The fact that virtually every fly angler in America has heard of Christmas Island is far from coincidence. Amidst the vast inventory of the world’s saltwater destinations, Christmas Island is a unique natural masterpiece that magically, as if designed by committee, combines all the elements critical to fly-fishing success: 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, we invite you to join us for the finest and most intimate angling experience the island has to offer.
Christmas Island Location:
Located 1,200 miles south of Hawaii and 200 miles north the Equator in the Republic of Kiribati (pronounced Kiribas), Christmas Island is the world’s largest coral atoll. Visiting anglers typically spend Monday night in Hawaii and depart Tuesday at noon for a 3 hour flight to Christmas Island. Upon arrival the group will be greeted and taken to the secluded beachfront lodge.
Christmas Island Accommodation:
Catering to no more than eight anglers per week, accommodations at Christmas Island Outfitters consist of four private bungalows that sleep two anglers each. 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.
Christmas Island Fishing Program:
All guides at Christmas Island Outfitters have been hand picked for their overall level of experience and skill, calmness under pressure, and instructional abilities. We feel that visitors will be hard pressed to find a better crew of saltwater fly-fishing guides anywhere in the world.
Each day anglers will depart via truck or catamaran for the day’s fishing. While standard packages include one guide for every two anglers, one on one guiding is available at a reasonable additional cost. Virtually all fishing will be done while wading and entails sight casting to visible fish in shallow water. Christmas Island’s plentiful bonefish average 2-4 pounds with each week presenting numerous opportunities at larger specimens in the 5-10 pound class.
For anglers keen on the challenge of trevally, (giant, golden, blue fin, and striped) the guides at Christmas Island Outfitters are highly skilled and passionate in their pursuit. While a somewhat higher stakes game than bonefishing, the results are often spectacular!
Christmas Island Travel:
To get to Christmas Island you will need to make travel arrangements to and from Honolulu, Hawaii and also hotel arrangements in Honolulu. All trips to Christmas Island start and end in Honolulu. You should plan to arrive in Honolulu on Monday. Most guests prefer to stay at the Honolulu Airport Hotel (808-836-0661). The flight to Christmas Island departs Honolulu Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. from the Aloha Airline inter-island terminal. It is essential to arrive at the Airport two hours before your flight. The following Tuesday the return flight from Christmas Island typically leaves about 7:30 a.m. and arrives in Honolulu at 10:30 a.m. Due to the somewhat unpredictable nature of the arrival time on your return flight we recommend that you schedule your flight out of Honolulu to leave after 12:00 or 12:30 p.m.
Accommodations, meals, guide fees, Christmas Island ground transfers, flats transportation, and fishing license.
Round trip flight from Honolulu to Kiribati, alcoholic beverages, gratuities ($20-30 per guide per day and $5-10 per day for room service plus Island departure tax).