FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If you're talking about the 200+ evacuated Australian citizens that were quarantined here for 2 weeks on their way home from China just in case they developed symptoms, they have all continued home now, and not a single one of them tested positive for the virus. There has never been a single case of COVID-19 on Christmas Island, and with our small, remote population and no flights from China, you are safer here from COVID-19 than just about anywhere else in the world.
If you're talking about Coronavirus more generally and the risks of international travel, look to official government travel advice https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/ (where as of 3rd March 2020 only China and Iran have a 'Level 4: Do not travel' status due to Coronavirus, no other countries are even on 'Level 3: Reconsider your need to travel' for Coronavirus and just four are on 'Level 2: Exercise a high degree of caution' (South Korea, Japan, Italy and Mongolia) which states "We're not saying 'don't go' to this location. But you should do your research and take extra precautions.". So if your flights here involved passing through any of those countries, or mixing with crowds in airports etc that may have come from these places, then as a precautionary measure, advice is that should observe preventative measures such as diligently washing your hands after touching communal objects, covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing etc. That's about all you need to be mindful of, and once you're here, you can relax, and even in the very unlikely chance you developed symptoms from your travels once on the island, we have an excellent hospital here on Christmas Island.
If you use public transport at home, or visit any busy public places, then you're more likely to catch Coronavirus (and almost certainly recover in a few weeks anyway) than if you chose to brave a few airports briefly on your way to a perfectly Coronavirus-free holiday on Christmas Island.
From Perth, Australia - Virgin Australia flies to Christmas Island from twice weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays which also services Cocos (keeling) Island. Book with Virgin Australia.
From Jakarta, Indonesia - There's a weekly charter flight on Saturday operated by Garuda Indonesia which we can book for you (contact us).
From Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Every second Tuesday there's a charter flight operated by Malindo Air which we can book for you (contact us).
Or, we can organise a Private Charter just for you (contact us).
Our standard nightly rates are fixed and are all-inclusive with airport pickups, daily guided activities, all meals and unlimited drinks - even a private chef who comes to cook gourmet cuisine using fresh local ingredients right on your ocean deck.
One Guest $1,035 AUD per night.
Two Guests $1,380 AUD per night.
Three Guests $1,725 AUD per night.
We have a minimum 3-night stay. To get the most out of your Christmas Island experience, we recommend staying for one week (7-nights) which ties in well with flight options. Checkout our Packages page.
Prices are higher for scheduled specialist packages such as our 'freediving and yoga week', 'art workshop' etc.
Stays at Swell Lodge are all-inclusive with airport pickups and drop-offs, daily guided activities (which, depending on the length of your stay, may include jungle walks to waterfalls, secluded beaches, lookouts, natural rock pools, blowholes, Parks bird feeding, cove snorkels - even a boat charter out to look for dolphins and snorkel at some even more amazing spots), free high-speed internet, an endless complimentary selection of wine, sparkling wine, beer, cider, gin and tonic with fresh island limes as well as an assortment of soft drinks, snacks and all your meals including a private chef who comes to cook gourmet cuisine using fresh local ingredients right on your ocean deck.
Our standard price does not include flights to or from Christmas Island, or any special extras you might like to book such as massages, private yoga sessions or dedicated scuba diving or fishing trips (snorkelling is included). To organise of these extra options, please just contact us.
Hahaha! No! Not at all! Our jaw-dropping eco-chalets feature floor to ceiling, wall-to-wall sliding glass doors that open on to your private and expansive deck with 180 degrees uninterrupted ocean views. Each eco-chalet features a plush king size bed, ceiling fan, fridge-freezer, a modern, Italian-tiled ensuite bathroom with hot shower and luxurious organic, eco-friendly body wash, shampoo and conditioner, moisturiser and so on. There's even complimentary broadband high-speed wifi via satellite, a coffee machine, 3-seater couch, complimentary iPad with our own hotel compendium app and Spotify account so you can beam some banging tunes to the bluetooth speakers, a stone kitchen bench top and stone breakfast bar, indoor and outdoor dining tables, a sunbed and so much more…. So, no, apart from the fact that the ceiling and side-walls happen to be made of canvas, it's not at all like camping! Take a look at the page all about 'Our Lodge'.
Christmas Island is an incredibly diverse place and you can do as much - or as little - as you like during your stay.
Daily guided activities vary and depend on the length of your stay, but often include jungle walks to a refreshing waterfall you can stand under, secluded beaches, spectacular lookouts, natural rock pools, blowholes, Parks bird feeding, cove snorkels - even a boat charter out to look for dolphins and whale sharks and snorkel with giant trevally and so on. There's also a boardwalk through a RAMSAR wetland, a seabird-nesting headland, a blue cave you can swim in, various cultural and historical sights including temples, Parks research centre and Tourism information centre and the list goes on. It is impossible to be bored here. Check out the 'Experiences' page!
However, while there are endless possible activities to embark on, don't forget to simply relax and reconnect with nature, enjoying the spectacular, ever-changing ocean view and the intricacies of the surrounding jungle from your private eco-chalet. Perhaps unwind on your expansive front deck with a gin & tonic or sparkling wine from the included bar as frigatebirds, boobies and tropicbirds soar right past at arm's length, spot iridescent parrotfish amongst the coral or watch for dolphins leaping further out. Alternatively, laze on the kingsize bed and read a book or listen to your favourite artist streaming live from our complimentary Spotify music account - or just chill-out to the natural rhythm of the waves.
Massage and yoga sessions are available as an optional extra.
Amazingly, YES! Despite being on the far side of one of Australia's most remote territories, each eco-chalet has an NBN satellite dish cleverly hidden on the roof, beaming you broadband-speed internet. As it comes via satellite, sometimes the connection speed can vary or even drop-out together during bad weather, but then you can just sit back and marvel at the power of the ocean instead.
Absolutely! Christmas Island is a kid’s wonderland and the perfect place to share the wonder and joy of nature with your little ones in a safe environment. Our guides are great with kids and many young families have stayed at Swell Lodge and had the most amazing experience. We've even had parents come without their kids, only to return with them a few months later to share the magic with them of all the up-close wildlife, introduce them to snorkelling in the cove and so on. It's perfect.
Each eco-chalet's couch converts into a double bed if needed which can sleep an additional adult (ie a third person) or two kids - just let us know when you're booking and we'll sort it out for you.
Children under 3 years old are FREE and children 3-12 years old are half the price of an adult!
Yes - subject to availability and at an additional cost.
If you're looking for something extra-special and private, we can also organise exclusive booking of both eco-chalets and hand-craft a unique, unforgettable itinerary for celebrities, royals and other VIPs.
Where else in the world can you have an entire, beautiful wilderness coastline to yourself in total seclusion, while staying in such luxury? Our entire team - including our naturalist guides and amazing chef - can be at your disposal to create something beyond special.
Just let us know...
Happily, there is no mobile cell phone coverage at Swell Lodge, so you won't be getting any unwanted work calls. There is a VoIP phone in each eco-chalet however, from which you can make and receive calls if you'd like, and if you choose to connect your smartphone to the complimentary Wi-Fi, then you'll also be able to send messages and place calls using apps like WhatsApp, Skype, Facebook and so on. We suggest not to though - it's a rare and precious opportunity to truely disconnect out here and unwind.
In and around the township there is limited Telstra mobile phone coverage for voice and sms only - no data.
What do you think this is? Camping? Of course there is power, courtesy of the solar panel array mounted on the roof of each eco-chalet feeding that beautiful clean sunlight into a bank of super-high-tech lithium batteries for your usage day and night.
Do keep in mind that being solar-powered, excessive use - especially during extended periods of cloudy weather - can deplete the battery reserves. It is theoretically possible to run out even, however, you are able to track power usage and battery levels using the Swell Lodge app on the complimentary iPad so you'll be able to see if you are running low on power and perhaps turn off or unplug a few things before that happens. We can always come out and connect up a portable generator to top-up your battery if required, but we really shouldn't need to.
Christmas Island is a tropical paradise where the temperature and humidity doesn’t vary much throughout the year. It never gets cold, nor uncomfortably hot: August/September are our coldest months where the temperature could drop as low as about 23 degrees Celsius. April/May are our warmer months but even then the temperature rarely climbs above 29 degrees Celsius, and the powerful ceiling fan and ocean breeze at Swell Lodge is more than adequate for keeping guests cool.
Humidity usually stays between 80% to 90%, and the island experiences both wet and dry seasons. The wet season is typically between December and April, with the highest rainfall generally occurring in February/March. As the wet season coincides with the famous red crab migration and is also peak whale shark season, it is still a popular time to visit Christmas Island.
The crystal-clear ocean surrounding Christmas Island remains the perfect temperature to swim, snorkel and dive in all year round, always a balmy 27-29 degrees Celsius.
Please keep in mind that Christmas Island is full of red crabs, every day of every year. While more prolific in the wet season, even during the dry season you will still find plenty of them, whenever you want, so you do not have to come ‘during crab migration’ to see our famous crabs. While the migration and especially the spawning morning is a spectacular event to witness if you’re lucky, there are also drawbacks too which may effect your stay:
If you are visiting during the crab migration which can fall anytime between October and January and last for up to 6-weeks, many of the roads around the island will be closed to allow the crabs safe passage, including roads to many of our regular daily-guided destinations meaning we can not guarantee that you'll be able to see and do the usual planned activities.
Even road to Swell Lodge itself is often closed to regular traffic during the migration! If our road is closed, our guides are of course still permitted vehicle access to Swell Lodge, but only between about 11:00 am and 2:30 pm when the crabs are less active and providing we use our approved crab-safe vehicle attachment (or any time in an emergency). Sometimes the crabs may thin out allowing us to return to more regular activity times even 'during migration', however this is unpredictable, so we do not take bookings for optional extras such as photography tours, yoga, massage, fishing trips or 4WD hire between October and January.
Crab season is also in the middle of wet-season, so you'll likely experience a bit of rain and inclement weather which can make water activities hard, but it's also peak whale-shark season so, as with the land-based experiences - visiting during the wet season is trade off: You'll probably be able to do less than normal, but what you might see can be absolutely unforgettable - imaging snorkelling beside a whale shark, or walking along jungle tracks carpeted in a sea of red crabs – absolutely a once-in-a-lifetime experience and one even Sir David Attenborough includes in his Top 10 natural wonders on Earth!
I'm glad you asked! Swell Lodge is incredibly privileged to exist inside a National Park and beside a RAMSAR-listed wetland. We're governed by strict environmental regulations and use the latest technology to ensure that while surrounded by luxury and modern conveniences, your stay in the wilderness still has minimal impact on this pristine environment:
Each of our 100% solar-powered eco-chalets has a 1.4KW solar array which alone saves over 750kgs of CO2 entering the atmosphere every year and our energy efficient, high-output ceiling fan removes the need for air conditioning, which saves an additional 1,500kgs of CO2 annually, compared to staying in a regular hotel room.
We're also proud to feature purely solar-heated hot water, a modern odourless composting toilet, a greywater filter treatment system, ph-neutral bio-degradable soaps and shower gels, a crab-safe vehicle attachment and a carbon-offset program realised through 'Greenfeet' with 58 native trees planted to offset the CO2 emissions from our lodge vehicles. We use beautifully soft, recycled toilet paper, compostable tea bags, give each guest a reusable drink bottle to keep, and, in fact, there's a whole lot more, please take a look at our dedicated 'Our Eco' page!
Swell Lodge has been awarded Ecotourism Australia's highest level of certification 'Advanced Ecotourism' as well as a 'Climate Action Business' reserved for exemplary operators in terms of our ecological sustainability, natural area management and provision of authentic cultural experiences, a recognition also approved by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).
So, you can enjoy your stay at Swell Lodge guilt-free, especially if you elect to buy your own carbon-offset credits for your flight here, which we'd recommend.
Everything! Swell Lodge is the only luxury and eco-friendly accommodation option on Christmas Island. It is also the first and only such eco-accomodation inside any of the federally-managed National Parks in Australia! It's a pretty big deal! Check out 'Our Eco' page!
Nestled in the jungle in the Christmas Island National Park, surrounded by wildlife and overlooking the ever-changing ocean, Swell Lodge consists of just two modern, glass-fronted, solar-powered, luxury eco-chalets offering all-inclusive stays with daily guided activities and even a private chef. A stay at Swell Lodge is like nothing else on Earth - where else can you enjoy a wilderness coastline all to yourself, while indulging in such luxury? It’s the world’s most exclusive eco-lodge and the ultimate escape.
As good as this sounds, you'll never truely understand until your guide first opens the door to your eco-chalet and you're met with the wow-factor view of that ceiling-to-floor, wall-to-wall glass front overlooking the wild ocean coastline, with seabirds soaring past. Gradually you'll also become aware of all the luxury fittings, the glass sculptures, Italian-tiled bathroom, complimentary iPad with Spotify and bluetooth speakers, dedicated hotel compendium app and every other carefully thought out detail in this incredibly unique creation. Check out our page about the 'Lodge'.
For now, Christmas Island is a place your friends have probably never been, so visit soon before it becomes the next big thing. Whether you’re a couple wanting a romantic break, a solo traveler, photographer keen on nature or a celebrity or VIP wanting an escape, Christmas Island is a great destination and Swell Lodge is the perfect place from which to enjoy it.
Where do I start? For such a small island (19x14km), Christmas Island is impossibly diverse! While internationally famous for its 50-million red land crabs and their annual migration down to the sea to spawn, the island - known as 'The Galapagos of the Indian Ocean' is also filled with many rare and endemic birds found nowhere else on Earth. Having evolved without any land-based predators, these crabs and birds are wonderfully unafraid of humans and are even actively curious, allowing for unforgettably intimate encounters.
Christmas Island also enjoys world-class snorkelling and diving in it's crystal-clear 28-degree reef-filled waters with some of the longest drop-off walls in the world making it also a perfect location for freediving even right from the jetty in the cove - no boat trips required! We've got turtles, resident pods of spinner dolphins, friendly reef sharks, no dangerous stingers (or dangerous snakes or spiders ashore either) and in the right season even manta rays and whale sharks!
We've got jungle waterfalls, blowholes, caves, boardwalks through RAMSAR-listed wetlands, natural infinity-edged rockpools, secluded sandy beaches rimmed by coconut palms and most of the island is blanketed in a mighty rainforest with old-growth trees towering more than 50 meters into the sky. There's also a wealth of fascinating history, a colourful mix of cultures and temples and so on. Check out our 'Experiences' page!
Considering how far you have travelled out to Christmas Island, why not take the time to see our neighbours, the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, only a 1.5hr flight away! The Cocos (Keeling) Islands are completely different from Christmas Island, comprising of two main coral islands and 27 smaller ones ringing a central lagoon, all with white sandy beaches and palm trees. A three or four-night stay on Cocos is the perfect complement to your Swell Lodge visit. Just let us know at the time of booking, so arrangements can be made.