7010 XCH/CGK 15.40/17.05

Checked Baggage Allowance

  • Business
    • 2 pieces checked baggage up to 30kg per adult and child
  • Economy
    • 1 piece checked baggage up to 20kg per adult and child
  • Cabin baggage
    • 7kg per adult and child
  • Pre-purchase baggage - Maximum 15kg each way
    • 5kg one way @ AUD 30 (0 bag)
    • 10kg one way @ AUD 60 (1 bag)
    • 15kg one way @ AUD 90 (1 bag)
  • Additional weight available at airport check-in
    • AUD 10 per kg
  • Dive Equipment
    • Maximum 10kg @ AUD $60 (1 bag, must be pre-booked)
  • Fishing rods
    • May be pre-purchased, and items must be contained and protected in VC cylinder with screw ends
  • Surfboards are not allowed

Other Notes

Visa on Arrival in Jakarta

  • USD $25 visa fee valid for 30 days at Jakarta Airport, valid for 61 nationalities
  • Indonesia Visa is not required for Singapore/Malaysian/Thailand/Filipino passport holders
  • All passengers must have a valid Indonesian visa for continuing to a 3rd country or a domestic route.
  • For more information on Indonesian Visa and Immigration/Customs, please visit http://www.embassyofindonesia.org

Australian Visa

  • For all visitors to Christmas Island - a valid Australian Visa is required before check-in

Passports

  • Passport must have at least 6 months validity from date of arrival in Indonesia and must contains one (1) blank page.

Passenger Service Charge

  • Indonesia airport tax of IDR200,000 (local currency only) for international travel to be paid upon check in

 

Booking Terms & Conditions

Tour Cost

  • Tour Cost is for per person, and payable in SGD dollars

Deposit

  • Deposit of SGD $500 per person is required to initiate reservations
  • Deposit becomes non-refundable once the flights and accommodation are confirmed.
  • The ticketing deadline for your air tickets will be advised at this time.

Payment of airfare and airport taxes

  • The airfare together all airport taxes must be paid before the ticketing deadline.

Balance payment

  • The balance payment (Tour Cost less paid Deposit and airfare/taxes) must be made at least 45 days before arrival on Christmas Island.

Tour departing within 45 days

  • If your tour departs in less than 45 days, full payment will be required at the time of booking.

Charter Flight Penalties (after ticketing)

Cancellation of flights

  • SGD $200 per sector per person

No-show

  • Strictly NO refund for "no shows".

Flight date amendment fee

  • SGD $75 per change per person, subject to availability of seats

Name change

  • Strictly NOT permitted

Land Cost Cancellation Fees

  • All cancellations must be made in writing to Cango Travel at info@cango.travel.
  • Cancellation fee (as a percentage of cost) will depend on when the cancellation notice is received by Cango Travel, relative to your arrival on Christmas Island

Accommodation

  • 50% cancellation fee if notice is received 31 to 45 days before arrival
  • 100% cancellation fee if notice is received less than 31 days before arrival

Scuba diving

  • 50% cancellation fee if notice is received 16 to 30 days before arrival
  • 100% cancellation fee if notice is received less than 16 days before arrival

Land tours

  • 100% cancellation fee if notice is received less than 16 days before arrival

Car rental

  • 100% cancellation fee if notice is received less than 16 days before arrival

Cango Travel

  • SGD $200 administrative fee per booking will be levied to facilitate all cancellations and to process the refunds.
  • This fee will be deducted from monies, accumulated from the stipulated refunds from the airline and service providers, before returning the balance to the client.
  • All bank fees incurred, and any exchange rate losses (or gains) will be charged to the client.
  • Please note that refunds can take up to six (6) months.