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By No owner — last modified Sep 07, 2015 11:46 AM

 Cocos Keeling - Profile

Facts

  • The Cocos Keeling Islands consist of two atolls, North Keeling and South Keeling, comprising 27 low coral islands, most of them clustered around South Keeling's lagoon. Most of the smaller islands are uninhabited. Cocos Keeling is an Australian territory.
  • The islands are a convenient stop for westbound yachts in the South Indian Ocean.
  • Direction Island is uninhabited and has almost no facilities. This is where the yacht anchorage is located.
  • Home Island has about 500 inhabitants of Malaysian descent. Appropriate conservative dress should be worn when visiting Home Island in consideration of the residents' religon. Home Island has some shops and fuel and propane is available.
  • West Island is the commercial centre with police & customs, airport, a dive shop, fuel, provisions and other tourist facilities.
  • Getting work done: The island contractors are resourceful but not many are marine focused. There is a limited boat repair facility on Home Island, but for emergency work only.
  • Provisions: Most products are shipped or flown in, so the prices reflect that. Avoid buying all but the necessities.

Weather

The islands are under the influence of the SE trade winds for most of the year. The winds are strongest in August. During the cyclone season, from December to March, the winds are lighter. The islands are rarely affected by tropical storms.

There is an Australian Bureau of Meteorology office on West Island. They can be contacted by telephone from Home Island and will assist with forecast information.

Cocos Keeling Weather Forecast

For links to free global weather information, forecast services and extreme weather information see the Noonsite Weather Page

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SBright says:
Sep 05, 2015 01:46 AM

Using broadband radar over-layed on the Navionics Gold electronic charts, we found that the chart was precisely accurate. There is an error in the positioning of the entrance waypoint on the plan of Direction Island in the Indian Ocean Crossing Guide. The plan shows the waypoint to be at the seaward end of the leading lines to West Island but, when plotted, it is 0.28M east of the leading lines. The waypoint is still a perfectly safe place to head for, although the boat will be closer to the land than the plan suggests.

In September 2015 there is now buoyage (unlit) to help you in to the anchorage: From the IO Crossing Guide waypoint, head S and then SE towards the first tall post with a red can top. Leave that post to port and then turn towards the anchorage. If you have good light, you'll see a band of reef ahead of you. Identify the smaller post with a green triangle on top as this marks the area of deeper water over the reef. Keep the post close on your starboard side. We found the depths to be either equal to or more than those marked on the Navionics Gold chart. There are lots of small reefs in the anchorage but they are all deep until close inshore.

Anchor west of the jetty to keep out of the ferry / recreation zone.

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