Kiritimati, as it is known in the local Gilbertese language, is the largest coral atoll found anywhere in the world. “Christmas Island” as it is more commonly referred to by the intrepid anglers that travel to this remote and isolated island, is located equidistantly between Hawaii and New Zealand. Located roughly 1300 miles south of Honolulu, Kiritimati is one of the 33 islands that make up the tiny island republic of Kiribati. Christmas Island has long been a destination for anglers who seek out the island’s incredible bonefishing as well as the solid numbers of giant trevally, blue trevally, golden trevally, triggerfish, milkfish and several other species. The flats on Christmas Island are a wade fisherman’s dream. Seemingly endless hard white sand flats stretch for miles across the inner lagoon while coral flats line the outer island. Kiritimati is largely undeveloped and local culture and life remain vibrant across the landscape. The main export from Kiritimati is copra (dried coconut pulp) which is used to create coconut oil. Due to its extremely remote nature, Kiritimati has a fascinating history as the base of operations for British and American military testing during the Cold War. Evidence of this history can be found across the island but the island underwent a dramatic rehabilitation by the British Government in the 1990s.
Christmas Island Lodge's private oceanside bungalows have been renovated and remodeled to provide our guests with the most comfortable lodgings on the island. Additionally, the lodge is strategically located on a 20-acre beachside location that offers immediate access to the surf and its angling opportunities as well as a short drive to the private back-of-the-lagoon access which only Christmas Island Lodge guests may enjoy. This results in our guests arriving first each morning to the most remote corners of the inner lagoon and also allows us to be the last anglers fishing at the end of the day. Also, due to the lodge's location far from the hubbub of London or Paris on the western end of the island, Christmas Island Lodge guests spend less time en route to the most desirable angling destinations on the island including the famed Korean Wreck and the Huff Dam. With these advantages, the finest guide and lodge staff, excellent wifi connectivity and the small group atmosphere which is derived from a maximum of 8 hosted anglers each week, there is no better option on Kiritimati!
The answer to this questions is simple... Any time of the year that fits your schedule! Since Christmas Island is located near the equator, variations in weather and temperature patterns are essentially non-existent. Daytime temps regularly hover around 85 degrees Fahrenheit/30 degrees Celsius and nighttime lows rest at a comfortable 75 degrees Fahrenheit/24 degrees Celsius. The variation in average daily temperatures varies approximately 1 degree throughout the calendar year.
Tides have a significant impact on flats fishing. Spring tides occur during full and new moon phases which result in the most dramatic fluctuations in tidal swings. These are excellent times to consider booking if Giant Trevally is your primary target species. Neap tides occur during quarter moon phases of the lunar month and result in less rise and fall of the water depth which creates longer lasting conditions ideal for bonefishing and roaming the inner lagoon flats. Booking a transition week at the lodge will provide a combination of both scenarios.
The fishing on Christmas Island is incredibly diverse and has something that appeals to everyone. Fortunately, Christmas Island Lodge is uniquely situated on the Island; we are able to access the inner lagoon in 10 minutes, we can be fishing at the famous Korean Wreck, Huff Dam and other backcountry lagoons within 60 to 90 minutes. Thanks to our private back-of-the-lagoon boat launch, guests of Christmas Island Lodge will be the first anglers on the island to access the inner lagoon every morning and the last to leave each afternoon.
The bonefishing on Christmas Island is incredible. In the inner lagoon when the tides are right, the flats are teeming with bonefish, eager to take a fly. Anglers will have numerous shots at fish averaging three pounds. Bonefish from five to seven pounds are common and patient anglers that wait for the right fish will have shots at fish up to ten pounds! Triggerfish have become a guest favorite with multiple shots at these colorful and hard fighting fish each day. Bluefin, spotted, striped and golden trevally are common sights on the flats of Christmas Island. These fish will cruise the flats or hang right off the edges and greedily attack your fly.
Many anglers coming to Christmas Island are eager to target giant trevally (GTs). These supercharged and highly aggressive fish will leave any seasoned angler weak in the knees. Christmas Island Lodge does not chum, nor do we condone chumming for GTs on Christmas Island. If you want to catch a GT on the fly you need to commit your time and focus. Our guides will always be carrying a 12wt rigged and ready in case any opportunity presents itself, however the best way to catch a GT is to target these fish exclusively. For those interested in targeting GTs, be prepared for long days hunting these apex predators. You might only get one shot a day but it will make you keep coming back for more!
Travel insurance and medical evacuation insurance are practical ways to ensure your safety and peace of mind while adventuring in remote locales like Christmas Island and we highly recommend you purchase both. To explore options, click this link.
Christmas Island Lodge is connected to the new solar electrical system recently constructed on Kiritimati. As long as the sun is shining, the lodge will have power to support your various communication devices. Now that's a safe bet! And our private generator ensures that in the event of unexpected downtime on the solar grid, we are always able to provide power for our guests. With the advent of the new global internet system, Starlink, Christmas Island Lodge provides the fastest internet service available within Kiribati. Additionally, satellite communication though Inmarsat and Iridium are good options for traveling anglers. Zoleo and Garmin InReach are also useful tools to stay connected during your stay on Kiritimati when away from the lodge.
Kiritimati is a very rustic and remote location far from modern-day civilization. Most travelers who visit Christmas Island do so to experience the world-class angling. However, the island offers other activities such as birdwatching, diving and snorkeling, surfing, Operation Grapple relics tour, Cultural & Community tour, North & South Point Island tour and sightseeing including other arranged tours such as Crab hunting and scoop net fishing. Visit this link for details on these exciting and enjoyable activities!
The 7 night/6 day all-inclusive packages includes: lodgings, meals, bottled water, beer/wine/sodas, 6 days of 2x1 guided fishing, laundry service, pick up/drop off from/to CXI airport, transportation while on Kiritimati, fishing license and 12.5% VAT. Packages DO NOT include: Recommended 15% guide/staff gratuities, alcoholic beverages other than beer/wine or airfare to/from CXI airport, fishing equipment, terminal tackle, flies, or lures.