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The fact that virtually every flats fishing angler in North America has heard of Christmas Island is far from coincidence. Amidst the vast inventory of the world’s saltwater flats destinations, Christmas Island is a unique and natural masterpiece that magically combines all the elements critical to fly fishing success. Endless hard sand flats fishing, remarkable numbers of cruising bonefish and trevally, and consistent year-round weather await all who visit this unique atoll. Fly fishing guides at Christmas Island Outfitters have been handpicked for their overall level of experience and skill, calmness under pressure, and instructional abilities. Each day anglers will depart via truck or catamaran for the day’s flats fishing. Virtually all fly fishing entails sight casting to visible fish while wading in shallow water. Christmas Island’s plentiful bonefish average two to four pounds, though each week presents numerous opportunities for larger bonefish in the five to ten pound class. The fly fishing guides at Christmas Island Outfitters are also among the atoll’s most skilled and passionate trevally hunters and love nothing more than to share with their guests the thrill of hooking these monsters. Excellent blue water fishing for tuna, wahoo, and trevally is also available.

Whether you are an experienced saltwater angler or a novice keen on honing your flats fishing skills, Christmas Island Outfitters offers the finest and most intimate angling experience the island has to offer.

Location:
Christmas Island (Kiribati) is located 1,200 miles south of Hawaii.

Fishing Program:
Christmas Island Outfitters head guide is Peter Kairaio. Peter is recognized as one of the island’s top guides.  He is joined by a small group of hand-picked professionals who are amongst the islands most skilled and personable fly fishing guides. All have excellent eyes for spotting fish, calm temperaments under the pressure of sight fishing and are skilled instructors. By design, Christmas Island Outfitters has limited its program to no more than twelve anglers per week. As a result, the lodge boasts a highly flexible flats fishing program that can take full advantage of varying tides and fishing conditions. Each evening Peter will lead a discussion on the program for the following day’s fishing based on the conditions at hand. It is likely that your departure time from the lodge will vary each morning, according to the tides and where you will be fishing.

Transportation to and from the vast flats of Christmas Island is via truck and outrigger. Both are equipped with bench seats, canopies, and rod holders. Each six day fishing week includes anglers reaching the flats either by truck or outrigger depending on the fishing goals for the day.

Fisheries:
Christmas Island is the world’s largest coral atoll and a virtual paradise for stalking bonefish. Having almost single-handedly brought the sport of fly-fishing for bonefish into the public consciousness, Christmas Island remains one of the best destinations in the world for both beginning and advanced saltwater anglers alike. The reasons for this are many. First, the island’s vast hard sand flats enable anglers to wade fish all day in relative solitude. Second, the flats hold great numbers of bonefish that cruise in shallow water, providing anglers with constant opportunities or “shots” throughout their visit. Lastly, but certainly not the least, the atoll’s proximity to the equator (less than 200 miles) has blessed Christmas Island with consistently good weather, which enables a quality fishing experience year round. While the majority of the island’s bonefish average two to four pounds, fish in the five to eight pound class are always a real possibility, as are several species of trevally.

Accommodations and Meals:
Christmas Island Outfitters is a small operation taking a maximum of twelve anglers per week. The lodge is located halfway between the airport and London on a secluded section of beach. Accommodations consist of three split level buildings, each with four separate units. Each room is configured to house two anglers and have a private bathroom. Rooms are very simple, relatively rustic but kept clean and features ample space for your gear. Top floor rooms look out at the vast Pacific Ocean with fantastic ocean breezes that fill your room.  Air conditioning is not required to keep anglers comfortable but all units do have A/C. Your room will be cleaned and restocked with soda, water and beer every day during your stay. Each unit is equipped with screened windows, fans, a small refrigerator, and simple plastic table and chairs. Meals are a very basic and regularly comprise fresh seafood (snapper, tuna & wahoo, lobster, mantis shrimp), chicken, pork, rice, pasta and sometimes steak. Fresh vegetables and fruit are very hard to keep in supply.

There is nothing fancy or luxurious about Christmas Island. Accommodations are very simple and provide a clean, comfortable space to lay your head at night. As you drift off to a restorative sleep each night, you'll listen to the sound of waves crashing on the reef and dream of the next greedy bonefish or cruising trevally to attack your fly. Anglers should think of the facility as a "fish camp" built for one purpose, to provide a functional base camp by which to explore some of the most productive, beautiful and remote flats found anywhere in the world. 

Itinerary:
Monday: Arrive Honolulu and overnight at your elected accommodations (independently arranged, not included).
Tuesday: Depart Honolulu and arrive Christmas Island where you will be transported to the lodge.  
Wednesday through Monday: Six full days of guided fishing.
Tuesday: Depart Christmas Island and arrive Honolulu* for your connecting flight home or points beyond.
*Note:  Please be aware that this flight crosses the International Date Line, so when you depart the island it will be Wednesday, and when you arrive in Honolulu it will be 10:50 AM on Tuesday.  If you are planning on connecting with a flight home from Honolulu the same day, please do not book a flight prior to 1:00 PM to ensure a smooth connection. Anglers will be required to clear customs and immigration, collect baggage, and re-enter the security checkpoint.

Typical Daily Schedule:
6:00 AM: Wake
6:30 AM: Breakfast
7:00 AM: Depart for flats
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM: Guided fishing
5:30 PM: Return to the lodge
7:00 PM: Dinner
**Note:  Please keep in mind that your daily schedule will vary in accordance with tides and your fishing desires.

 

Rates and Details

2017 Rates:
$2,570 per person for a 7 night/6 day package (double occupancy)
$2,945 per person for a 7 night/6 day package (private room and private guide)

Included:  Accommodations, meals, guided fishing, four bottles of water per person per day, ground transportation on Christmas Island.

Not Included:  All airfare to Christmas Island, accommodations/meals/transfers in Honolulu, alcohol and soda, fishing license, staff and guide gratuities, departure taxes
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Species:  Bonefish, three species of trevally, wahoo, tuna

Season:  Year-round

Capacity:  12 anglers

Map: Christmas Island (Kiritimati), Kiribat

Time:  UTC/GMT +14 hours

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Jun 23, 2017

Christmas Island 2017 with Drake Radditz

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Jun 22, 2017

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Jun 14, 2017

The Many Species of Christmas Island

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Apr 27, 2017

The Saltwater’s Best Wading Destinations

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Apr 6, 2017

Christmas Island 2017 Report – Rob Ramsay

It’s quite possible that our dear friend Rob Ramsay may very well be the most experienced non-native Christmas Island angler alive today. We are simply  unaware of any other gringo alive that has spent more weeks fishing this incredible atoll than Rob (and it’s really not even close). Rob spends a month hosting friends and anglers from […]
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Feb 23, 2017

Christmas Island – January 2017 Photos

Dylan Rose is recently back from his 4th trip to Christmas Island Outfitters. Together with Dylan, TV show personality, world angler and San Diego based captain Conway Bowman led a group of 11 great anglers to this remote atoll in the Pacific ocean. The group experienced great weather and some great catches of bonefish, giant trevally, trigger fish, sweet lips snapper, […]
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Feb 9, 2017

Expert Q&A – Christmas Island, Kiribati

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Oct 20, 2016

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Aug 31, 2016

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Aug 4, 2016

Moana Kofe Christmas Island Fund

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Jul 20, 2016

The Loss of a Legend – Moana Kofe

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Apr 14, 2016

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Jul 13, 2015

Fishing Report – It’s Christmas in July!

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Jun 15, 2015

Christmas Island Hosted Trip With Brian Gies

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Apr 15, 2015

Christmas Island – Two is better than one!

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Mar 25, 2015

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Mar 5, 2015

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Apr 28, 2014

Discount Trip – Christmas Island – Aug/Sept 2014

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Apr 25, 2014

Christmas Island Trip Report – April 2014

The Grizzly Hackle Fly Shop group has just returned from a great trip to Christmas Island Outfitters. They were fortunate to experience some great weather and the fish really responded.  Here are some highlights of the trip!      
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Dec 19, 2013

2013 Saltwater Year in Review

What an amazing year it has been at Fly Water Travel! 2013 has been a whirlwind of adventure and we are continually humbled by the passion and patronage of our amazing clientele. Our continuing goal is to visit every destination we promote and 2013 was no different. Members of the Fly Water crew traveled to […]
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Sep 25, 2013

Christmas Island Outfitters – Redington Lost River T

Would you like a great flats shirt and to also help out the Christmas Island guides at the same time? 100% of the profits from the sales of these shirts will go towards purchasing new equipment for the guides (flats boots, hats, tropical flats-wear, tools, etc.). There’s little doubt that the guides at Christmas Island […]
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Mar 27, 2013

Fishing Report – Christmas Island Outfitters Winter 2013

Rob Ramsay hoists a brilliant Golden Trevally from the Christmas Island back country! Part of his annual 3 week trip to the island. Christmas Island Outfitters continues to produce  some of the most productive fishing any of us can remember and this winter has been no exception. With full groups returning every week from the […]
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Dec 28, 2012

2012 in the Rear View!

2012 saw the Fly Water sales crew visit destinations across the Rockies, Montana, Olympic Peninsula, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, Christmas Island, Mexico, Belize, Alaska, British Columbia and the Bolivian jungle. We’re very proud of the fact that we strive to visit every one of the outstanding destinations we represent. This year my fishing travels included […]
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Aug 23, 2012

All I Want From Christmas is a Monster GT!

A true giant comes to the fly a couple of weeks ago for angler Simon Pentz while staying at Christmas Island Outfitters. This may be the largest Giant Trevally ever landed in the back country and these pics might surely keep you up at night. Particularly if you have a trip planned in the near […]
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Jul 6, 2012

Christmas Island Lady Fish!

Fly Water Travel client Dr. John was having a hard time keeping his Chile Pepper bonefish fly attached, as something in the lagoon kept biting it off! It wasn’t long until the legendary guide Moana Kofe determined that the culprits were Lady fish. After the addition of some heavy shock, this wildly acrobatic and hard […]
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Mar 22, 2012

Christmas Island Continues to Deliver

Christmas Island continues to produce this year. Now is the time if this one has been on your bucket list. Please enjoy these fantastic images from recently returned client and photographer Chris Usher. Call Dylan now to lock in prime dates for your Christmas Island adventure: 800-552-2729 All images copyright © 2012 Chris Usher Photography
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Mar 8, 2012

It’s getting hot at Christmas Island!

Fly Water client Erik, has returned from Christmas Island with an impressive catch! For anglers traveling to this extremely remote and rustic atoll in the middle of the Pacific, mass encounters with GT’s and bonefish can be a real game changer! For newbies and saltwater junkies alike, clients traveling here with the right attitude and […]
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Dec 30, 2011

Christmas Island Ammo

Brian and I will be ringing in the new year by chasing Giant Trevally at Christmas Island next week. With all of the exciting reports coming back from the island this winter my vise has been kept busy with monster hooks, copious amounts of bucktail, big feathers and long strands of every type of imaginable […]
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Dec 9, 2011

GT Mania at Christmas Island

We’re seeing some fantastic fishing for Giant Trevally at Christmas Island right now. There is still space available this winter, so dust off those winter doldrums and book a trip with us to the south Pacific. Learn more about: Christmas Island Outfitters Our good friend Erik landed this brute several days ago. Truly a fish […]
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Nov 18, 2011

Monster Christmas Island GT for the Desert Fly Angler

Our good friend Darc Knobel from the Desert Fly Angler recently returned from his annual trip to Christmas Island and returned with these pics of a truly magnificent Giant Trevally. Great work Darc! You had us all drooling over this one. More info on our trips to Christmas Island Outfitters  
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