Bonefishing and Giant Trevally
World-class Bonefishing, Giant Trevally, Yellowfin Tuna...
Christmas Island is located in the Republic of Kiribati and is only a three-hour flight from Honolulu. Christmas Island is the largest Pacific coral atoll in the world. Both fly and conventional anglers are welcome.
Christmas Island fishing
Kyle Siler with bonefish - 2019 hosted week.
Open since 2006, The Villages offers anglers two distinct advantages over other lodges on Christmas Island. Location - your skiff is about a thirty-second walk from the Lodge, and you can be fishing the flats within minutes. Each angler is assigned his or her own guide. The Villages is the only lodge on the island that offers a 1:1 angler to guide ratio at no extra charge. And, the extra sets of eyes really helps with bonefishing.
Travel Time: From the Lodge, it's only a five to 10-minute skiff ride to large, broad, shallow flats that are easily waded and teeming with bonefish. Some flats are 15 to 30 minutes away and some as far as 90-minutes. No long pickup rides.
Each morning, a skiff takes three to five anglers and their guides to their fishing destination. There is also a panga-style speedboat used for longer runs, and trucks can be used to access spots like the Korean Wreck or Huff Dam if the tides are right.
The location also offers excellent bird watching opportunities.
Mike Sekosky with sailfish - 2019 Hosted Week.
View our YouTube video of Christmas Island.
Our 2012 Hosted Week - 4:19 in length.
Season: The Lodge is open year-round, and fishing is consistently good all year.
Skiffs: The Villages owns five skiffs with Yamaha 60-HP four-stroke outboards. The Polynesian-style outrigger boats are between 30 and 40 feet long, which are common to Christmas Island and the other fishing lodges.
Guides: Each angler has his or her own English-speaking guide. The Villages is the only lodge on the island that offers a 1:1 guide to angler at no extra charge.
Fishing Equipment: The Lodge does not provide equipment. On hosted trips, FWL supplies conventional rods and reels for blue water trolling for tuna and wahoo. A comprehensive tackle and gear list is included in our confirmation packet.
Fishing License: You'll purchase a fishing license for $50.00 upon arrival at the airport.
Physical Condition: You should be in good physical condition for this trip. You’ll be in a remote location with a lot of wade fishing.
Typical Fishing Day: After a hot breakfast, you’ll make a lunch from the sandwich bar for your fishing day. At 7:00 a.m., you'll take about a 30-second walk from your beach bungalow to the skiffs. You'll fish until 4:00 or 5:00 p.m. and return home. You'll take a hot shower and then at 6:00 p.m., head to the maneaba (meeting place) for some appetizers—tuna or wahoo sashimi. A buffet-style dinner is served at 7:00 p.m. A couple of times a week, local musicians and dancers perform during and after the evening meal.
The Villages Fishing Lodge
Brad Staples with a bonefish.
About The Villages
The Lodge: The Villages opened in 2006 and is run by locals which ensures true Polynesian hospitality. The Lodge sits on a white sandy beach overlooking an aqua-colored lagoon.
There are ten, double-occupancy bungalows with air-conditioning, covered verandas, private bathrooms with shower. For those of you who have not been to The Villages,
think “nice fish camp” not the Marriott. Laundry Service is available for $20.00 per week.
Meals: are enjoyed in the maneaba, a local name for the gathering center, which lies in the heart of the complex. Breakfasts are cooked-to-order. After breakfast, you'll make a sandwich from the lunch bar, plus grab an apple or an orange, and four bottles of water for the day. Sashimi (thin slices of fresh tuna or wahoo) is served each evening during happy hour. Buffet-style dinners. Fish is always one of the two dinner choices. Other choices during the week include chicken and beef steaks.
Alcohol: is not included in the package. There is a bar. Beer is $4.00 per can.
Communications: If you need to make phone calls, you should bring a satellite phone. Wi-Fi is available for $20.00 for the week. Electricity: The Lodge is wired with both 110V and 240V. U.S. residents will need a power plug adapter AND a voltage converter.
Morning walk out to the boats at about 7:00 a.m.
Mark Moeller with huge GT landed on a fly!
Getting to the Lodge:
We recommend flying to Honolulu at least one day before your departure for Christmas Island.
Hotel recommendations are provided in our confirmation packet. Each Tuesday at noon, a Fiji Airlines flight departs from Honolulu to Christmas Island.
This weekly flight is three-hours long and includes a meal. You’ll arrive in Christmas Island on Wednesday (due to crossing the International Dateline).
A lodge representative will greet you at the Christmas Island International Airport and transfer you to The Villages, a 30-minute drive.
After your fishing week, you’ll depart Christmas Island the following Wednesday morning, and arrive in Honolulu on a Tuesday (due to crossing the International Dateline). Airfare and the hotel and meals in Honolulu are not included in the package.
Hosted Weeks at The Villages
You're not restricted to our hosted weeks. Provided there are openings, we can book the Lodge for a time that works best for you. Fishing with Larry supplies all bonefish flies for our hosted weeks at Christmas Island. During our hosted weeks, we'll also fish outside the reef for tuna, wahoo, sailfish and other species.
2020 Hosted Weeks are SOLD-OUT
7-nights at the Lodge
and 6½-days guided fishing
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing $2,990.00
• March 2-10, 2020:
• March 30 - April 7, 2020:
• April 6-14, 2020:
• November 2-10, 2020:
2021 Hosted Weeks
7-nights at the Lodge
and 6-days guided fishing $2,990.00
• March 1-9, 2021:
Brad Staples hosts
• March 8-16, 2021:
John Holpuch hosts
• April 19-27, 2021:
Guy Schoenborn hosts
• April 26 - May 4, 2021:
Guy hosts SOLD-OUT
• November 1-9, 2021:
Brad Staples hosts
RATES & PACKAGES
2020 USD Rates:
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
Double occupancy bungalow:
$2,990.00 per person
Single occupancy bungalow: $3,450.00
Non-angler sharing a room:
$1,250.00 per person
Fishing and Diving Combo:7-nights and 6-days guided fishing/diving
(Minimum of 2 days diving)
$2,990.00 per person
Airport reception, ground transfers to the Lodge, bungalow accommodations, all meals at the Lodge, four bottles of water per day, and guided fishing—one angler per guide. On hosted trips, FWL supplies conventional rods and reels for bluewater trolling for tuna and wahoo. Please bring your own lures.
Packages Do Not Include:
International airfare, the round-trip Honolulu/Christmas Island flight, the one-night hotel stay and meals in Honolulu, gratuities, fishing license (approx. $50.00), alcohol, beer $4.00 per can, Wi-Fi ($2.00 per hour or $20.00 per week), laundry services ($20.00 per week), Global Rescue, IMG Signature Travel Insurance, and anything not mentioned under inclusions. Fishing with Larry does not supply lures for trolling in the bluewater.
Deposit: $1,000.00 down within 14 days, and the balance is due 90 days before your arrival.
Fishing Cancellation Policy: If you cancel your reservation 60 days before your trip date at the Lodge, they will refund your deposit, less a $200.00 per person penalty. If you cancel your reservation 59 days or less of your trip date, you forfeit your deposit and/or final payment unless a suitable replacement is found. We recommend trip cancellation insurance.
Diving Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel your trip for any reason, you’ll have to turn it in as a claim on your travel insurance policy. The Villages will not issue refunds for any reason. Divers Alert Network can offer travelers insurance as part of their coverage. We recommend Trip Cancellation Insurance.
Click here for our Travel Insurance page.
Suggested guide tip is $40.00 per angler per day for the guide, and the boatman should receive at least $20.00 per day from the group. Guides and boatmen should be tipped daily. Anglers can tip their guides more for exceptional service. Recommended staff tips are $100.00-$120.00 per guest per week.
Christmas Island photos:
I just returned from a couple of great weeks at The Villages on Christmas Island (April 23 - May 8, 2019). There were good numbers of quality bonefish from 3 to 6 pounds and some very nice bonefish up to 10 pounds.
The Villages partnered with Patrick's Diving Adventures in 2015 and opened a dive center to access this amazing dive location. Christmas Island is the largest Pacific coral atoll, comprising an area of over 250 square miles.
Here, you'll find a few more pictures and details about our upcoming hosted weeks at Christmas Island. Make sure you request an information packet for complete details. See our 2020 and 2021 Hosted Weeks.