Iwalani's Voyage Around the World
Map of Christmas Island

Christmas Island is Australian territory lying between Sumatra and Java at about 10 degrees 25 minutes south and 105 degrees 43 minutes east. The island is the top of the extinct volcano. It was sited early in the 17th-century and later named Christmas Island on Christmas day 1643. Britain took control of the island in 1870s when phosphate was discovered. After World War II the Australian and New Zealand governments bought the mining company. 2,300 people live on Christmas Island. While mining dominates the island economy, tourism is being developed. Mostly of the island and the surrounding reef is now a National Park, which attracts eco-tourists from around globe. The best weather is found during the Southeast trade wind season, from April to November. The remainder of the year is a Northwest monsoon season.