Interesting things about Coconut Islands

Interesting things about Coconut Islands

1. Coconut Islands is the smallest country in Asia.

2. Coconut Islands are among those countries that are commonly referred to as dwarf countries.

3. This small state is located in the Indian Ocean and consists of 27 tiny coral islands.

4. The country got its second name Keeling after Captain William Keeling, who first stumbled upon these islands.

5.A little later, the Cocos Islands were a British colony, and closer to the 19th century, they were permanently ceded to Australia, so the country of Cocos Islands is administered by Australia.

6. Geographically it is not even a country, but a group of small islands, of which there are about 27 in total. Moreover, only 2 islands are inhabited.

7. Of the 27 islands, only two are inhabited – Home and West Island, the rest are for tourist trips and secluded vacations.

8. This island nation is not bordered by anyone, with the Australian mainland being its closest neighbors.

9. The area of the country is only 14 square kilometers.

10. The surface of the islands is flat, the highest point above sea level reaches only 5 meters.

WEST ISLAND IS THE CAPITAL OF THE COCONUT ISLANDS

11. The capital of the Cocos Islands and the largest city is West Island.

12.This town is located on the island of the same name, and most of the country’s population lives there.

13. The area of this island is only 6.2 square kilometers, so there is only a hospital, a few cafes and hotels, a small market, a pier, a beach and an airport.

14.The rest of the space is planted with palm plantations.

15. There is very little fresh water here, mainly rainwater is used for drinking, which is collected in special underground tanks.

16. Officially the flag of the country is the Australian flag but unofficially Malaysians everywhere hang their own on which a green cloth decorated with a coconut palm, a half moon and the Southern Cross.

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17.The latter symbol is generally characteristic of the land here, the crescent being an image of the faith of the Malays, and the coconut palm being what the locals do for most of their lives.

18. Most of the people in this country (80%) are Malay. The rest of the population is from Australia, India, and other Asian countries.

19.The Malays of the Cocos Islands adhere to a separate branch of Islam.

20. Almost all of the country’s inhabitants speak Malay.

21.And since the Cocos Islands were formerly a British colony, English is also spoken here. The tourist infrastructure is developing here.

COCOS ISLANDS AIRPORT

22. The main occupations of the inhabitants of the Cocos Islands are the cultivation of palm plantations, the maintenance of the airport, and the production of copra (dried coconuts).

23. Visitors to the islands can visit the museum on Home Island. The museum exhibit tells about the history, development, culture and traditions of the islanders since the beginning of the settlement of the island.

24.In the southwest of the capital island is the Oceania House, where rare inhabitants of the sea depths are collected.

25. Diving enthusiasts can dive off the coast of West Island and other sparsely populated islands.

WEST ISLAND

26. Home and West Island are the islands most often visited by tourists.

27.The other islands are either underdeveloped or very small.

28. For example, the area of the islands of Waplace, Siwola or Middle Mission is only 100 meters.

29. For an exotic vacation, the islanders offer tours to the desert island of Prison. Tourists are taken there on homemade wooden boats.

30.On the island you can see old sea turtles, tropical birds, butterflies and bats. Here you can relax in solitude on the picturesque wild beach.

31. The climate on the Cocos Islands is humid tropical. For more than half a year the country has hot, warm weather. Seasonal variations are slight, and the seasons are sparse.

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32. Precipitation is rare, mainly from October to April, during which time there is a cyclone season.

33.Cyclones form in the Indian Ocean and crash down on the island with air masses.

34.The average temperature is 20-27 degrees Celsius, with little variation throughout the year.

35.The most favorable time to travel to the Cocos Islands is from May to September. During this time, it is hot, but the increased humidity keeps people from feeling the heat.

36. Since the islands are small, there are very few attractions. Most tourists are invited to visit the archipelago of North Kiling, which is Pulu Kiling Reserve.

37.It occupies the entire territory of the atoll. Tourists can enjoy the beautiful nature of the reserve and see the water area with an adjacent lagoon.

38. Next to the reserve Pulu Keeling at a shallow depth is a sunken ship.

39. It is free to visit the wild beaches here, but they usually do not provide any service. If you want to relax on a clean white coast, you have to pay for entrance to the beach.

Sunbeds can be taken on the beach, but also a money. On the beach should wear rubber flip-flops, so as not to hurt yourself with shards of shells.

41. There is a very picturesque park on the southeast side of West Island that is perfect for hiking tours.

42.The park is home to dense palm plantations, and the tours teach tourists all about coconuts and the working lives of the islanders.

43. Because of the small size of the island there is no public transport. There is a small bus in the capital and its route covers only a few districts.

44. Islanders move on scooters, ATVs and small cars which remind golf-cars. Large modern cars are here too, but they are very few, as well as roads and road signs.

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45.Between the islands ply boats, but want them not often. Regular water connections are established only between the two major island towns of Home and West Island.

46.On their own tourists can not get to the more remote uninhabited islands, to get there will have to negotiate with locals who have their own boats.

47.The distance between the islands is short, but not enough strength to swim there. The only airport is in the capital, and it receives several planes a week.

48. On an Australian visa to stay in the Cocos Islands can be no more than 90 days.

49. The holidays in Cocos Islands: January 1 – New Year, January 26 – Australia Day. These are all national holidays celebrated by islanders. In addition, it is customary to celebrate religious holidays on the Cocos Islands, but their dates are different every year.

50. Coconut Island is a vacation on the shores of the ocean in the shade of dense palm trees, the light breeze barely touches the skin, the sun is at its zenith and it is hot all year round.

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