The Cocos Keeling Islands is also known as Cocos Islands or Keeling Islands and is located in the middle of the Indian Ocean about 2750 km to the north west of Perth and 900 km south west of Christmas Island which is their closest neighbor.
The Cocos Islands are the smallest and most remote National Park in Australia. A vacation in the Cocos Islands is a dreamlike destination.
As the archipelago is surrounded by the unbelievably clean, clear Indian Ocean, it is considered as a haven for water based activities and yacht chartering is among the most popular activities in the area.
While chartering your yacht in the waters of Cocos Islands, Direction Island should definitely be on top of your list. The island offers numerous exquisite white sandy beaches and some unique shelter filled with calling card paraphernalia from visiting yachtees.
On Direction Island, you will have the unique opportunity to snorkel at the world famous Rip which is renowned for its diverse marine life dotted with some beautiful fishes, colorful corals, reef sharks, huge wrasse and its famous parrot fish.
The Cocos Islands offers a wide variety of activities such as windsurfing, kite boarding and surfing in the area.
You will also have the opportunity to visit West Island where you can explore the Bobs Folly which is renowned for its majestic stand of Calophyllum trees, native hibiscus and luxuriant vegetation.
One can swim at the Trannies beaches which is one of the most popular swimming spots on the Island. And when the tide is low, you can try a reef walk from the Scout Park to Pulu Maraya, which is a small uninhabited island located in the South.
The port of Refuge on the famous Direction Island is a major anchorage spot for most yachts visiting the area.
During a visit in the area, you can sail towards the famous Home Island which is a Muslim Population. It is particularly recommended to observe the cultural sensitivities and wear some modest standards of dress when you visit the island.
For most sailors who visit the area, the Cocos Islands are usually the last port of call before they continue their route over the huge expanse of the Indian Ocean.