Christmas Island National Park, Christmas Island

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Christmas Island National Park is a national park occupying most of Christmas Island, an Australian territory in the Indian Ocean southwest of Indonesia. The park is home to many species of animal and plant life, including the eponymous red crab, whose annual migration sees around 100 million crabs move to the sea to spawn. Christmas Island is the only nesting place for the endangered Abbott's booby and critically endangered Christmas Island frigatebird, and the wide range of other endemic species makes the island of significant interest to the scientific community.HistoryConcerns were expressed in the early 1970s about the effect of phosphate mining on the flora and fauna of Christmas Island. A particular focus was on the habitat of Abbott's booby (Papasula abbotti), which appeared in danger of extinction. In 1974 a governmental committee examined the environmental impact of mining and other commercial activities and advised on measures to protect the island. The committee's recommendation that an area of the island be set aside for conservation was implemented in a series of measures culminating in the establishment of the Christmas Island National Park on 21 February 1980 under the terms of the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act 1975.
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  • Christmas Island is truly amazing with plenty to offer for the person who just wants to be in an unspoiled paradise. You can walk short or long trails. Of course wear sensible footwear and insect repe...  more »
  • I visited Christmas Islands north of Fiji om my way to Hawaii. Wonderful fisihng location, this amazing pacific atol. Now re-named Kiritimati. It is the largest coral atoll in the world (150 square mi...  more »
  • Quiet, untouched beauty. Gorgeous beaches and forests full of rare crabs and birds. Phenomenal cave systems. Most of the time we were exploring without sight of any other human being. Be careful though. These are not your usual tourist trails. Many are difficult to traverse and it is easy to get lost. Travel with others and let people know where you are going. One of my favorite all time places!!
  • A wonderfully unique experience in a pristine environment

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