Flying Fish Cove has been an established settlement since 1888 and is located in the northern part of the country. The small harbour at Flying Fish Cove has a marina as well as hosting recreational divers. Although the state is home to a coastline that stretches the entire border of the nation, many of the beaches remain hard to get to and only small parts of the shoreline, including Flying Fish Cove, are easily accessed.

The population of Christmas Island is small due to the remoteness of the area as well as the size of the nation. During the 2011 Australian national census it was determined that just over 2,000 people live in the entire country. Around one-third of these people live in Flying Fish Cove, and the demographics of the populace are quite diverse considering the small sample of people living there. In the country the approximate numbers of ethnic groups are as follows, 65% Chinese, 20% Malay, 10% European and 5% Indian and Eurasian.

One of the primary industries of the country is tourism, and there are many attractions available to those lucky enough to visit. Having easy access to the ocean provides tourists with the opportunity to fish and scuba dive as well as being able to take a boat or yacht on a journey around the area. Flora and fauna on the island provide unique photographic opportunities for many tourists and photo-safaris are now a common activity for a lot of visitors to the country.

The temperature of Christmas Island varies little throughout the year due to its position on the globe. Temperatures range from their lowest point of 23 degrees Celsius (73 degrees Fahrenheit) in August to their high end of 29 degrees Celsius (84 degrees Fahrenheit) in March and April. Christmas Island rarely gets clear days and is mostly cloudy and overcast, in fact, the average number of clear days is just eight per year. The island is also susceptible to monsoons and even tropical cyclones. The wet season in Christmas Island commences in November and finishes in May and the dry season in between provides occasional showers.

This page was last modified on May 1st, 2018

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