Silversea Expedition Cruises To Christmas Island

Christmas Island

Pincer-shaped Christmas Island contains 48% of Kiribati's land area and is the world's largest coral atoll. Flying in over its multiple shimmering salt flats and lagoon shallows is a wonderful experience: the dry, windswept landscape of salt bush and coconut palms is glaringly bright and dusty, and impressively desolate. The island is one of the world's great seabird sanctuaries, home to millions of birds of 18 species, and the lagoon hosts a dazzling array of marine life. View more

Captain Cook arrived for a brief visit on 24 December 1777, hence the island's name. Cook found remnants of early Polynesian visitors but no sign of permanent settlement. In the 1880s, it came under the umbrella of British interests in the Pacific, and officially became part of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands colony in 1919. French former priest Emmanual Rougier was granted a coconut-plantation license in 1914. Between 1957 and 1962 Christmas Island was the site for high-altitude hydrogen bomb tests, first by the British and then by the Americans. The tests had no obvious long-term environmental effects on the island and background radiation is now lower than normal levels. More recently, Christmas Island has become the focus of a government initiative to resettle several thousand I-Kiribati from the crowded atoll of Tarawa. There are no organized tours being offered during this call to Christmas island, guests may explore on their own.

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Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii To Papeete, Tahiti
  • South Pacific Islands
  • Silversea Expeditions
  • Departure
    Sep 24, 2018
  • Duration
    18 Days
  • Ship
    Silver Explorer

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