Cocos (Keeling) Islands is an Australian territory in the Indian Ocean with a population of just 544 according to the latest number on Wikipedia. After visiting Australia’s other territory in the Indian Ocean, Christmas Island, I expected something similar, but I must say Cocos (Keeling) Islands was a completely different experience. My experience started at the airport on West Island before taking the public boat to Home Island, where I stayed for four nights at the historical Oceania House. It was built by George Clunies-Ross around 1887 according to their website. Avril is a friendly host that helped me a lot making my visit special. Home Island is home to the Cocos Malays people whose first language is a dialect of Malay. To me, Home Island didn’t feel like I was in Australia, but instead more like I was in a different destination and that is another reason why the Travelers’ Century Club’s list of countries and territories to me is a great idea.
On Thursday of my visit, I took the public boat out to the uninhabited island of Direction Island. A stunningly beautiful island that is one of the most beautiful islands I’ve seen with an amazing, long, white sandy beach. Photos are below besides the one above. It’s certainly one of my new favourite islands in the world and the highlight of my visit to the uniquely Cocos (Keeling) Islands.
Flights from Perth or Christmas Island with Virgin Australia
For more information, the tourist board’s website can be found at https://www.cocoskeelingislands.com.au/