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The Cocos (Keeling) Islands, the Heart of the Indian Ocean



The Cocos (Keeling) Islands, the Heart of the Indian Ocean View large version Located in the heart of the Indian Ocean, the Cocos (Keeling) Islands are a group of 27 islands formed from 2 atolls. Viewed from above, you will be able to see 26 of the 27 islands forming a horseshoe pattern, protecting a very beautiful lagoon.

There are only two seasons in Cocos Islands. The first season starts in April, with rainfalls, and ends in October. The calmer season stretches from November to April. However, rain is not a common event here as the sun mostly seems to shine. Also, the temperature almost always stays the same and rarely drops below 20 degrees Celsius.

The Cocos Islands are an ideal place to lie around in a hammock and enjoy the gentle breeze and the sound of the waves breaking on the shore of a beautiful white sand beach. The area is very secluded, allowing you to get away from crowds and the maddening noise of the large cities.

Despite being just the right kind of paradise, the Cocos Islands are not populated with resorts, malls, restaurants and souvenir shops. The area still remains wild and untouched, so this destination is perfect for the type of traveler that is not interested in organized activities and prefers to make their own schedule, enjoying the silence and the seclusion most of all. The atmosphere is very laid back and the locals are very friendly.

If you want to explore the West Island, you may want to rent a bike or car. The island is covered with palms but it has roads on which you can travel with your vehicle. Taking in the beauty of these islands is the perfect way to spend an amazing holiday. The swimming beaches on West Island are loved by tourists. If the tide is low, you can even walk to Pulu Maraya, where no inhabitants can be seen.

You can explore the lagoon by embarking on a ferry ride. You can reach Home Island where you can enjoy a little bit of Malay cuisine. There are also many spots for picnicking. The people here, the Cocos Malays, are Muslims, so you will have to dress accordingly.

There are a few spots you may wish to see while visiting Home Island. One is the local museum, giving you the perfect opportunity to learn more about the history of the islands and about the first naval victory of Australia, which meant the sinking of a German raider called SMS Emden. Also, while you're here, don’t forget to visit the Oceania House, where the Clunies-Ross family used to live. Now the house is privately owned.



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