1. Deepquest

    di , il 1/7/2003 00:00

    Salve a tutti.

    Ho girato il mondo in lungo e largo e adesso vorrei recarmi sull'isola di Cocos Island.

    Mi farebbe piacere conoscere se altri hanno già posato il piede e come andata.

    Utile sapere anche le condizioni climatiche.

    Grazie.

  2. Turista Anonimo
    , 3/7/2003 00:00
    http://www.cocos-tourism.cc/index.htm

    About Cocos:
    The Cocos (Keeling) group comprises twenty-seven coral islands forming two atolls. The northern atoll is a single uninhabited island, North Keeling. The main atoll is 24km to the south and is a horseshoe chain of islands encircling a lagoon. This atoll contains five major islands, including the only inhabited islands in the Territory- Home and West Island.

    Location:
    Situated 2768km northwest of Perth and 3685km west of Darwin. Cocos is an islolated speck in the Indian Ocean, its only ‘neighbour’ being Christmas Island, some 950km to the east.

    History and Culture:
    Discovered in 1609 by Captain William Keeling of the East India Company. Uninhabited until 1825 with first settlement established by Englishman William Hare. In 1827 John Clunies-Ross arrived with his own family and by 1831 was in sole possession of the islands. Labourers were brought in to improve existing coconut stands at a time of flourishing copra trade. In 1978 the Australian government purchased the Clunies-Ross interests in the Territory and on 6 April 1984 the Cocos community, in an act of Self-Determination, chose to integrate with Australia.
    The Malay community traces their ancestral roots to east Africa, China, Java, Borneo and Malacca. The Muslim faith is strictly observed and a local dialect of Malay is spoken. English is widely understood.

    Getting there:
    The islands are serviced with two flights per week from Perth. Contact your travel agent for current schedules.

    Visa/Passport requirements:
    Neither document is required for travel to Cocos for Australian citizens.

    Money:
    Local currency is the Australian dollar. Bankcard, Mastercard and Visa are well accepted and traveller’s cheques can be cashed in at the local Commonwealth Bank agency. Basic banking is available Monday and Wednesday mornings. No ATM facilities exist.

    Post Office:
    Facilities available with limited trading hours on Monday, Thursday and Friday.

    Transport:
    Car and bike hire available. A local bus service operates on West Island and a free inter-island ferry service runs regularly between West and Home Island. Mainland traffic laws apply.

    Climate:
    Cocos enjoys a balmy tropical climate throughout the year ideally suited to outdoor pursuits. Temperatures rarely exceed 32c or fall below 20c and showery rain falls most often during the night. Annual rainfall is almost 2000mm. Tropical cyclone season runs from 1 November to 30 April and can be puncutated by periods of sultry weather and light winds. The remainder of the year is dominated by the south-east trade winds that consistently exceed 15 knots. The Bureau of Meterology operates a staffed weather station on West Island and visitors are welcome.

    Clothing and Footwear:
    Comfortable and casual! Open footwear is best, although shoes are useful for beach combing and reef walking. Visitors to Home Island should be mindful of the need to dress conservatively. Swimwear, hat and sunscreen are a must. A light raincoat is a handy inclusion.

    Accommodation:
    Varies from the motel style accommodation to self catering cottages and houses. See your travel agent for details.

    Dining out:
    Tropica Restaurant and Cafe Mutiara on West Island. Bunga Melati and House 26 serving Cocos Malay delicacies on Home Island. Club foodnights every third Friday.

    Shopping:
    Supermarket operates Monday to Friday and during plane arrivals on Sunday. A range of souvenirs, clothing, and sporting equipment available from small retail outlets.

    General:
    Excellent health service on both islands. Three TV stations, local and mainland radio and the school library for quieter moments. Cocos Club for meeting the locals, a social drink and occasional live music.
  3. Emilio Carosella
    , 1/7/2003 00:00
    Salve a tutti.
    Ho girato il mondo in lungo e largo e adesso vorrei recarmi sull'isola di Cocos Island.
    Mi farebbe piacere conoscere se altri hanno già posato il piede e come andata.
    Utile sapere anche le condizioni climatiche.
    Grazie.