The strategically placed Cocos Islands, sometime called the Keeling Islands, are a stunning destination for holiday makers and history buffs. There are 27 islands in total, situated 2750 km north west of Perth. The islands sit off the coast of Western Australia with flights leaving from Perth and arriving via Christmas Island.
Only two of the atolls are inhabited and on these you will find comfortable, well rated Cocos Island hotels and accommodation. The accommodation on Cocos, (Keeling) Islands offers a wide range of choices. For more luxurious accommodation you have the heritage style Oceania House, home to the original Clunes-Ross family. Cocos Islands also offers apartments, lodges and individual homes available for short stays. All accommodation is close to the sparkling, pristine beaches and boasts many amenities that add to the enjoyment of being on a truly unspoilt tropical island.
The Cocos Castaway is very popular Cocos Island hotel option. Minutes from the tropical beach it is perfect for a holiday of fishing, canoeing, snorkelling and swimming. There are a variety of room sizes, all with verandas and sea views, as well as the use of free bicycles.
The population of Cocos Island is around 600 people, who speak a Malay dialect as their first language. Many of the residents descend from the original Scottish owner of the islands, his crew of sailors and 40 Malay women. The women were brought to the island with another claimant to the island, Alexander Hare, but soon succumbed to the charm of the interloping sailors.
The islands were the site of the one of the first naval battles of World War I, the Battle of Cocos on 9th November 1914. The Australian Navy and German cruiser SMS Embden did battle, with the Australians taking victory. The Cocos Island and near neighbour Christmas Island were also strategically important during WWII thanks to a telegraph cable station that was established on Direction Island in 1901 with undersea cables heading to Rodrigues, Mauritius Batavia, Java and Fremantle, Western Australia. In 1910 a wireless station was established to communicate with passing ships. The cable station ceased operation in 1966.
The friendly and welcoming accommodation hosts on Cocos Island are only part of a fantastic stay. You can hike, snorkel and dive to your hearts content while enjoying the privilege of being in in this untouched paradise. The bejewelled blue ocean is home to Manta rays, dolphins, reef sharks, turtles, dugongs and colourful corals. A ferry travels to the uninhabited Direction Island for day trips, and there is also the option of a motorised canoe tour around the southern half of the atoll. The lush tropical forest offers scenic, relaxing walks, and the pristine soft white sand is endless. The local gold club is also welcoming to all. Your holiday accommodation is set right next to the beach, so you rarely need a car.
Contact your local travel agent at Broome, Kimberley and Beyond to book your trip to the Cocos Island for the experience of a tropical island that is still truly a paradise.