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Baggage The weight limit on Cocos Keeling Islands flights is 23kg per person of checked luggage and 7kg of carry-on baggage. 

Excess baggage, such as surfboards, golf clubs or food boxes, are carried on a subject-to-load basis. They are not guaranteed to uplift on the same flight and can arrive on following flights. With this in mind, always pack essentials, such as medication, in your carry-on. 

 

Sunset on Cocos Keeling Islands (2)

What to bring

  • It’s casual here, so your dress can be too. When visiting Home Island, please bring clothing to cover your shoulders and knees
  • Swimming costume, beach towel, hat, mossie spray and sun protection
  • Shoes for bush and reef walking, flip flops for around town
  • A light raincoat for occasional showers 
  • Any medication
  • Food options that meet dietary requirements
  • Gear for adventuring, catching fish or exploring the ocean

Swim fins and snorkel masks are available for hire from The Visitor Centre, open Monday – Saturday.

sandcay casting

No, passports and visas are not  required when travelling from Perth. However, you will need to show photo identification for each traveller – including children – to clear customs and immigration.

We recommend bringing a valid passport nonetheless, in the case of a flight diversion to another country. For more information, please see here

It’s back to basics on Cocos and that’s why you’ll love it. You can buy a small range of groceries from local supermarkets on both West Island and Home Island but please note that fresh produce is limited. 

Most food can be brought into the Cocos Keeling Islands, except tomato and capsicum stems, fresh honey and homegrown produce. Seafood is also out but don’t worry, there’s plenty to catch! If you have special dietary requirements, please pack what you need. 

If you’re bringing fresh food, please make sure to keep your shopping receipts. You will need to show these to Customs on arrival.

A holiday on Cocos is a chance to slow down, and disconnect. There is no mobile reception here but you can find a WIFI hotspot at the Community Resource Centre (CRC), which also has computers available for use. 

You can purchase access online in advance of your trip or by dropping in when you land from Monday – Friday, 8am – 3pm. Pricing plans range from $10 – $25 depending on the amount of data you need. At the CRC you’ll also find printing services, stationary, tide charts, a book swap and more.

Please help us care for our incredible Cocos Keeling Islands environment and marine life. Your hosts will advise you on recycling but if bringing food items, please be mindful of packaging and take your keepcup, and water bottle. Tap water is completely safe to drink. 

You’ll love watching the reef sharks and turtles play in the shallows but please don’t feed them or any other wildlife, including the local chooks.

Australia Post has a postal agency on both West Island and Home Island. These are open on weekdays, over varying hours.

Express Mail is dispatched and received on Cocos Keeling Islands every second Friday, weather and freight loads depending. 

Yes! Families love the Cocos Keeling Islands; kids can safely roam free and explore. There are no snakes, no dangerous spiders. The island has a 30-50 kph speed limit and the roads are shared by everyone – walkers, bikes, scooters and vehicles.

There are plenty of picturesque spots for all swimming levels to take a dip but please be extremely mindful of water safety. There is no coastguard here.

The currency is Australian dollars. 

Debit and credit cards are widely accepted, but not everywhere. An ATM is available during opening hours at the Community Resource Centre on West Island, which dispenses $100 at a time at a cost of $2.50 per transaction. There’s also an ATM on Home Island, located at Shamroks supermarket. 

It’s recommended to bring some cash with you in case of outages and small change if you plan to hop on public transport or do a round on the golf course. 

There is a small health clinic and pharmacy on West Island and Home Island, staffed by one GP and four nurses. Overnight care is only provided in the event of awaiting a medical evacuation to Perth. 

Please bring medication in your carry-on luggage as supplies are limited. Ladies, sanitary pads are available but tampons are not.  

The same as mainland Australia – 240V AC 50 cycles, three pin plug.

 

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!

Pete