Ikari House on Christmas Island is a unique and natural operation that magically combines all the elements critical to fly fishing success. Endless hard sand flats, remarkable numbers of cruising fish, the best guides on the island and consistent year-round weather is what awaits all who visit this unique atoll.
Kiritimati, or Christmas Island, is a Pacific Ocean raised coral atoll in the northern Line Islands. It is part of the Republic of Kiribati and lies 1,340 miles from Honolulu. Although it is the largest coral atoll in the whole world it is nothing more than a mere dot on the map surrounded by thousands of miles of ocean. It is this remoteness that has made Christmas Island what it is today.
Christmas Island offers diverse habitats, endless wadable saltwater flats along with miles of offshore fishing that provides unique opportunities for both the novice and the expert fly angler. Christmas Island is one of those locations where you can both fly fish, lure fish or try your hand at jigging and light offshore trolling all at the same location.
For fly fishermen, there are vast numbers of Bonefish. Novice anglers can easily learn the craft of fly-fishing and catch 10 plus 2 to 4 lb fish a day. For the experienced fly angler, the opportunity to cast your fly at large Bonefish over 10 lb also awaits. If you are an experienced fly angler keen on the challenge of Trevally, Giant, Golden, Blue Fin, and Striped await.
Ikari House boasts a highly flexible flats fishing program that can take full advantage of varying tides and fishing conditions. Each evening the head guide will go through the program for the following day’s fishing based on the conditions at hand. It is likely that your departure time from the lodge will vary each morning, according to the tides and where you will be fishing. In the morning you will depart the lodge by truck to your fishing boat, this journey takes no more than five minutes. You will then depart with your guide for a full days fishing which is normally inside the huge lagoon and done on foot, wadding the endless hard bottom flats.
We also have two other options available during your week. One is fishing backcountry, which entails taking a boat to the back of the huge lagoon. Once you arrive at this protected area you will then carry on fishing by foot, wading the edges of the lagoon and Milkfish farm. The second is fishing around the outside of the island in between the shoreline and the outer reef. At the right time of tide, fish move in from the outer reef to take advantage of the exposed feeding areas. If you wish to target the other big species such as the Milkfish, Tuna and Sailfish you will be fishing from a boat in the blue ocean outside the protecting reef either drifting in the current lines casting at hundreds of Milkfish or trolling around drop-offs.
Our guides are highly skilled in the pursuit of all species Christmas Island has to offer. They have been fishing and guiding these flats for many years and know which flats to be on for certain tides and certain moon phases. The guides are also among the atoll’s most skilled and passionate guides and love nothing more than to share with you their knowledge. Our standard fishing packages are based on two customers to each guide and per boat. However, we do have additional guides and single boats available for an upgrade should you wish more one to one attention or learn more saltwater fly fishing skills.
If you have any questions on our Christmas Island saltwater fishing trips contact our team who will be happy to help you with any queries you have. Alternatively, you can request a free brochure or view our other saltwater fly fishing destinations.