Cocos Islands Trip Planner
Know Your Trip Budget for Your Dream Vacation to Cocos Islands
How to plan a trip to cocos islands
Cocos Island is one of the best unexplored secrets of the Indian Ocean. Tucked inside the vast water body, there is plenty for a nature lover and a water baby to do here. Each month here comes with a lot of excitement as the few inhabitants who are present here are not caught up with the mundaneness of life. This is the best place for anybody who loves diving and likes to see nature through a microscopic eye.
The citizens of United States of America and United Kingdom along with many countries of the European Union can procure an electronic visa. The processing is really fast and is around 20 pounds or 20 USD. For everyone else, they need to apply to the nearest Australian Embassy. Go to the official website and check which visa your country is eligible for. Citizens of Australia do not need to carry passports, but need to have a legitimate identity proof with them.
When to go
The best time to visit Cocos Island is definitely during the months of June and July. During this time, the diving opportunities are the best as waters are calm and many big animals can be encountered under the sea. More than the climatic importance, the water temperatures should be kept in mind and they are the best during June and July after which they start to get really cold making it difficult for the divers to enjoy their experience.
Destinations to cover
Even though there are three main regions to see here but there are plenty of things to do in Cocos Island. It is a complete treat for anybody who is into nature and wants to explore the best of waters. Apart from seeing Horsburgh Island, North Keeling Island - A national park, with access only with permission from Parks Australia and South Island you should definitely take a cultural tour with any of the groups and go diving with a professional group for sure. Apart from this, every year towards the end they have various events which you should take part in to enjoy to the fullest.
Get in and around
If you are thinking of how to reach Cocos Island, then the most convenient way is to take a flight from Perth that operates twice a week and stops at Christmas Island on the way. The flights are quite expensive but are the most convenient way to get to the only airport at Cocos Island- West Island. Another way is to get into a sailing vessel or a boat that generally stops at Mauritius. There are not many ways to get around Cocos Island, so hiring a car is the best option. There are also jetties, ferries and buses that you can take to get around Cocos Island.
Hotels and Food
There are plenty of budget options available here. You can go to a motel if you do not wish to spend too much on the accommodation. You can also opt for luxury resorts that would help you enjoy the mesmerizing views. There are plenty of sea food specialties here which you can enjoy in one of the two main restaurants of the island. There are plenty of beach side shacks though and they serve amazing food. You can also try out the cafes to absorb your experience completely.
How much does it cost to travel to Cocos Islands
Plan your trip to Cocos Islands with an estimated budget for your travel. The average daily cost of food in Cocos Islands is USD 42 per person. For a family of four, the cost of eating out is USD 168. For getting around Cocos Islands, you will need a rough figure of USD 53 per day. For detailed Cocos Islands trip cost calculator, use Cocos Islands Trip Planner.
*Based on Food, Accommodation & Transportation