Cocos Islands

LOCAL TIME:
UTC+6.5
LANGUAGE:
English
FLIGHT TIME FROM UK:
17 to 18 Hrs
CURRENCY:
AUD

The Cocos Islands, also known as the Keeling Islands, are a remote Australian territory located in the Indian Ocean, approximately 2,900 kilometers (1,800 miles) northwest of Perth, Western Australia. The islands are known for their pristine beaches, rich marine life, and unique culture.

The official language of the Cocos Islands is English, which is widely spoken and used in government, education, and business. The local population also speaks Malay, reflecting the islands’ history as a former British colony with a significant population of ethnic Malay.

The primary currency used on the Cocos Islands is the Australian dollar (AUD), which is also the official currency of Australia. The exchange rate between the AUD and other currencies fluctuates depending on various factors such as the state of the economy and political events.

The Cocos Islands are in the Cocos Islands Time Zone (CCT), which is 6.5 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC+6.5). The islands do not observe Daylight Saving Time.

There are no direct flights from the UK to the Cocos Islands. The nearest international airport is located in Perth, Western Australia. The flight time from London to Perth is around 17-18 hours, with connecting flights available from Perth to the Cocos Islands.

The main airport on the Cocos Islands is the Cocos Islands Airport (CCK), which is located on West Island, the largest of the 27 coral islands that make up the Cocos Islands. The airport serves both domestic and international flights, and its address is Cocos Islands Airport, West Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, WA 6799, Australia.

Top Local Attractions

Cocos Islands National Park

Cocos Islands National Park is a stunning and diverse nature reserve, known for its pristine beaches, coral reefs, and marine wildlife. Visitors can snorkel, scuba dive, and explore the park's many hiking trails, seeing a variety of rare and endangered species.

Direction Island

Direction Island is a beautiful and secluded island in the Cocos Islands, known for its clear waters, soft sand, and stunning coral reefs. Visitors can swim, snorkel, and relax on the beach, enjoying the peaceful atmosphere and breathtaking views.

West Island

West Island is the largest and most developed island in the Cocos Islands, known for its many amenities and attractions, such as restaurants, shops, and museums. Visitors can learn about the history and culture of the islands, enjoy the beautiful scenery, and take part in a variety of water sports and activities.
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