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Communications

There is a Post Office on the island. The fact sheet gives the current opening hours.

There are public telephones and Phone cards are available at the West Island Telecentre and the Post Office.

See the main Communications section for details of WiFi hotspots and mobile phone hire.

Post Office
Community Resource Centre , Home Island
Tel:+61 8 9162 6645 / +61 9162 7500
Opening hours: subject to change
Limited souvenirs and postcards.

Banks

Banks Basic banking facilities provided by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia are available on both Islands. Home Island. Open Tues and Thurs 07:30-13:00. West Island, in the Cocos Beach Motel complex. Open Wed 08:00-13:00.

Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Community Resorce Centre, Home Island
Tel:+61 8 9162 6640
Opening hours: Tuesday, Thursday 7.30am-1.00pm
Basic banking facilities are available. No currency exchange. Money withdrawl only with CBA bank card.

Provisions

There are three small shops located on Home Island. Shop hours are very limited as are fresh fruit and vegetables. Supplies on Home Island are almost on par with West Island, except for alcoholic beverages.

Supermarkets
Pre-order your provisions through the Cocos Islands Co-operative Society.
Some fresh produce arrives with each flight and is available in the store the following day. On the other hand, when the supply ship arrives and the containers are finally unloaded, what can only be described as a feeding frenzy occurs at the store.

Home Island Supermarket, stocks mostly Asian type food. Open Mon-Fri 08:30-15:00, Wed pm 15:00-19:30, Sat 08:30-12:00. Tel: +61 9162 7605.

Asian Imports, Home Island small business centre, offering Asian gourmet foods, drinks, frozen foods and clothing. Open Mon-Fri. Tel: +61 9162 7636.

Asian Imports
Home Island small business centre
Tel:+61 8 9162 7636
Opening hours: Mon-Fri
Asian gourmet foods, drinks, frozen foods and clothing.
Home Island Trading
Home Island small business centre
Opening hours: Mon-Fri
Asian gourmet foods, souvenirs, fishing tackle, manchester, material and cool drinks.

Transport & Travel

Airports
West Island Airport. The Islands are serviced by bi-weekly flights (currently Mondays and Fridays) to and from Perth, Western Australia.

Airlines
National Jet Systems, Tel: +61 9162 6695. Tickets should be booked early as the service is heavily utilised.

Bike Hire
A great way to see both Home and West Islands.
Home Island Bike Hire, please ask the ferryman.
Cocos Surf Shop, located in the Airport Complex West Island. Tel: +61 9162 6768.

Buses
A local bus service from West Island Settlement to the jetty operates approximately 20 minutes prior to the departure of the ferry to Home Island.

Car Rental
All on West Island.
A Car Rental, Geoff Christie, Tel: +61 9162 7646.
Cocos Autos, Digger & John, Tel: +61 9162 7661.
AW & KJ James Car Hire, Ash or Kylie, Tel: +61 9162 7717.

Ferries
Timetables are available from the Tourism office or the Duty Free Shop. Between West Island and Home Island, ferries run Mon-Sat several times per day (5 to 6 times). The journey between islands takes half an hour. There is an evening service on Wednesdays. Cost Au$2/person/trip. The bus from West Island dock to the settlement (7km) is Au$0.50.

To Direction Island from West Island, ferries run on Thursday and Saturday morning, via Home Island. The ferry returns in the afternoon to West Island.

Home Island Bike Hire
Bike hire. Ask the ferryman. AUD$5.00/half day.

Medical/Health

Dental Clinic
Tel:+61 8 9162 7611
Emergency treatment only.
Health Centre
Located on the ocean side of Home Island on the eastern edge of the settlement. , Home Island
Tel:+61 9162 7609 / +61 8 9162 6655
Opening hours: 8.00am-4.00pm (Mon-Fri)
The clinic is open daily. Appointments necessary.

Attractions

The small museum always appears closed and doesn't have opening hours posted on it. This is because you have to ask for the key at the Shire Office, nearby. Apparently it is worth a visit. Perhaps a future visiting cruiser can suggest to the Shire Office that they post a notice about the opening policy on the door of the museum?

The old Oceania House, home of the original plantation owners, has recently been bought and renovated. Tours of the house, including tea and cake, and overnight stays are possible: info@oceaniahousecocosisland.com

Tourist Information
Tel:+61-8-9162 6790

Restaurants & Bars

Restaurants - Lunch 11;30-13:00 & Dinner 18:00-20:00. Malay cuisine is a selection of rice, noodles, curry and chilli, featuring chicken, beef, lamb and seafood dishes. Food is prepared to be flavoursome and not particularly hot, unless requested. Meals are reasonably priced.

Bunga Melati on Home Island in the small business centre. Tel: +61 9162 7633. Bookings are essential. Strictly no alcohol.

Bunga Melati
small business centre, Home Island
Tel:+61 8 9162 7633
Booking required. Strictly no alcohol.
SBright
SBright says:
Sep 09, 2015 12:57 AM

September 2015: Currently, no quarantine rubbish (i.e.anything not bought in Cocos) is permitted to be disposed of in any of the Cocos islands. Apparently, an incineration facility is planned for the future. Yachts are expected to take their rubbish away with them.

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