• Lisa Preston

A "Boy's Own" Adventure ...

Updated: Mar 26, 2019

A number of years ago, when the Christmas Island Resort Casino was still a going concern, my sister lived on the island. As with most folks, the island got under her skin and she has embraced any chance to visit the island. An opportunity arose in January this year to return for 11 days, bringing her 2 young boys. I'll let her tell you about her experience.....

'It has been 9 years since my return to Christmas Island, this time with my two boys aged 5 and 7 years old. The island, just as I had remembered it, lush green rainforest, relaxed living style, community minded, multicultural and beautiful clear water coastlines great for snorkelling.

Climbing inside the 'Grandfather tree' at The Blowholes

I wasn’t sure how to keep my two young lads occupied or even interested on the trip (growing up in a bustling city glued to technology) but the natural surroundings, wildlife, trips to the jungle, snorkelling, swimming and places to see took care of it for me. They were enamoured with the wildlife, thrilled at the 4WD trekking to get to places, perfectly at home in the snorkelling beaches full of colourful fish, eels and the many assorted crabs.

Dipping at the Waterfall

I wasn’t sure how to keep my two young lads occupied or even interested on the trip (growing up in a bustling city glued to technology) but the natural surroundings, wildlife, trips to the jungle, snorkelling, swimming and places to see took care of it for me. They were enamoured with the wildlife, thrilled at the 4WD trekking to get to places, perfectly at home in the snorkelling beaches full of colourful fish, eels and the many assorted crabs.

They were fascinated with the blow holes, loved exploring the jungle on the walk out to the waterfall and made great local friends in their time there.


Learning to snorkel for the first time at Ethel Beach

I was excited to see them explore things for the first time and it took me back to my first time on the island nearly 20 years ago.

Some restaurants have changed, some have gone, but the atmosphere of the Chinese/Malaysian food and culture remains with temples to explore and on occasion the singing of the prayers from the mosque down in the Kampong. Some great cuisine accompanied by the ever popular iced milo’s were a hit!'

Whilst families don't make up many of our tourism visitors, any who do make the journey feel that it has been a worthwhile investment to bring their children to the island to experience nature in all it's raw beauty and immerse themselves in an embracing multi-cultural community. Contact Indian Ocean Experiences if you would like package options. Why not also include a visit to our neighbour - the Cocos Keeling Islands? www.indianoceanexperiences.com.au

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