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Flying Fish Cove,Christmas Island WA
Off the West Coast of Australia in the Indian Ocean, Christmas Island is a world of its own; abundant in nature, small in size and geographically isolated from the Australian mainland. Home to 1,403 residents, Christmas Island embraces its multicultural population, celebrating a number of religious and cultural festivals throughout the year. Perhaps Christmas Island's most well known wonder, the red crab migration is an annual occurance attracting visitors from around the world who wish to see sixty million crabs journey from land to sea. In addition to the plethora of red crabs, Christmas Island is also home to a variety of flora and fauna, some of which are found nowhere else in the world.
Christmas Island's dense rainforest contains 135 unique plant species, with land crabs and sea birds the most common animals seen around the island. The largest land living arthropod in the world, the coconut crab, is often spotted clinging to palm trees, with the endangered Abbott's Booby exclusively calling the island home. Surrounded by crystal clear waters, Christmas Island is the ideal destination for outdoor activities, with snorkeling and diving popular during summer time. Sailfish, tuna and wahoo swim through the island waters,making fishing an enjoyable challenge for visitors who want to tango with big fish, some of which weigh up to 100 kilograms. 63% of Christmas Island is labelled as a National Park, making walking amongst nature the best way in which to explore the island.
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