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Cocos (keeling) Island Guide
What are the best restaurants and cafes in Cocos Island?
Saltmakers Cafe has something for anyone headed away with plane tickets to Cocos Island. Come here in the morning for delicious fruit smoothies, a hearty breakfast and freshly baked goods. If you're around town for lunch, the cafe serves up toasties, pizza and more. On Friday nights, come to Saltmakers for the diner’s fish and chips night. Don't want to miss the sunset? Saltmakers has takeaway options too, for those travellers that want to eat on the run or on the nearby beach.
Travelling with the whole family with on cheap flights to Cocos Island? Put the Cocos Club on your radar for meals out. It's family-friendly and is open seven nights a week. The kids can play a game of pool or table tennis while you wait for your food. If you’re around on a Tuesday, Cocos serves chicken or eggplant parmigiana and woodfired pizzas on Sundays.
Maxi's By The Sea
Maxi's By the Sea is an adorable coffee shop with stunning views of the ocean. Come here in the day for a cup of coffee and snack on light meals like sandwiches, wraps and home-baked muffins. When you arrive from your flights to Cocos Island, book a table here on Monday for pasta evening or on Thursdays for home-style cooked meals.
What's on in Cocos Island?
Headed away on return flights to Cocos Island with the kids in tow, and already planning what you might do while on holiday? Try timing your trip around Pirate Week. This happens in July and sees pirate-fever sweep across the island with a week’s worth of events, activities and celebrations, such as buried treasure hunts, raft building and pirate-themed parties. Those particularly keen to get involved should make a point to disembark their flights to Cocos Islands already wearing their pirate garb - and receive a free drink at the Cocos Club!
The Barefoot Ball is an annual event hosted by the West Island Yacht Club. Schedule your flights to Cocos Islands for August and dance on the beach until the early hours of the morning. There's live music, and you're encouraged to leave your shoes at the entrance. Besides the dancing, dinner is prepared by talented chefs using only local ingredients. 2020 dates are TBC.
Act of Self-Determination Festivities
Want to learn more about Cocos Islands’ unique culture? Search for your airfare to Cocos Island for April travel and land in time to attend the Act of Self-Determination Festivities. The event celebrates the islands' residents voting to become a territory of Australia. Each year, there are family-friendly activities such as traditional dancing, jukong sailing boat races, basket weaving and even an island-wide pillow fight. Foodies buying flights to Cocos Island over this period won't be disappointed either. There are dozens of food stalls serving up delicious Cocos Malay food. If you do decide to come, don't miss the fire show held on the Home Island foreshore.
What are the best places to stay in Cocos Island?
If you’re looking for stunning ocean-side accommodation, browse hotels on West Island. Book your cheap flights to Cocos Island with Webjet and you can opt for an airfare and accommodation deal for the area. West Island is where you’ll find Cocos (Keeling) Island Airport (CCK). Travellers will also be within walking distance of restaurants and while most people who buy tickets to Cocos Island stay here, the atmosphere is usually relaxed.
If you want to stay somewhere different, there are accommodation options on Home Island. When your flights to Cocos Island land at Cocos (Keeling) Island Airport (CCK), you’ll need to take a ferry ride across the lagoon. The island a unique part of the islands and is a contrast to West Island. It’s a good option for travellers who want to learn more about the Coco Malay culture and broaden their knowledge of the island’s history.