Whether you are visiting the Cocos Keeling Islands on a short trip or planning to stay a bit longer, read through our itineraries to learn more about what you shouldn't miss out on while staying on this beautiful island.
5 DAY ITINERARY – Starting on a Tuesday
DAY ONE – Arrive in the evening, just in time to find a place on the uncrowded beach to watch the sky turn beautiful shades of pinks and oranges as the sun goes down. Stroll over to the Tropica Restaurant for a delicious, quiet dinner.
DAY TWO – Stock up on necessities from the supermarket, then catch the midday ferry over to Home Island. Immerse yourself in the Cocos Malay culture with a guided tour, or simply explore at your own pace. Visit Oceania House - the former home of the Clunies-Ross family - or even stay a night or two in the beautifully restored Bed & Breakfast. Cocos is rich in history so make sure you pay a visit to the museum on Home Island, you can pick up the key at the Shire office, you’ll have enough time to relax and spot turtles on turtle beach before catching the ferry back to West Island.
DAY THREE – Don’t miss the morning ferry over to Direction Island! It’s picture perfect relaxation; recently awarded Australia’s best beach, pack a picnic and set yourself up for the day under a shelter. Direction Island was a vital cable station base during world war one and two, walk the historical trail and learn all about it. Make sure you set aside some time to snorkel the world renowned ‘Rip’, a haven for marine wildlife, after all of the excitement you might like to take a snooze or read a book in one of the hammocks. It’s a day you will never forget.
DAY FOUR – Be sure to book a motorised canoe tour to explore the small isolated islands at the Southern end of the atoll. Enjoy complimentary nibbles and drinks while you cruise over the sandy shallows and take in your picturesque surroundings. This is a perfect time to snap some Instagram-worthy pics and relax out in the sun. Head down to the Cocos Club that evening to mingle with the locals and brush up on your pool skills.
DAY FIVE – Wake up early and experience one of Cocos’s magical sunrises, jump on a bike and explore the endless beaches from one end of the Island to the other. There are no hills on the island, so don’t worry, it will be a cruisy ride! Then enjoy a morning coffee at Maxi’s by the Sea and daydream your way back through all of the amazing experiences you’ve had on Cocos before heading to the airport and sadly returning back home.
7 DAY ITINERARY – Starting on a Saturday
DAY ONE – Drop off your bags before venturing out to familiarise yourself with our beautiful island, pop on over to the supermarket to stock up on necessities. Further your senses of our friendly laid back island by enjoy a tasty meal at the Cocos Club ‘food night’ then have a chat with some friendly locals over a cold drink from the bar and a game of pool or ping pong, there’s a few local pool sharks, see if you can beat them!
DAY TWO – The shop is closed and there are no ferries running today so you may as well make the most of a bike ride around West Island after a coffee and Sunday breakfast at Maxis by the Sea. Familiarise yourself with the many pristine beaches scattered along the 12 kilometres of coastline. Throw out a line and test your luck at fishing, you might catch yourself a couple of nights’ worth of dinner! Cook up a storm on the outdoor barbeque at Trannies Beach.
DAY THREE – Embark on a guided motorised canoe journey, winding through many of the islands at the south-end of the atoll, and snorkelling in lively protected rock pools. Wind down in the afternoon at the Yacht club with a couple of sunset drinks, if its trade wind season, you might see some kite surfers breezing around the lagoon.
DAY FOUR – Drop by the Visitors Centre to grab some souvenirs and chat to our friendly team, update yourself on upcoming events, then enjoy an authentic cultural cooking experience at the local school, including a range of traditional Cocos Malay dishes (pre-booking necessary).
DAY FIVE - Catch the morning ferry over to Home Island. Join a tour taking in the unique Cocos Malay culture, or visit Oceania House - the former Clunies-Ross residence and now a beautiful bed & breakfast. Wander through the Home Island Museum and learn more about the Cocos Malay history on the island - should the museum be closed, a key is available from the Shire office.
DAY SIX - Back on the morning ferry again, this time to Direction Island, recently crowned the #1 beach in Australia! Be sure to pack a picnic lunch and refreshments. Swim, snorkel 'the Rip', lie in a palm tree-suspended hammock, explore the many palm surrounded tracks through the island interior, or just relax with a book. Arrive back on West Island and head down to the Golf Club for a social afternoon of ‘Scroungers’ golf!
DAY SEVEN - Join one of the many day tours or hire a kayak or standup paddle board and explore the southern end of the lagoon or book a scuba dive and meet 'Kat' the dugong. Join the locals for a drink and some colourful stories at the Cocos Club after enjoying fish n chips from the Flying Fish Café for dinner.
DAY EIGHT – Say good-bye to your new found friends and start planning your next visit on your flight home or step off the plane on Christmas Island and extend your holiday while exploring our neighbouring island!
Weather & Tides
Weather & Tides
On your visit to our tropical Island you can expect warm days and balmy evening all year round. The islands experience two main seasons: trade-wind and doldrums.