CHRISTMAS ISLAND TRAVEL

IKARI HOUSE

A CASUAL ISLAND FISHING LODGE OVERLOOKING THE WORLD'S LARGEST ATOLL LAGOON.

You have probably heard through the grapevine about Bonefish Hawaii’s epic hosted trips, now is a great time to join us on an upcoming expedition. We have been visiting this this tiny central Pacific atoll since 1979 and know the best Lodges, Guides, Gear, Tides, and Seasons to book.

This tropical paradise of palm trees, white sandy beaches, sparkling clear warm water, turquoise lagoons, and coral reefs, teems with fish and marine life. An endless variety of flats dwellers, reef denizens, and offshore bruisers await your fly with little fishing pressure from other anglers. The diversity of Christmas Island Fishing is truly remarkable; you can wade hard white sand flats for Bonefish, Triggerfish, and numerous others, hunt shallow edges and cuts for Giant Trevally, drift offshore feeding lanes for rising Milkfish, or cast to boiling schools of Tuna or finning Sailfish just offshore.

Get in touch, and let us help you to get the most out of your Christmas Island Fishing adventure. We actually visit Christmas Island a lot (6 times last year) and know the scoop. We are always around to help with gear selection, flies, or to chat about techniques or fishing areas. When you book through Bonefish Hawaii there is never and additional fee for our travel consultation services, trip planning or pre-trip recommendations. Always the same price as booking direct!

2017 IKARI HOUSE RATE $2,750 PER WEEK*

*Inclusive price subject to change, based on double occupancy, 7 nights lodging, meals, six days guided fishing, land and water transfers. Hosting based upon availability and subject to change. Exclusive of air travel, alcoholic beverages, Honolulu lodging, taxes, and gratuities. The Republic of Kiribati no longer requires VISAs for visiting anglers from the USA, CANADA, JAPAN, and a number of other European countries. You will need a passport valid at least 6 months beyond your stay.

CHRISTMAS ISLAND FLY FISHING

ONE OF THE MOST REMOTE ISLANDS ON THE PLANET, This unique fishing destination lies some 1400 miles South of Hawaii, and just North of the equator. The fishing and weather are consistent throughout the year. It is always warm and cool breezes blow across the flats daily. If you are looking to ditch winter, this is the place to do it.

Over 140 square miles of protected interior lagoon flats make Christmas Island the largest atoll in the world. There is no shortage of easy wading white sand flats, or untouched ocean-side marl flats to explore. With its large colonies of sea birds, vast fringing reefs, endless wadeable flats, lagoon cuts, and surrounding ocean, Christmas Island also offers excellent opportunities for observing bird and marine life. We have noted over a dozen species of sea birds, taken a swim with Manta Rays, and even snorkeled with huge Whale Sharks!

The island remains largely unspoiled with virtually no commercialism. A copra plantation and a number of other government operations including salt extraction and aquarium fish export provide employment for the local population, numbering about 7000. We find the local Kiribati (Christmas) people to be some of the most friendly and happy we have met anywhere in the world. Drive along the only road on the Island and all you see is bare-footed, smiling kids. Simple is better here.

GETTING THERE

FIJI AIRWAYS provides weekly jet charter service from Honolulu, Hawaii (HNL) to Cassidy International Airport (CXI) on Christmas Island. The 3 hour Boeing 737-700 flight departs/arrives every Tuesday at noon, so plan to be in Honolulu by the Monday prior to your Christmas Island departure. Your return flight from CXI typically arrives in HNL at approximately 11 AM, giving you lots of time to make your connection home. We recommend you schedule outbound flights from HNL sometime after 12:30PM to allow for delays, US Customs, etc.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive Honolulu and overnight (Monday)

Day 2: Depart Honolulu, Arrive Christmas Island (Tuesday)

Day 3 -8: Six days of fantastic guided fishing (Wednesday-Monday)

Day 9: Depart Christmas Island, Depart Honolulu (Tuesday)

HAWAIIAN BONEFISH

Don’t miss a great opportunity to fish for some of the largest bonefish in the world during your stop over in Honolulu. Bonefish Hawaii has become to go-to guide service for many hard-core bonefish addicts in search of Monster Bones. The average Hawaii bonefish scales over 6 pounds and double-digit fish are available almost daily. These highly educated bonefish can be ultra challenging to hook and land. Fortunately, Bonefish Hawaii has the fishery pretty well figured out and will take care of all the details. Just plan to arrive in Hawaii a day or two early, bring a seven or 8 weight rod, some wading shoes, and a few good casts. We will do the rest. Advance reservations are always a good idea.

IKARI HOUSE

Over the years we have tried most of the hotel options on the Island with varying degrees of success. The Ikari House (Bonefish House) is our first choice at Christmas Island. You may have heard horror stories from other lodges of no air conditioning, cold showers, or fish and rice, three meals a day. Not to mention boat, truck, or guide snafus.

Not at Ikari House, they provide clean rooms, safe and well maintained boats, Terrific English-Speaking Guides, hot showers, icy air conditioning, and a REALLY COLD BEER at the end of a great fishing day.

WHY BOOK WITH BONEFISH HAWAII

We know you have plenty of choices when it comes to fishing travel. At Bonefish Hawaii we make it our mission to take the hassle out of planning your next trip so you can worry about one thing- Having a Great Time!

We have been visiting Christmas Island and guiding fly anglers for much of the last 30 years. It also doesn’t hurt that we fish for the same species you will encounter at Christmas Island here in Hawaii! We have got you covered. We are always available to assist you with gear selection, flies, knots, or to give you a few tips to improve your double-haul.

Its pretty simple, we know Christmas Island and all the ingredients that make a great saltwater fly fishing adventure. Most of all we love passing on our knowledge, experience, and passion, on to you. From our perspective, it doesn’t get any better than spending a week with old and new friends in this exceptional tropical fishery.