Cheap flights from Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Cocos Islands, also known as Keeling Islands, is a territory of Australia in the Indian Ocean officially called the Territory of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. It is located southwest of Christmas Island and is roughly midway between mainland Australia and Sri Lanka. The territory encompasses two atolls and 27 coral islands. The two atolls are flat and low-lying coral atolls with an area of 14.2 square kilometres. The capital of the territory is West Island, but the largest settlement is the village of Bantam on Home Island.

Where to go

The Big Barge Art Centre - The Big Barge Art Centre is an art gallery that aims to foster all areas of art and culture and community art practice within the islands. The centre officially opened in 2009 and features local art that are for display and for sale. On its spacious 2,000 square metre ocean front location, the centre also offers art courses and creative workshops throughout the year. The Big Barge Art Centre is also available as venue for rent for business and private functions, music festivals, and other events.

Diving in Cocos Islands - Cocos Islands has some of the best diving conditions, with pristine waters and maximum visibility in excess of 25 metres. The islands have at least 20 uncrowded dive sites with abundant marine life. Snorkelling is also a popular activity in the islands, as well as swimming and other water sports like fishing, wind-surfing, kite-surfing, and surfing.

Cook Island Christian Church - The Cook Island Christian Church, shortened to CICC, was built in 1853. There is service every Sunday, but the church is still worth a visit any day. There is a monument to the pioneering Polynesian missionary, Papeiha, at the front, and an interesting graveyard around the church. It is also the final resting place of the first prime minister of the independent Cook Islands, Albert Henry, with a life-size bust of him.

Beachcomber Gallery - The Beachcomber Gallery contains collections of arts and crafts, with displays of carvings, pearls, craftwork, jewellery, and paintings that were locally made. Behind the gallery is a workshop where you can sometimes see how black-pearl jewellery and shell carvings are created.

From Cocos Islands, travellers can catch direct flights to Christmas Island or Perth. Christmas Island offers more diving opportunities and even more sea-based activities, including witnessing endangered sea turtles laying their eggs, whale shark watching, and viewing the famous Christmas Island Red Crab Migration. Perth offers a combination of big-city attractions with a more laid-back setting. Perth also has several cultural establishments, as well as family-friendly theme parks and national parks.

There are no direct long haul flights from the primary airport of Cocos Islands. There are, however, flights to Perth Airport, from where a traveller can book a flight to Kuala Lumpur, Mauritius, Auckland, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Abu Dhabi, Jakarta, Singapore, Kota Kinabalu, Doha, Johannesburg, and Bangkok.

How to get out

The way out of Cocos Islands is through Cocos (Keeling) Islands Airport, located on West Island. The small airport is served by Virgin Australia, and operates regular scheduled flights to Christmas Island Airport (on the Australian territory Christmas Island) and Perth Airport (in the capital of Western Australia).

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