Christmas Island is one of the world’s most extraordinary nature destinations.
Our tiny island’s remote location between Asia and Australia has produced an intense concentration of plants and animals, many of which aren’t found anywhere else on the planet. This huge biodiversity means that Christmas Island is often referred to as ‘the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean’.
The island is also known as the kingdom of the crabs. You can see more than 20 different land crabs here, including the enormous robber crab. But our best-known crustaceans are the tens of millions of red crabs, whose annual migration from the rainforest to the ocean is one of the world’s great natural spectacles.
Protecting all of these natural marvels is essential, so national park staff run a number of conservation programs to preserve the island’s unique and fragile ecosystems.