Christmas IslandIf you have ever heard of flats fishing and bonefish, then you have heard of Christmas Island, (Kiribati pronounced like Kiri-bas) the world’s largest coral atoll and paradise for both beginners and seasoned saltwater anglers the world over.
Christmas Island is a virtual paradise for stalking bonefish. Having almost single-handedly brought the sport of fly-fishing for bonefish into the public consciousness, Christmas Island remains one of the best destinations in the world for both beginning and advanced saltwater anglers alike. The reasons for this are many. First, the Island’s vast hard sand flats enable anglers to wade fish all day in relative solitude. Second, the flats hold great numbers of bonefish that cruise in shallow water, providing anglers with constant opportunities or “shots” throughout their visit. And last, but certainly not least, the atoll’s proximity to the equator (less than 200 miles) has blessed Christmas Island with consistently good weather, which enables a quality fishing experience year round. While the majority of the island’s bonefish average 2-4 pounds, fish in the 5-10 pound class are always a real possibility as are several species of trevally.
We offer two options for accommodations on the island. The Villages and Christmas Island Outfitters.
Christmas Island Outfitters is a small operation taking a maximum of eight anglers per week. The lodge is located halfway between the airport and London on a secluded section of beach.
Accommodations consist of four private bungalows that sleep two anglers each. The bungalows are simple and clean with ample room. Each is equipped with linoleum tile floors, windows with screens, ceiling fans, bath and shower (tile floors can be slippery so watch your first step!), refrigerator, and table with chairs. Meals are a simple combination of island and western fare guaranteed to satisfy the appetite of hungry anglers.
A sample itinerary looks like this:
- Day 1: Arrive Honolulu and overnight.
- Day 2 (Tuesday): In the morning fly from Honolulu to Christmas Island.
- Days 3-8: Six full days of fishing.
- Day 9 (Tuesday): Fly from Christmas Island to Honolulu and overnight or fly home.
Transportation to and from the vast flats of Christmas Island is via truck and outrigger. Both are equipped with bench seats, canopies, and rod holders. During 6 day fishing week each angler will reach the flats 2 days by truck and 4 days by outrigger. When the lodge is full the group is divided and alternate days on the truck and outrigger.
The Villages is limited to 12 guests. The pleasant air-conditioned bungalows, each with private baths, comfortable beds and porches with views of the beach, will be your home for the week. The main building lies in the heart of the complex, with the dining room, meeting area and reception desk offering a very comfortable south seas atmosphere. Guests return each evening after fishing to appetizers and fishing stories and to plan the next days’ adventure. The lodge chef prepares delicious dinners combining south seas cuisine and American dishes. A full hot breakfast is served each morning before fishing and guests prepare a sandwich lunch of their choice from a small buffet to be put in their cooler each day. Meal schedules can vary with tide phases, if necessary, to keep fishermen on the water during the best times of day. The Villages was built and is owned by a nearby community in the Village of Tabwakea. They have taken great pride in providing high quality accommodations on Christmas Island.
The head guide will schedule the daily fishing according to the tide, water, sun position and weather conditions. Each day anglers will leave from the beach in their assigned skiff with their guides and boatman.
Getting ThereAir Pacific, the airline of Fiji, flies every Tuesday between Honolulu and Christmas Island. The flight is surprisingly nice, the seats are comfortable and you are served a full meal with a movie on board for the three hour flight.
It will be necessary for you to overnight in Honolulu the night before your trip to Christmas Island. You have the choice of staying at an airport hotel with free shuttles or you can stay out at Waikiki. On the return trip, you can either overnight again in Honolulu or continue on home.
*Travel insurance is strongly recommended because of the remote location and extremely high cost that you would incur if you needed medical evacuation. The plane only flies out once a week. Angler’s Passport can help you acquire this insurance for peace of mind.