Putting Christmas Island to words is a bit like catching the proverbial moonbeam in a bottle; it's difficult to do justice to the island's magnificent fishery and to capture the kaleidoscope of experiences. Christmas Island has become one of single most reliable year-round destination for bonefishing. Fishing is only part of this Pacific travel adventure. No matter what you've heard or read about Christmas Island, it remains a unique experience. It's still fresh and unpressured. If you like light-tackle action in a marvelous warm-weather climate, this is the place to find it -- plus, it's still a genuine value in today's fishing world.

Christmas Island offers some of the best bonefishing in the world, with vast numbers of fish, and some very big ones, on easily waded, clean, hard, white sand flats. Experienced flats anglers will often average 10 or 15 bones a day, with a 20-plus fish day possible anytime. And while most of these will average about 3-4 pounds, several could be in the 6- to 9-pound range. Trophy bones are always possible. We've had numerous reports of weighed and measured 10-14 pounders and even larger fish that have been spotted, hooked and lost.

On the six-day fishing package there will be three days where you access the fishing by boat and three days where you access the fishing by truck. The Captain Cook Hotel uses large native-style outrigger canoes to reach the interior lagoon flats that are only accessible by boat. To meet the canoes you will travel by truck or van to London village, about 25 minutes from the hotel. The canoes are your "mothership" for lunch, cold drinks and a place to rest with a broad canopy providing shade from the sun. They should be viewed as a means of transportation only-they cannot navigate the shallow flats. Upon arrival at the chosen flat, anglers will get out and wade, and a boatman will follow.

Most of the good fishing is accessible by road. Islanders call this method of reaching the flats "shore fishing." Driven by small pickup truck, you can fish popular areas like Little Plantation, Lone Palm Flat, the Bathing Lagoon, Y Site, the Poland 9-Mile Flat, the various Fry Sites within the lagoon complex, the M Site and the Korean Wreck on the southwest coast. The trucks have simple rod holders, so you can "tackle up" at the hotel or when you reach your destination. The roads are surprisingly good over most of the island and, depending on where you're going, driving time may be as little as 10 minutes-the longest, 1½ hours.
Virtually all of the bonefishing is by wading. Ninety percent of the flats are either white or yellowish sand, coral marl and in a few cases, coral shelves that can be brownish in color. There is little or no grass on any of the flats-they are clean and most of them offer very firm wading. However, there are some soft areas that are usually limited in size but generally should be avoided. Before exploring a flat, ask your guide to point out any soft areas of which he's aware.

More and more anglers are adding to the daily excitement with three different kinds of trevally - giant (to 100 pounds-plus), blue (to 15 pounds), and striped (to 20 pounds and more) - that are taken with fly, baitcasting or spinning tackle on the flats while bonefishing and also along the lagoon edges and in the surf. Trevally (a kind of jack) are awesomely strong fish that strike savagely at or near the surface. Some fly fishers are going with hopes of breaking IGFA line class records for these amazing fish.

Please Note: Your fishing time of eight hours per day will begin when you arrive at the first flat and end eight hours later (or earlier at your request) when you depart for the hotel.
Accommodations during your Christmas Island stay will be at the Captain Cook Hotel. The Captain Cook Hotel is convenient to the island's jetport, is operated by an English-speaking staff, and is nestled within sight and earshot of the island's barrier reef. The hotel's 24 modern, simple but pleasantly decorated rooms offer air conditioning. They are all on one floor and open onto a courtyard facing the beach. Each room has a small refrigerator and private bathroom, which includes a stall shower heated by solar energy. There are also attractive, thatch-roofed cottages situated along the beach. The dining will include ample portions of a variety of hearty meals as well as some exotic dishes and fresh seafoods. Meats and vegetables are flown in from Hawaii, so there's no concern about stomach disorders. Groups are treated to a weekly outdoor luau, featuring fresh lobsters and complete with traditional native singing and dancing. The comfortable Frigate Bar in the hotel or the open-air Maneaba on the beach is where the gang usually gathers each evening to spin yarns of record bonefish that got away or the ravages of imposing trevally. Both are always well-stocked, there's plenty of ice, and the informal atmosphere couldn't be better.

Want more time in Hawaii, before or after the fishing week? We would be glad to make recommendations and all arrangements for touring, golf, tennis, beachcombing or whatever you'd like on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Hawaii (the Big Island) or out islands. Call Angler Adventures for a customized proposal. We can also answer your questions regarding travel insurance, flight schedules and en route reservations.

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Included: Meals and accommodations at the Captain Cook Hotel; packed lunch on fishing days; meeting on arrival with assistance through customs and immigration; transfers airport-hotel-airport, including baggage handling; transportation to and from the fishing areas; six days of guided fishing, and entertainment as outlined in the itinerary.

Not Included: Economy round-trip air fare Honolulu-Christmas Island; round-trip airfare to Honolulu; all alcoholic beverages and soft drinks; gratuities; Fishing license ($50) payable in cash upon arrival, Lagoon tax ($50), and departure tax ($20) ,surcharge if vehicle or boat rental other than that specified in package; visit to Bird Island; offshore boat charter; baggage overweight charges levied by airline; overtime wages for guide and boat rental if retained more than eight hours per day; extra guide charges; meals and accommodations in Hawaii; items of a personal nature.



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