Scenic cruising Christmas Island
Christmas Island is an external territory of Australia lying in the Indian Ocean about 220 miles south of Java and Sumatra. 63 percent of the island is a National Park comprising monsoonal rain forest. Of the approximately 1,850 residents, most are of Malay and Chinese descent. Its isolation and history of minimal human impacts make its ecosystem of interest to scientists. The main human exploitation has been mining of phosphates from bird guano.