Sailing to Cocos As the Cocos Keeling Islands is an Australian territory, Australian government visa documentation is required for arrival and will be inspected by the Australian Federal Police along with your valid passport.
Australia has strict quarantine regulations with regards to fresh fruit and vegetables bought from overseas. Pets, firearms and certain drugs are also strictly regulated.
Sailing to Cocos There are a few guidelines to follow for your arrival
- At last 96 hours prior to your arrival, please contact Australian Customs with your intent to travel to Australia
- On approach to Cocos Keeling Islands, please radio the local police on Channel 20 to let them know your arrival time
- Once arrived, drop your anchor in the Direction Island vessel anchorage area
- Display your yellow ‘quarantine’ flag
- Radio local police on Channel 20 to let them know you’re anchored, they’ll advise customs and quarantine procedures
- All passengers and crew must remain on board until police clearance has been granted
- Your skipper will be requested to present yacht registration, details of passengers on board and last port clearance
Sailing to Cocos Costs and requirements to moor on Direction Island:
Daily fee AUD $10.00
Weekly fee AUD $50.00
Please submit the vessel anchorage form
During your stay, please follow the below guidelines:
- Please minimise your use of the water in our rainwater tanks on Direction Island, it is a precious resource.
- Spearfishing, netting or rod fishing in the rip is strictly prohibited
- Please dispose of rubbish / trash as directed by the police to ensure fellow users can appreciated the same beauty
- Lighting a fire directly in-front of the main shelters are strictly prohibited, as children and adults frequent this area
It is rare, in this day and age, to come upon a place so delightful in both looks and temperament that, on the very first sighting, one’s jaw does genuinely drop.
Georgia Rickard Australian Traveller
If going with the flow is how you roll, you will love the Cocos Keeling Islands. They have a small – very small – country town vibe. Your activities revolve around the exquisite lagoon whether they be snorkelling, diving, fishing, parasailing, or just relaxing under a coconut palm reading a book while inhaling the frangipani infused air
Steve Klein Curious Campers
Scuba diving at Cocos Keeling islands is nothing short of spectacular. Fabulous visibility, pristine coral reefs, abundant marine life and all the trappings of a tropical paradise without the flashy resorts. Yes, it is isolated and it takes some effort to get there, but this is more than offset by the quality of the diving, the friendly locals and the very laid back and relaxing ambience of the entire place. It is quirky, fun and a great place for a holiday. We will return and soon
Phillip Tubb Melbourne
Don’t miss this place. My wife and I recently spent a fantastic week on Cocos Keeling Islands. We took the opportunity to take the twice weekly ferry service from West Island to Direction Island... we loved it so much we came back for a second time.
Mike G Joondalup
Home Island is definitely quieter than West Island with religion a big part of daily life but the locals were so friendly and welcoming. It was so nice to be able to swim straight off the shore in amazing turquoise water while we cooked BBQs at sunset. Highly recommended!