Swell Lodge

Our Seasons

Dry Season (May-Sep)
Wet Season (Oct - Apr)
Closed (Jan-Mar)
Annual Temp 23-29 °C
It’s your choice

When to come?

While the air temperature remains a balmy 23-29°C all year, we have a wet and a dry season on Christmas Island. Both seasons have their own amazing advantages and some drawbacks, and the best choice for you depends on what you want to see and do, and your fitness.

The Dry Season: (May-September)

April & May: While it could still rain at any time, typically the rains should start easing in April, the island will be beautifully lush and green, and with the red crab migration finished, the majority of the island's roads should be open, allowing easier access to all the island's attractions. There'll still be plenty of red crabs around, and maybe even some whale sharks. A good time to visit.

May, June, July & August: The weather should go from good to great, and while the odd shower is still possible, the chance of serious rain or swell interrupting your boating or snorkelling plans is low. Many birds are nesting, the jungle is still green, there's still heaps of red crabs, roads are open and all is well. It's perhaps the best time for an all-round Christmas Island experience. 

August & September: The weather will likely be great, in fact these two months have the lowest rainfall (40-50mm) and the lowest temperatures (still a warm 23-26°C). The jungle will be starting to dry out and there'll be less crabs about (but still plenty, don't worry!). A great time to visit.

The Wet Season (October-April)

While the rains don’t typically start until November, it can rain in October, triggering an early Red Crab Migration. The migration (which is unpredictable, starting soon after whenever the rain does and lasts around 2 months, check possible spawning dates here) is a spectacular event to witness and an amazing time to be here, however it brings several challenges you need to be prepared for:

Many of the island’s roads unpredictably close to vehicles giving the crabs safe passage, making many of the island’s other attractions inaccessible unless you’re fit enough to walk several kilometres. The walks in and out are beautiful through the lush, crab-carpeted jungle, but if you don’t cope well with humidity, hills or hiking, expect to skip some of the included daily tours and enjoy a relaxing day in your eco-chalet instead. Our vehicle access into Swell Lodge is also strictly controlled during road closures – we need to use our crab-safe crab-mobile which makes driving in and out slow (up to 1hr each way if there’s lots of crabs).

Wet season also increases the chance of other inconveniences including flight disruptions and swell affecting water-based activities. It’s still one of our busiest and best times of year, most guests absolutely love it, but it really is better suited to fitter guests who don’t mind a bit of adventure, because anything could happen. “Hop out and rake those crabs off the road, would you? Thanks.

Our Closed Period (January-March)

This is the wettest of the wet season, the crabs should have done their thing by now, and it's time to give our staff a break, do a bit of maintenance and wait for the island's roads to be repaired and re-opened. Our office is still open to handle bookings so get in early!

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