Swell Lodge

Christmas Island, Australia

Swell Lodge

Christmas Island, Australia

‘Tropical rainforests, freshwater wetlands and extraordinary wildlife await you at Swell Lodge. Christmas Island is rich in history and diverse culture, and the natural wonders make it simply a dream come true to explore.’

Overview

  • Highlights

    • A private chef using fresh, local produce
    • Fascinating daily guided activities
    • Complimentary snorkel gear
    • Private deck & uninterrupted sea views
    • Witness the Christmas Island crabs
    • Set within a beautiful National Park
    • Wander tranquil rainforest trails
    • Powered by renewable solar energy
    • ‘Advance Ecotourism’ Certified
    • Children are welcome here
    • Check-in: This is flexible
    • Discover more with Behind the Green

    Minimum stay: 3 nights
    Equivalent price per night: from approx. $703 USD (all inclusive – food, drink, tours etc.)

  • Local Knowledge

    Christmas Island is an incredibly diverse place, with a rich history and cultural mix. It has been called the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean because of the incredible wildlife, including the famous land crabs, of which there are 50 million. This island is full of natural wonders to see, most of which can be shown to you by one of the lodge’s guides, including:

    • Hughes Dale Waterfall, 16 min walk (7km)
    • Margaret Knoll Lookout, 32 min drive (20km)
    • The Blowholes, 34 min drive (15km)
    • Dolly Beach, 35 min drive (17km)
  • Location

    Swell Lodge is perched on a cliff on the uninhabited North West of Christmas Island, an external Australian territory. The lodge is hidden within the Christmas Island National Park and is treated to uninterrupted ocean views.

    By Air:

    • From Perth, Australia – Virgin Australia flies to Christmas Island twice weekly (on Tuesdays &  Fridays) which also services Cocos (Keeling) Island.
    • From Jakarta, Indonesia – Garuda Indonesia operates a weekly charter flight on Saturdays.
    • From Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Malindo Air operates a charter flight every second Tuesday.

    Alternatively, a private charter flight can be arranged.

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  • Water
    Each of the 2 eco-lodges has a unique waterless toilets which compost waste whilst remaining completely odourless. This eco-lodge also has a greywater filter which takes water from the...
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    shower and sinks and passes it through a grease trap and 450L sand, gravel and coconut husk filter, so that it can be reused

  • Energy
    Each eco-lodge is run on 1.4KW solar panels to soak up the sun, the energy is then stored in a bank of high-tech, rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. The high output and energy-efficient ceiling...
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    fans remove the need for air conditioning, which saves an additional 1,500kgs of CO2 annually. As well as this, the water in the chalets uses evacuated glass tube technology, which uses solar radiation to transfer heat to the water in an over-size tank to ensure that there is always plenty of hot water to use.

  • Waste
    Swell Lodge offers guests a complimentary drink bottle which they get to keep, this is to reduce single-use plastic. They also use compostable bin liners and teabags in an effort to reduce waste...
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    Furthermore, the kitchen does not use items such as cling film and only uses reusable food containers. The organic waste from the kitchen is composted and is reused in the garden for growing bananas.

  • Conservation
    Swell Lodge is very conscious of the environment. They exist in a National Park, beside a Wetland of International Importance, designated by the Ramsar Convention. As a result, they are...
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    governed by strict environmental regulations, so they have to ensure that the guest’s stay in the wilderness is as low impact as possible. Initiatives are in place to ensure this, such as a Carbon Offsetting programme, ran through the company Green Feet, a fee for every guest is given to Parks Australia which goes towards maintaining national parks, and the lodge vehicle is equipped with crab savers during crab migration season to gently nudge them aside.

  • Food
    The kitchen sources food from local businesses to support them. Where possible, island food such as wild pawpaw, limes and bananas are foraged, and fish is purchased directly from the island’s fishermen.
  • Engage Guests
    Guests can be taken to Greta Beach, to experience a turtle-nesting site. This beach is, unfortunately, suffering from plastic pollution and a growing amount of marine debris washing up on the beach from the north...
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    Guides partake in clean-up operations and guests are invited to join in. Expert guides can also take guests to explore the many other natural wonders on the island.

  • Architecture
    Swell Lodge are still working on this criteria – watch this space!
  • Housekeeping
    Natural cleaning products, such as vinegar, are used throughout the lodge. Similarly, shower gels, soaps, hair products and detergents are all bio-degradable and made in Australia. As well as this...
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    the lodge provides toilet paper, which is made from 100% recycled paper and 50% of profits are donated to help build 3rd world sanitation systems.

  • Kiwano Bonus
    Swell Lodge donates the accommodation in order to raise money. Stays here are auctioned off to raise money and support worthwhile community groups.
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    The lodges have been awarded Ecotourism Australia’s highest level of certification ‘Advanced Ecotourism’, as well as ‘Climate Action Business’ which is recognised by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.

Reviews

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    "Unforgettable experience"

    It's was unforgettable overnight at the swell lodge, the sound of the ocean and pure nature view from the deck in the evening is stunning!

    Hiro, Google Reviews

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    "Comfortable and ever so refreshing"

    Fantastic escape for this resident Islander. Exactly what we needed... Peace, tranquillity and comfort. Swell Lodge is a perfect escape in harmony.

    Susanne, Facebook Reviews

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    "We had an amazing stay at Swell Lodge! "

    The location was phenomenal. Loved the view, the sound of the waves crashing into the rocks below and how far away it was from everything! The Swell Lodge team really went all out to give us a truly special experience.

    Rachel, Facebook Reviews

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    "Absolutely amazing!"

    The view - the location - the wildlife! Completely 'off-grid' but surrounded by luxury at the same time. Really enjoyed our time at Swell Lodge.

    Lisa, Google Reviews

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    "A fabulous tranquil retreat"

    A fabulous tranquil retreat, in the virgin rainforest of Christmas island. The view is to die for, with curious birds swooping close, and dolphins playing in the ocean, and pristine coastline and ocean as far as the eye can see.... and we had an incredible sunset and lightning show.

    Catherine, Google Reviews

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