The Cocos (Keeling) Islands A Jewel In The Indian Ocean ...

By Irena Knehtl For the Yemen Timen

The Cocos (Keeling) Islands A Jewel In The Indian Ocean
By Irena Knehtl For the Yemen Timen

urrounded by unbelievably clean Indian Ocean, The Cocos (Keelings) Islands are Australias best kept holiday destination secret. Here a breathtaking beautiful sunset awaits the visitor, kaleidoscope of colors of the lagoons and fringing reef. Rhythmic sound of waves gently lapping perfectly white sandy beach, watching the golden sun slowly sinking into the Indian Ocean.

Imagine yourself swimming with the dolphins or snorkeling with the manta rays. Or taking a trip to one of the many isolated islands when the tides are high.

Or exploring the islands on the bike, or just walk along the beautiful beaches soaking up the spectacular view of the Indian Ocean. This tiny horseshoe shaped jewel of the Indian Ocean is located in the middle of the Indian Ocean, some 2750 km north west of Perth in Australia, 900 km west of south-west of Christmas Island, its closest neighbor, and another island of the Australian Indian Ocean Territories, south of Indonesia and about one-half of the way from Australia to Sri Lanka.
The Cocos experience two main season which tend to overlap. The trade wind season from April/May to September/October and the calmer doldrums season from November through to April.
Rainfall usually visits this sandy atoll in the evenings, bringing yet another glorious sunn day. The Cocos (Keeling) Islands are made up of 27 islands formed on two isolated mid oceanic atolls surrounded by an azure lagoons. The lay in the path of the south-east trade wind, which ensure an extremely mild weather pattern throughout the year.
The Cocos (Keeling) Islands has been a unique place for coral atoll research since the days when Charles Darwin visited the atoll in April, 1836. Fringing reefs are converted into barrier reefs and barrier reefs, when encircling islands are thus converted into atolls, he wrote. It was the only coral atoll he had ever visited to support his theory.
Named first “Cocos Eylanden” in a manuscript map drawn by Hessel Gerritsz, they were re named :Cocos (Keelings)” after sighting of the group by Captain William Keeling in 1609 during one of his homeward voyages from Java to England. Although he did not record it in his journals, they remained uninhabited until the 19th century. (...)
By By Irena Knehtl

Pubblicato il 5/8/2005 alle 14.37 nella rubrica Diario.

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