Endless hard sand flats, remarkable numbers of cruising bonefish and trevally, and consistent year round weather await all who visit this remarkable atoll.
Whether you are an experienced saltwater angler returning for your tenth trip or a novice keen on honing your flats fishing skills, you'll find the ultimate in flats wade-fishing at Christmas Island Outfitters. With some of the best guides of the island and the need to cater to smaller groups of anglers (8 maximum at the lodge), CIO formed a few years ago and has grown in popularity so much that it is hard to find space there during the winter months unless reservations are made way ahead of time. They brag about fishing according to the tides and conditions
instead of meal schedules.
One of the great things about Christmas Island is its proximity to the equator. It is the same weather today as it was yesterday and will be tomorrow. This makes it an outstanding destination during the winter when the Bahamas or the Yucatan might get some cold fronts moving across the flats, putting the fish off for a while. A missed day of fishing at Christmas Island because of weather is almost unheard of at any time of year. Several people every year combine a trip to Christmas Is with an add-on vacation in Hawaii.
Reservations & Rates
The Fly Shop® has been sending anglers to Christmas Island since the early '80s. Over the years, that's literally thousands of fly rodders who've experienced the wonders of this remote coral atoll with our help and professional trip planning.
The cost of the 7 night/6 day Christmas Island Outfitters package is $2,570.00 per person (double occupancy)
Your angling package at Christmas Island Outfitters includes (On Christmas Island only) meals and accommodations at the lodge; packed lunch on fishing days; transportation to and from fishing; driver and guide fees each day; Christmas Island ground transfers.
Not included in your Christmas Island Outfitters package are round trip air fare to Honolulu and Christmas Island; all alcoholic beverages, bottled water and soft drinks; gratuities; vehicle or boat rental other than that specified in package; offshore boat charter; baggage overweight charges (66
pounds allowed for up to two bags checked); extra guide charges ($100.00/day); meals and accommodations while in Hawaii; items of personal nature, including fishing tackle and any other items not specifically listed in the inclusions; fishing license ($35.00); laundry services ($1 - $3/garment); departure taxes; travel insurance; visa fees. • Credit cards are not accepted on Christmas Island.
The Fly Shop® is not in the insurance business, but we recommend Travel Guard coverage as a service with a desire to see your best interests protected. It is impossible to know when an unfortunate situation (loss of luggage, fly rods, illness in the family, or an accident) may occur. However, such things can and do happen, and this insurance can provide a means of recourse against non-refundable financial losses. Click HERE for Travel Guard's Policies and more information
Seasons at Christmas Island Outfitters
The best time of year to fish Christmas Island is whenever you can be there!
Christmas Island is located about 1200 miles south of Hawaii and only 110 miles north of the Equator. It's proximity to the equator guarantees consistent conditions throughout the year, making it one of the few fishing destinations in the world that provides great opportunities nearly every day of the year.
There is no bad time of year to fish Christmas Island. Some of the most popular months are in the wintertime -- November through February -- when many other international destinations are cold and negatively impacted by winter weather conditions.
Getting To Christmas Island Outfitters
You should contact Carolyn Reid, travel agent in Honolulu at 800-284-0440 or firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations between Honolulu and Christmas Island. Tell her that you are with The Fly Shop® and Fly Water Travel. She is very familiar with this flight and will take good care of you. The Commercial Flight with Air Pacific (round trip) between Christmas Island and Honolulu costs approximately $1,000.0 USD. She can also make flight reservations from the mainland for you as well as make hotel arrangements in Hawaii.
You need to purchase Medical evacuation insurance. If anything happens to you while on Christmas Island and an evacuation to a medical facility is necessary, it is very, VERY, expensive should you have to do it without insurance. Check the Sportsman's Travel Protection Plan by Travel Guard brochure enclosed (or attached if you receive this by email) for information.
Passports must be valid for at least six months after your planned return date.
Christmas Island Itinerary: Monday: Preceding your scheduled week in Christmas Island that runs from Tuesday to Tuesday, we recommend flying to Honolulu on Sunday or Monday, giving yourself an extra day and night of rest and to allow for delays or lost baggage. The Honolulu Airport Inn (also named Ohana Honolulu Airport Hotel) is convenient and located near the terminal (and has a van for transfers; their phone is 808-836-0661). Remember, Christmas Island is one day ahead of US time. So, you'll be arriving on their Wednesday. And, you will be departing on their Wednesday. This is the first day of your week at Christmas Island. Upon arrival at Christmas Island, check through customs.
Tuesday Morning: Please check in at the Honolulu airport according to instructions on your ticket or from your travel agent. This is the first day of your week at Christmas Island. Upon arrival at Christmas Island, check through customs. You will need to fill out a customs form and on it, is a place for where you'll be staying. It is known as "The Shark Place". The lodge host will meet you after clearing customs and take you to the lodge. You will meet Peter (head guide) and he will walk you through the fishing program and your lodge stay.
Wednesday - Monday: Typically, your fishing days will look like this: After a 6:30 AM breakfast, you will depart for the flats
around 7:00 AM. You will have two(2) days with the truck and four (4) on the boat. You will fish from approximately 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, then be back at the lodge around 5:30 PM. Dinner is around 7:00 PM. Remember, that this schedule will change according to your fishing desires and the tides. On your last night pay your extra lodge expenses to the lodge owner. Take care of tips and pack up for an early morning departure tomorrow. Make sure your flight reservations are confirmed. 6 full days of fishing.
Tuesday (departure day): Depart Christmas Island. On this sad day, you will say your goodbyes, make promises to return next year if not before, get phone numbers and email addresses of new found fishing companions and be transferred to the airport. The lodge host will give you all of the details for your departure. Flights are scheduled to depart Christmas Island at 7:00 AM and arrive Honolulu at 10:00 AM.
Agnling & Guide Options: Your fishing package includes three lagoon skiff days and transportation by vehicle to the flats for three days. You will be assigned two guides for each party of four. If you wish an extra guide and, if one is available, the cost is $100 per day in U.S. currency. We recommend that you consider doing so if this is your first visit or if you are a beginner.
Lodging at Christmas Island Outfitters
You will be lodging with Christmas Island Outfitters in one of 4 simple, clean bungalows that sleep two anglers each for a maximum of 8 anglers per week. In each one you will find a private bath, ceiling fans, refrigerator and screened windows. Christmas Island Outfitters lodge is known locally as "The Shark Place".
Rooms are simple clean and spacious and have private baths, fans, screened windows, a table with chairs and refrigerators. The
common meeting area features a friendly bar and a casual dinning area where fresh simple meals are served in the morning and evening hours. Small by design to ensure flexibility and quality fishing, the daily schedule and meal times at Christmas Island Outfitters often vary slightly in order to take advantage of the best tides and fishing conditions.
VOLTAGE: Voltage at the lodge is 110V and the plugs are the same as in the U.S.A
The Fishing at Christmas Island Outfitters
After a 6:30 AM breakfast, you will depart for the flats around 7:00 AM. You will have three (3) days each with the truck and the boat. You will fish from approximately 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, then be back at the lodge around 5:30 PM. Dinner is around 7:00 PM. Remember, that this schedule will change according to your fishing desires and the tides. On your last night pay your extra lodge expenses to the lodge owner. Take care of tips and pack up for an early morning departure tomorrow. Make sure your flight reservations are confirmed.
Your fishing package includes three lagoon skiff days and transportation by vehicle to the flats for three days. You will be assigned two guides for each party of four. If you wish an extra guide and, if one is available, the cost is $100 per day in U.S. currency. We recommend that you consider doing so if this is your first
visit or if you are a beginner.
Your guide will know which flat is most likely to turn on with a given tidal condition and which flats traditionally hold the bigger fish. One of the keys to seeing and catching fish at Christmas Island is being on the right part of the right flat with the right tide. Remember that you are more likely to see bigger fish at the highest tide and in thigh-to waist-deep water. You will catch much smaller fish in ankle-deep water.
Lunch is prepared for you each day and your guide/vehicle driver then packs it in a cooler with ice water and puts it in the vehicle. If you wish to take soft drinks, bottled water or beer, they can be taken from your in-room refrigerator and you will be billed accordingly. After lunch, the rest of the afternoon is spent fishing the various flats.
Making Reservations to Xmas Island Outfitters
To make a reservation, please give us a call at 800-669-3474 during business hours any day of the week. We can give you the answers you need, detailed explanations to questions you might have, or check on availability and confirm your reservation in minutes.