Well known as the most consistent wade fishery on the planet, Christmas Island has been a must-fish destination for over 30 years.
Ikari House opened in 2008. It is located waterfront on the point in London where the lagoon meets the ocean.
They are big on hospitality and attention to detail.
Ikari House has a very experienced guide staff. Moana is the head guide, has been guiding for 30 years. Senior guides (and Zen Masters) Simon and English are also part of the staff. There are younger guides, who have a great eye for the fish and I have fished with all of them.
Most of the fishing is accessed via boats in the lagoon. They have three 30’ center console with a 140 hp 4-stroke; two smaller 2-3 person panga style boats with center console and a 115 hp 4-stoke; and two outriggers. Anglers can fish on the outside flats by the former Korean wreck, M Site and the back of the lagoon—all accessible by truck. Offshore fishing is also an option, with their 30’ boat being the best tool on the island for the job. All guides and boatman carry radios, which are on at all times. This is good for safety and efficiency on the water.
The chef is Tess, whose cooking is known to anglers who may have stayed at other lodges in the past. The dinners are something to look forward to, offering two entrées each evening. They feature local fish and lobster, along with chicken, pork and beef. The quality and the quantity are beyond expectations. For breakfast and lunches there are multiple choices.
The lodge is constructed of concrete block, similar to the other lodges on the island. Each room has a/c with a thermostat. The showers have on demand hot water. Those anglers who have been to Christmas before know that this is a luxury.