Flying Fish Cove

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Map of Christmas Island showing the location of Flying Fish Cove 'The Settlement'
Flying Fish Cove

Flying Fish Cove (Chinese: 飛魚灣 (Fēiyú wān), Malay: Pantai Ikan Terbang) is the capital city and main settlement of Australia's Christmas Island. Although it was originally named after British survey-ship Flying-Fish, many maps simply label it “The Settlement”.[1] It was the first British settlement on the island, established in 1888.

About a third of the territory's total population of 1,600 lives in Flying Fish Cove, which lies near the north-eastern tip of the island. There is a small harbour which serves tourists with yachts. It is possible to carry out recreational diving at the settlement's beach.[2]


  1. ^ Christmas Island settlement [electronic resource] / produced by the Royal Australian Survey Corps under the direction of the Chief of the General Staff. Ed. 2-AAS. Canberra : Royal Australian Survey Corps, 1983. Scale 1:10 000 transverse Mercator proj. “Series R911”
  2. ^ Western Mail (Perth, WA : 1885 - 1954). 19 January 1917. See page 24, article and photo

Further reading[edit]

  • Golder Associates.(1995) Landslide risk assessment, Flying Fish Cove, Christmas Island, Indian Ocean : submitted to Australian Construction Services. Leederville, W.A. : Golder Associates. "October 1995"

Coordinates: 10°25′18″S 105°40′41″E / 10.42167°S 105.67806°E / -10.42167; 105.67806