Gallery: Cocos (Keeling) Islands
The Cocos (Keeling) Islands are Australian Territory located 2768 km north west of Perth and 3685 km almost due west of Darwin.
The nearest neighbouring land is Christmas Island (900km NNE) and Java and Sumatra (1000km NE) – its difficult to imagine a more remote area of 14 sq kilometres.
These special Islands were the only coral atolls that Charles Darwin visited in 1836.
A leisurely stroll around the islands will bring you totally back to nature, with swaying palm fronds, a shore line crowded with unusual shells. Amongst the shallow reefs baby snowflake morays, Picasso trigger fish, juvenile sharks and turtles, together with many types of crustacean can be found. For the sharp eyed many different nudibranchs can be spotted, together with beautiful anemones and clown fish.