Christmas Island Bonefishing

The Villages  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

Christmas Island bonefishing

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. And, each angler is assigned his or her own guide. This is very unique! 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.
Christmas Island sailfishMike Sekosky with sailfish - 2019 Hosted Week.

View our YouTube video of Christmas Island.
Our 2012 Hosted Week - 4:19 in length.

Fishing Facts:

Christmas Island The Villages

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.

2019, 2020, 2021 Hosted Weeks

Christmas Island Hosted Fishing Trips

Brad Staples with a bonefish.

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.
2019 Hosted Fishing Weeks:
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing $2,790.00
November 11-19, 2019:
Brad Staples hosts

2020 Hosted Fishing Weeks:
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing $2,990.00
• March 2-10, 2020:  SOLD-OUT
• March 30 - April 7:  SOLD-OUT
• April 6-14, 2020:   SOLD-OUT
• November 2-10:  SOLD-OUT

2021 Hosted Fishing Weeks:
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing $2,990.00
March 1-9, 2021:
Brad Staples hosts
April 19-27, 2021:
Guy Schoenborn hosts
April 26 - May 4, 2021:
Guy Schoenborn hosts
November 1-9, 2021:
Brad Staples hosts

You're not restricted to our hosted weeks. Provided there are openings, we can book The Villages for a time that works best for you. Prices are subject to change.
Click here for our Christmas Island HOSTED TRIPS page.

Inside of Bungalow

Morning walk out to the boats at about 7:00 a.m.

The Villages

Mark Moeller with huge GT landed on a fly!

Mark Moeller with GT

Getting Here:

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 20-minute drive.
After your fishing week, you'll depart Christmas Island the following Wednesday at 7:30 a.m., and arrive in Honolulu on a Tuesday around 11:00 a.m.--due to crossing the International Dateline. (Airfare and the hotel and meals in Honolulu are not included in the package.)

About The Villages

Lodge Season:  The Villages is open year-round for great fishing.
The Lodge:  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.
Meals:  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. Dinners are served buffet-style. Fish is always one of the two dinner choices. Other choices during the week include chicken and beef steaks.
Communications:  If you need to make phone calls, you should bring a satellite phone. Wi-Fi is available for $20.00 for the week.

2019 USD Rates:

7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
Double occupancy bungalow:
$2,790.00 per person
Single occupancy bungalow: $3,250.00
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)
$2,790.00 per person

Christmas Island Dive Packages

2020 USD Rates:

7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
Double occupancy bungalow:
$2,990.00 per person
Single occupancy bungalow: $3,250.00
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

Packages include:

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. For our Fishing with Larry hosted trips, we supply conventional rods and reels for blue water trolling for tuna and wahoo. Please bring your own lures.

Packages do not include:

International airfare, the roundtrip 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 $20.00 a week, laundry services ($20.00 per week), travel insurance, and anything not mentioned under inclusions. Fishing with Larry does not supply lures for trolling in the blue water.

Christmas Island photos:

Pat Shanley with Christmas Island Bonefish

Pat Shanley Bonefishing

Bungalow - Two anglers per cabin

Lodging at the villages

Rick Hergenreder with a huge giant trevally

Christmas Island giant trevally fishing

Jim Schmid with yellowfin tuna

Christmas Island tuna fishing

Ron Gager with Milkfish - Hosted Week

Milkfish at Christmas Island

Mike Merritt with large bonefish

Christmas Island bonefishing

Mike Parker with large bonefish

Bonefishing Christmas Island

Triggerfish are hard on hooks

Triggerfishing Christmas Island

Barbara Adams with sailfish

Barbara with sailfish

Kent Saltonstall with sailfish

Sailfishing Christmas Island

Tillie Arizmendi with a beautiful bonefish

Christmas Island bonefish

Aerial view of Christmas Island

Aerial view of Christmas Island

Excellent birding opportunities

Birding Christmas Island

Music and local culture

Christmas Island music

Other Links...

Guy's Christmas Island Trip Report

Christmas Island

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.

Christmas Island Dive Packages

Christmas Island Bonefishing

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.

Christmas Island Hosted Weeks

Christmas Island

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 2019, 2020 and 2021 Hosted Weeks.

Request a Christmas Island Information Packet:

Request Information packet  

For more information:

Guy Schoenborn

1-800-205-3474 ext. 1

MT Office:  406-322-5709


Brad Staples

1-800-205-3474 ext. 3

Cell (503) 250-0558