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Captain Cook Hotel

The Captain Cook Hotel has 24 twin-bedded rooms plus six bungalows all with private shower and toilet. Rooms have coffee making facilities plus refrigerators, and some rooms have air-conditioning for a surcharge. There is a dining room, a market and a private beach just steps away from the guest rooms. Christmas Island has become one of the most popular year-round destinations for bone fishing. It is perhaps the best bone fishing in the world, with vast numbers of fish on easily waded, hard white sand flats. Experienced flats anglers will often average 15 to 20 bonefish a day with a 30-plus fish day possible. Most of these fish will average about three pounds and several could be in the six to nine pound range. Adding to the excitement are three different kinds of trevally -- giant, blue, and striped -- that are taken on the flats while bone fishing, and also along the lagoon edges and in the surf. Trevally are very strong fish that strike savagely at or near the surface. The weather is remarkably dependable. The island is only 119 miles north of the equator. Year-round daytime highs are in the mid-80's, while evening lows are typically 72 degrees with a light breeze. Weather will seldom interfere with your fishing enjoyment. Flats fishing here is almost entirely wading and does require some self-reliance in terms of stalking, spotting and casting to fish. The guides will wade and assist in spotting. Anglers are transported to the numerous expansive flats, whether in comfortably outfitted light trucks or in one of several lagoon "punts" -- large flat-bottomed boats that are also used for trevally fishing in the protected waters of the lagoon. This destination is one of the best "First-Timers" destinations.

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