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Pulu Keeling National Park is a national park in Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Australia and covers the entire North Keeling Island. At 1.2 km2, it's one of the smallest national parks in Australia. The park belongs to the Cocos-Malay people, although it is only one of six national parks in Australia to be run by the federal government.

The name of Pulu Keeling simply means Keeling Island, however, unlike the Malay used in Malaysia, Singapore or Brunei, pulau, meaning island is just spelled as pulu in the Cocos Islands.

Understand[edit]

History[edit]

The park was established on 12 December 1995, but measures to protect the area have happened since 1986, where an agreement was reached between the Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Cocos Malay people to restrict and sustainably manage any further hunting on North Keeling. Three years later in 1989, Cyclone John devastated the red-footed booby colony on North Keeling and legal hunting ceased to allow the population to recover. However, since the park was established, no legal hunting has taken place.

Landscape[edit]

The landscape of this park is mostly just a low lying level island with a large amount of trees.

Flora and fauna[edit]

Climate[edit]

The climate of Pulu Keeling National Park is very tropical, with humid temperatures, similar to how you get them at South or West Island in the main group of islands in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

Get in[edit]

Map of Pulu Keeling National Park

Getting in the park is quite tough, and can only be done via boat via a long process to gain a permit, which can be found under #Fees and permits. From West Island, there will be a small tiny boat taking you on a thirty two kilometre journey north. The boat will stop as close to the island as possible, where you will need to swim to the beach from the reefs.

Fees and permits[edit]

If you ever want to go to the park, you will need to contact the park's staff at either +61 8 9162 7602 or before going here.

For any permits such as filming, artists, photographers, or research you will need to have a permit. A full up-to-date list about permits can be found at the AWE website.

Get around[edit]

The only way you can get around is via walking around the island. Apart from that, there are no other ways of getting around.

See[edit]

  • See the marine life in the untouched coral reefs and outside on the beaches as well, such as the endangered green turtles, the Cocos angelfish, which is quite a bright colourful fish, and is only found the waters in that region. Examples of marine mammals you might see are the bottlenose dolphin, and occasionally you may also see a humpback whale, although humpbacks generally don't migrate through the Indian Ocean much
  • See the numerous crabs that can be seen throughout the island, with at least twenty six species of them in the park. Those can include the robber crab, which is the world's largest land crab weighing more than 4 kg and is more than a metre long. Other types of crabs in the island include the very small hermit crabs

Do[edit]

  • Dive the nearby coral waters. Most of them are near untouched with very few people having dove here.
  • Photography in the park might seem like a nice thing to do, particularly something you might want to take home, however, Australian law states that images and film captured in a Commonwealth reserve cannot be used to derive commercial gain unless at least one of the exemptions listed here in section 12.06 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Regulations 2000 with examples of exemptions include capture and use of images and film as allowed by the management plan for the Commonwealth reserve, and requesting and being granted a permit.

Buy, eat and sleep[edit]

There is no commercial activity in this park, and so you will need to bring everything with you, including food and water.

Sleep[edit]

There are no officially designated places to sleep in the park.

Stay safe[edit]

Go next[edit]

This park travel guide to Pulu Keeling National Park is a usable article. It has information about the park, for getting in, about a few attractions, and about accommodations in the park. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.