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Location

Direction Island lies 1.5NM north of Home Island.

It is advisable to follow the channel markers when moving between Direction Island and Home Island as there are numerous shallow areas and coral outcrops along the route.

Whilst Direction Island has nothing ashore, this is where the main yacht anchorage is located.

Position 12° 05'28"S, 096°53'01"E (anchorage)

Clearance

For full clearance information on Cocos Keeling go to Formalities.

Getting to West Island to clear in and out requires the use of a ferry and your dinghy. See comment below by Jpaulstephens with information on ferry times and logistics.

Docking

Holding in the anchorage is good, there is not much shelter from the SE Winds, but there is little swell in the lagoon.

There are several shelters along the edge of the beach. Two of which have large rain-water butts attached which store the roof run-off. Also, there are toilets ashore, with toilet paper provided.

There is a WiFi router in the main shelter where you can sign up for internet online and pay by credit card. The connection is not fast but is useable from the anchorage.

No garbage can currently be disposed of anywhere in Cocos Keeling. Yachts must take everything away with them.

Mosquitoes are a real problem on Direction Island (although this tends to be seasonal); bring plenty of bug spray!

Last updated November 2017.

Jpaulstephens
Jpaulstephens says:
Oct 08, 2017 06:29 AM

We were delighted to find Wi-Fi in the shelter. Very useful! Getting to West island to clearin/out was less easy especially as there was no consensus on the ferry timetable. I have since laminated one and attached to the notice board. There is a ferry from Direction to Home island on Saturday a.m. at 10:00 but the connections don't really work to get back again. So it's best to dinghy the 1.5nm to Home island giving the chance if the last ferry back from West island at 16:00. Ferry is AU $3.50 single or $5.00 return. The bus meets the ferry for $0.50... everything shuts at 15:00 on Saturday and there were no cafe or bar open. The community Centre was helpful with Wi-Fi, and the shop reasonably stocked.

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