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Ikari House | Saltwater Fishing | Christmas Island

Tour code: CHR002
Category: Popper & Jig Fishing, Saltwater Fly Fishing

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.

Ikari House

Our accommodation is very comfortable, there are currently 10 air-conditioned rooms with two single beds each. A queen size bed is available in one room. There are en-suite bathrooms with hot water available. There is an outside area to sit and relax after the day’s fishing. Fresh water rinsing facilities are available for yourself and your tackle.

The rooms are convertible for single and double occupancy. In addition, they have tables, chairs, 110v and 240v outlet power plugs, portable drawers and wardrobe racks. A thatch-roofed local maneaba, situated in the back of the main facility, serves as the bar and dining lounge for meals and entertainment, luau and afternoon drinks.

The food is good and ample the evening meal will consist of mostly fish with plenty of vegetables and salad. Meat is also served regularly and lobster can be a special treat! Lunch is gourmet sandwiches, packed in ice in the ice chest or cooler box on board the boat. There is plenty of ice cold water there too. Breakfast is a large cooked American style meal. A small plate of pre-dinner canapés are served soon after you arrive back from fishing in the evenings. Sashimi is often served here.

Soft drinks and beer can be purchased at reasonable rates (an honesty system). Tea and coffee is available all the time at the lodge.

Board: Full Board
Rooms: Single & twin rooms
Internet: WiFi (Free)
Laundry: Free
Power: 220 volt
Air Conditioning: In rooms
Meals: In dinning room
Cash Accepted: American dollar
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort

This hotel has everything you need for your overnight stays in Hawaii and also makes a great resort for those looking to extend your holiday with additional days in Hawaii.

TripAdvisor reviewers rate Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort among the top 10 hotels in Honolulu. This is because there are no resort fees, stunning ocean views from an amazing location on Waikiki Beach and fresh catch prepared food at the Ocean House Restaurant. You can dine on grill-your-own steaks at the beachfront Shore Bird and sip a refreshing Mai Tai by the pool. Every night you can enjoy a Hawaiian-style jam at KaniKa Pila Grille and learn to play the ukulele with our daily cultural activities.

Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort’s 635 beautifully appointed rooms and suites welcome you with air-conditioned comfort, Wi-Fi and cable Internet access, direct-dial telephone/voice mail, and 32″ LCD TV. Choose premium oceanfront or ocean view rooms.

Board: Room only
Rooms: Single, twin & doubles
Telephone: In room
Internet: WiFi
Laundry: Chargeable
Power: 110 volt
Air Conditioning: Throughout hotel
Meals: Onsite restaurant
Alcohol: Hotel bar
Shop: Gift shops
Cards Accepted: Credit & debit
Cash Accepted: US Dollar
Species Information
Season: All year
Peak: October to February
Weight: 1lb to 13lb
Average Weight: 3lb
Bluefin Trevally
Season: All year
Peak: October to February
Weight: 1lb to 40lb
Average Weight: 8lb
Giant Trevally
Season: All year
Peak: August to February
Weight: 5lb to 140lb
Average Weight: 37lb
Season: All year
Peak: August to February
Weight: 1lb to 30lb
Average Weight: 3lb
Season: All year
Peak: November to December
Weight: 5lb to 30lb
Average Weight: 7lb
Suggested Itinerary

The below itinerary is a set itinerary due to flights from Hawaii to Christmas Island only being available once a week. However, you can extend your stay in either Hawaii or LA if required, as there are flights going from/to the UK – LA every day, as well as flights from/to LA – Hawaii everyday.

DAY 1: (Monday)

Depart UK (alternative routes available)
Arrive Los Angeles
Depart Los Angeles
Arrive Honolulu

On arrival transfer to your Hawaii Hotel by taxi.

Overnight Accommodation: Hawaii Hotel (Twin Rooms) R/O

DAY 2: (Tuesday) 

After breakfast catch a taxi to the airport.

Depart Honolulu

DAY 3: (Wednesday) 

Arrive Christmas Island (Note: this is only a 3 hour flight from Honolulu but you cross the International Date Line)

Overnight Accommodation: Christmas Island Lodge (Twin Rooms) F/B

DAY 4: (Thursday) Fishing Day. 

In the morning leave for a full days fishing with guides.  Fishing based on 2 anglers per boat each day.

Overnight Accommodation: Christmas Island Lodge (Twin Rooms) F/B

DAY 5: (Friday) Fishing Day. 

Fishing can be either fly-fishing, popper, jigging or trolling.

The fishing is so varied, you can do different things each day.

Overnight Accommodation: Christmas Island Lodge (Twin Rooms) F/B

DAY 6: (Saturday) Fishing Day. 

Each day you depart via boat for the day’s fishing.

Virtually all fishing will be done while wading and entails sight casting to visible fish in shallow water.

Overnight Accommodation: Christmas Island Lodge (Twin Rooms) F/B

DAY 7: (Sunday) Fishing Day. 

Why not spend the day fishing offshore for Tuna and Wahoo.

Overnight Accommodation: Christmas Island Lodge (Twin Rooms) F/B

DAYS 8 & 9: (Monday & Tuesday) Fishing Days. 

You could always spend your last 2 days fishing targeting GT’S.

Overnight Accommodation: Christmas Island Lodge (Twin Rooms) F/B

DAY 10: (Wednesday) 

You will be transferred back to the airport for your return flight to Honolulu.

Depart Christmas Island

DAY 11: (Tuesday) (Cross Date Line Back one day)

Arrive Honolulu

On Arrival catch a taxi to your Hawaii Hotel.

Overnight Accommodation: Hawaii Hotel (Twin Rooms) R/O

DAY 12: (Wednesday) 

Free time to relax or explore.

Depart Honolulu
Arrive in Los Angeles
Depart Los Angeles

DAY 13: (Thursday) 

Arrive in the UK

Dates & Prices

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If, however, you find an identical holiday available with any other fully bonded Tour Operator at a lower price, we will match that price.

Price Notes

Prices are based on two adults sharing transfers, fishing and accommodation (unless otherwise stated) and are correct at the time of going to press. Subject to time of year or date and currency fluctuations, these prices may fluctuate slightly due to flight price increases or fuel surcharge.

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What's Included & Excluded
  • All international flights
  • Internal flight Hawaii to Christmas Island
  • Transfers to and from Lodge
  • All accommodation in Hawaii
  • All accommodation Christmas Island
  • All meals at Lodge
  • 6 days fishing
  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Meals at Hawaii Hotels or bar expenses
  • Tourist Accommodation Tax in Hawaii
  • Drinks Christmas Island
  • Transfers in Hawaii
  • Tips for guides and all camp staff
  • Fishing license

Flight upgrades

2 week stay Christmas Island

One on one guiding Christmas Island

Additional nights in Los Angeles

Additional nights in Hawaii

Tour Notes


A machine-readable passport with at least 6 months before expiry, no visa for UK citizens required.

Note: Because your flight will involve traveling into the USA, you will be required to complete an Visa waver programme (VWP); you are required before travel to complete an Electronic System Travel Authorisation (ESTA) online, which is compulsory for all USA Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) travellers before boarding an air or sea carrier to the USA.

Medical Requirements

Yellow Fever, Cholera, Malaria and Typhoid

Please Note

All details of visa and medical requirements are correct at time of press however please check these requirements for changes.

Departure tax

No departure tax for Christmas Island.

Flight Route & Flight Time

UK – Los Angeles (approx 11 hrs). Los Angeles – Honolulu (approx 6 hrs). Honolulu – Christmas Island (approx 4 hrs).

Baggage Allowance

Your actual allowance is based on both which airline you are flying with and also what class of seat you are travelling in. Normally in economy it is 1 checked bag, Premium Economy / Business 2 checked bags, First 3 checked bags. In addition to your checked bags you are also allowed 1 cabin bag and either 1-laptop bag or ladies handbag. The actual size and weight limit for bags is dependent on the airline. We therefore recommend that once your flights are booked you check on the airlines website for the up to date allowances.

If your itinerary includes private light aircraft or helicopter flights we will advise you on your baggage and weight allowance.

Transfer Time

Honolulu airport – Hawaiian Hotel (approx 30 mins) Christmas Island airport – Resort (approx 30 mins)

Questions & Answers

Where is the destination?

Christmas Island is just North of the equator approximately 1200 miles south of Hawaii.

Where do they fish?

You will either fish inside the huge lagoon, which is done on foot, wadding the endless hard bottom flats. You will access the flats by boat as you navigate through the maze of channels that feed these flats. For anglers wishing to target the big Milkfish, Tuna and Sailfish you will be fishing from a boat in the blue ocean.

How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?

One advantage of our lodge is that we are the closest lodge to the main harbour where you will board the boats each morning. Because of this, the travel time to the boats by truck is less than 5 mins. The time to your first fishing spot of the day will depend on where you are heading. Some are as close as 15 mins and others, like the real deep backcountry flats, are around a 1-hour journey. We encourage all of our customers to start early and we like to be boarding the boats at dawn to maximise the best conditions of the day.

What fish will I catch?

The prime species is Bonefish but there are numerous other species including giant Bluefin and Golden Trevally. There are also several species of Triggerfish as well as Sweetlips Snapper, Wrasse species, Ladyfish, Barracuda and Wahoo.

How many fish will I catch?

The very best weeks will see good anglers landing over 100 Bonefish but when things get hard, landing 4 to 6 a day can be a challenge. All things being equal, averaging 6-10 fish a day is quite reasonable. Most anglers also land a hand full of smaller Trevally. You should get between 6 and 12 shots at larger GT’s in a week.

How do they fish?

Fishing involves either fly fishing for the various species or for anglers who wish to go offshore, fish can troll lures and then switch/tease to the fly. Lure anglers can fish with both poppers and jigs for the various species.

Do the guides speak English?

Yes, our guides speak English. Some guides speak very good English and others do not. However, they speak enough so you can understand each other when fishing.

Note guiding is based on 2 anglers per guide. We do have 1 on 1 guiding available in advance at additional cost.

Who is best suited to this destination?

Anyone who loves to explore vast areas of flats and take full advantage of whatever crosses their path.

What skill level is required?

Any level of fly angler will enjoy Christmas Island. We have had many beginners catch their first Bonefish and some even 10lb plus on their very first day. We have also educated many fly angler into the dark art of fly fishing for GT’s.

How physically demanding is this trip?

The most demanding is wading the endless flats as no flats fishing is conducted by boat, only by foot. Because of this, anglers should be able to fish, wade and walk 2 to 5 miles per day. The other element to consider is the heat. Christmas Island is a hot climate so only suitable for people who can cope with hot weather.

When to go?

Christmas Island is truly a year-round destination. It is equatorial therefore the destination offers some of the most consistent fishing weather found in the world for the December to March time frame. Angler traffic from America is heaviest during the winter and spring months but this has more to do with anglers looking to get away at this time than the fishing being productive.

Another thing to consider is the various moon phases of the month. Anglers looking for a well-balanced productive time to fish the flats, or want to focus on Bonefish, should book during quarter moon cycles that provide neap cycle tides and long sweet spots of moderate water depth on the flats. Anglers looking for great opportunities for Giant Trevally and blue water species should look toward the full moon and new moon periods of the month. These times provide the greatest alignment of the earth, moon and sun and generate the biggest tide swings. Hybrid weeks with either a full or new moon towards the beginning or end of a week provide good opportunities for both.

How to get there?

From the UK you will fly to Los Angeles before connecting to Hawaii. You will then stay overnight in Hawaii before getting the flight the next day to Christmas Island. Once you arrive on the island it is a 30-minute truck ride to the accommodation.

What is the accommodation like?

Ikari house is basic, like all accommodation on Christmas Island. However, each room has its own western private bathroom and shower with hot water. Each twin room has lots of space and table to store and layout all the tons of fishing tackle customers bring. Outside each room, there are rod racks and freshwater hoses so you can wash and clean down your tackle at the end of each days fishing. Inside each room is a fridge that is checked and restocked each day with soft drinks and beer.

Please note the rooms are based on twin share. However, private accommodations can be arranged in advance at an additional cost

Outside there are communal areas with more fridges and drinks. It is here that customers sit and meet over drinks at the end of each day to share stories about what each other has caught.

What is the food like?

Christmas Island is in the middle of the Pacific with no soil and very little water. They do not have a culture incorporating fine food. Prior to boats shipping in rice and noodles, the fare was fish, coconut and breadfruit. However, our cooks and staff are the grand masters at source produce on the island and customers can expect some nice food. If you go with the understanding and expectation that the food is going to be basic you may even then be pleasantly surprised. Each morning, you will make a packed lunch with breakfast. There are always sandwiches, crisps, biscuits, chocolate and fruit to choose from.

Does the lodge provide fishing tackle?

No, anglers must bring everything they will need with them for the trip.

Is internet and phone signal available?

There is Wifi available at the lodge however internet on Christmas Island is very slow. It is strong enough to receive and send basic non-picture e-mails or text messages via applications such as Whatsapp. However, you cannot do voice or video chat over the internet.

Are there other activities available?

Christmas Island is very remote and there is not much else to do on Christmas apart from fishing or diving.

How much does it cost?

We offer the complete package including all flights and transfers. To view all prices and availability click the “Dates & Prices” tab above.

Alternatively, if you wish to arrange all your own travel we can book just the lodge and fishing for you.

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