West Island

West Island is an ideal size to explore by pushbike or, for the less energetic, by hire vehicle. There's plenty to do: Take a plunge into the turquoise Indian Ocean at Trannies Beach, one of the island's most popular swimming beaches or journey out to the ‘Old Jetty’ and feed hungry giant trevally and reef sharks from the safety of the pier. The Old Jetty is also a great place to spot turtles and even manta rays like to laze around in the shallow waters around the jetty.

 

Marvel at the dense palm tree jungle, home to a large array of bird species on your way to the southern end of the island. Treat yourself to a fascinating reef walk from Scout Park to Pulu Maraya, a little uninhabited island where you’ll find a lively rockpool, peek under the ledges to see some sneaky hidden fish and turtles.

 

Pack some refreshments and head to the Yacht Club for a picnic, or just laze around in the crystal clear water at high tide. Hire a Stand-up Paddle board or kayak to explore the lagoon and to chase some fish and turtles.

 

During the Trade Wind season from July to October, kite beach is home to kitesurfers and windsurfers from around the world. The Yacht Club is an ideal place to watch these exciting water sports without getting to close to the action, unless of course you want to try it for yourself!

 

Don’t forget to visit the Big Barge Art Centre and local artist Emma’s wonderful floatsam and art creations. On your way, stop at the Cocos farm to say hello to the ducks.

 

For all the keen surfers out there; Whether you’re a complete amateur or a seasoned professional, our local surf spots will cater for you. Just make sure you check with a local about the weather conditions beforehand! A tide chart can also be obtained from the Community Resource Centre located behind the West Island airport.

 

Order a coffee and delicious meal at Maxi's By The Sea Café during the day. Enjoy locally caught fish from the Flying Fish Café before heading down to the Club in the evening to share stories with locals over a game of pool and an ice-cold beverage.

 

The notice board on the side of the Club is updated daily with local events if you want to get involved, and you can always drop by the Visitor Centre and our friendly staff can answer any questions you might have.