Cocos Keeling - Profile
- 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.
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.
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