Cocos (Keeling) Islands add-on Bird & Nature Week 2022

Discover the pristine turquoise waters surrounding the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. With spectacular corals and beautiful marine life, there are lots of water-based activities included on your itinerary to really experience the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

AT A GLANCE

Dates6–9 September 2022, add-on to Bird & Nature Week
Activity levelModerate
Duration3 days, 3 nights
PricesFrom $1,200* per person twin share
Single supplements on request

*purchased only as an add-on to Bird & Nature Week 2022
Group sizeMinimum 10, maximum 22 guests
Featuring regionsCocos (Keeling) Islands, Indian Ocean

WHAT TO EXPECT

With spectacular corals and beautiful marine life, this 3-night add-on package to Cocos (Keeling) Islands offers its visitors plenty of water-based opportunities to enjoy. Travel by ferry across pristine turquoise waters, cruise on a motorised canoe safari adventure, snorkel and swim among diverse marine life. Explore Home Island and learn about the fascinating history of Cocos. Soak up the sun on Direction Island and relax on the endless coconut-lined, soft, sandy white beaches. Cocos – do as much or as little as you like, this is your time!

Cocos (Keeling) Islands – Trip Highlights

  • Marvel at the pristine waters of Cocos (Keeling) Islands and immerse yourself in the plentiful water-based activities on offer.
  • Explore Home Island and delve into the fascinating history of Cocos and learn about the local culture and tradition.
  • Experience some of the most remote and beautiful parts of the atoll that is the Cocos (Keeling) Islands on a comfortable motorised canoe safari.
  • Visit picture-perfect tropical Direction Island offering exquisite white sandy beaches and diverse marine life.

ITINERARY

6 September: Welcome to Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Arrive to Cocos and settle into your hotel. This evening, enjoy dinner at Saltmakers restaurant.

Overnight: Cocos Beach Motel, ocean view room

Dinner provided.

7 September: Home Island & Canoe Safari

Take an early ferry to Home Island where you will enjoy a delicious breakfast on the foreshore of Home Island. After breakfast, the group will be split into two to allow the use of buggies to explore Home Island. One group will walk to visit the Home Island Visitor Centre & Museum and delve into the fascinating history of Cocos where you can read about the local culture and tradition, the abundant flora and fauna, Australian naval history, and the early owners of the Cocos Keeling Islands – The Clunies-Ross family. Stroll through the calophyllum palm jungle and explore the gardens of Oceania House. The second group will visit the picturesque cemetery located towards the north of the island from where you can also enjoy the amazing views of Prison Island and Direction Island. Groups will then swap activities.

Afterwards, depart on the ferry to West Island and visit the Big Barge Art Centre for morning tea. There will be time to return to your accommodation to change into your swimmers for your Cocos Island canoe safari where you will experience some of the most remote and beautiful parts of the atoll that is the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Enjoy the shallow, pristine, aqua landscape as you comfortably explore on motorised canoes the southern part of the lagoon, island hopping and snorkelling your way through paradise. Lunch will be served at a remote island location. You’ll be full of good food, good company and good cheer after an experience you will be hard pressed to find anywhere else in the world!

Return to West Island in time to change for dinner at Tropika restaurant.

Overnight: Cocos Beach Motel, ocean view room

Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.

8 September: Exploring the Islands

An early-morning pick-up from your accommodation to board your ferry to Direction Island. Breakfast and lunch will be served on the Island today. Here you can enjoy time to relax, swim, safely snorkel among diverse marine life including colourful fish, including huge wrasse and parrotfish, untouched corals, and inquisitive reef sharks, and take leisurely historical walks to explore the beauty and nature of this magical place.

This afternoon board your return ferry to West Island where you will have the option (at own expense) to play golf across international runway.

Farewell dinner this evening at Saltmakers restaurant.

Overnight: Cocos Beach Motel, ocean view room

Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.

9 September: Departure

Check out of your accommodation this morning and enjoy your final breakfast in paradise.

Transfer to the airport and check in for your flight. There will be time for last-minute shopping and farewelling new friends.

Breakfast provided.

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Return airfares ex-Christmas Island to Cocos (Keeling) Island
  • 3 nights accommodation at Cocos Beach Motel, Ocean View room
  • Guided touring as per itinerary
  • Motorised canoe safari tour
  • Ferry transfers
  • Daily breakfast, dinner
  • 2 x lunches
  • Applicable taxes.

COSTS DO NOT INCLUDE:

  • Domestic or international airfares other than specified
  • Pre- or post-tour accommodation
  • Guide services other than specified
  • Meals/beverages other than specified
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Optional tours/services.

COVID-19

Until further notice: from 1 October 2021 we will require that all participants on our tours must be fully vaccinated with a Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved vaccine against COVID-19 with the final dose administered no later than two weeks prior to departure. See terms and conditions for more details.

CONTACT US

Want to know more or register your interest ?

Send us an email to travel@australiangeographic.com or call 1300 241 141.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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