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#1 of 4 Specialty lodging in Kiritimati
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Fuzzytop wrote a review May 2020
Tucson, Arizona81 contributions10 helpful votes
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Given the remoteness of Kiribati, and the relative difficulty of getting supplies, food, and amenities to the island, I believe Ikari House has it down. They provide great food (mostly flown in weekly from HNL, where they have an employee hand pick staples and items for guests. During my week stay there, food was plentiful, deliciously prepared, and fresh. Accommodations were as good or better than other "fish camp" locations I've been to, and real effort is made to ensure you're comfortable. Each room appears to be the same, and the only difference is it's location -- not important. A/C in each room, and plenty of cool. Couldn't believe I didn't see one bug or critter in or around my room. No nasty smells, no noise, and a nice beach location. Fishing, guiding, and boats are really first class, and the guides are really well trained and most speak enough English to more than get by. Center console boats get you to the far side of the lagoons quickly, and I believe only Ikari has the only fast boats for their clients Great experience -- couldn't expect anything more. Oh, and the fishing is fabulous!!
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Date of stay: January 2020
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oahusquid x wrote a review May 2019
Honolulu, Hawaii123 contributions119 helpful votes
This is my 4th trip to Kiritimati and the 4th time I have stayed at Ikari House. The rooms are very basic, but clean and the air conditioning COLD. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. Meals are tasty and plentiful. WiFi is weak. YouTube: OAHUSQUID and check out my latest video.
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Date of stay: May 2019
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Response from Ikarihouse686, Manager at Ikari House
Responded Jun 2, 2019
Mauri Thank you for choosing Ikari House for your stay. We truly appreciate you coming down to experience Christmas Island once again. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. We truly try our very best to accommodate our clients. We would like to let you know that we are constantly looking for better improvement on the Wifi on CXI Thank you and see you next time
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Guy F wrote a review May 2019
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Ikari House was overall very good. Rooms (two twin beds and bathroom) were clean and comfortable. Food service (provided as part of base cost) was totally above par. 110V power was also available in the room! Otherwise, there was 220V that needed Australian plug adapter. A/C in the rooms was nice, and actually had to be moderated at night to keep from being too cold. House and kitchen staff were friendly and attendant. Daily clothes washing service was very convenient. AND there was Wi-Fi!!!! This was my second fishing trip to Kiritimati (Christmas) Island in as many years. Compared to previous visit, I noticed ongoing developments and local improvements that made this visit much more comfortable. As example, cell service was available (AT&T). I did not use due to international plan high cost and to the availably of Wi-Fi (was able to make wifi calling) – but this is an option to consider for the future or for emergency purposes. The lodge provided guides and boats as needed for all fishing needs. There are sufficient descriptions of the fishing elsewhere, so I will not elaborate here. In addition to world class fishing, there is great bird watching and the overall experience of a magnificent tropical landscape! For a week of fishing, a traveler should budget at least $US 500 to cover fishing license, fishing guide, boat and truck operator, and housing staff gratuities, and water/softdrinks/ beer available for a minimal cost at the lodge. And a reminder to not drink tap water - there is sufficient bottled water provided by the lodge. All visitors to Kiribati must possess a valid passport with at least six (6) months validity. Be sure that your passport has at least two blank pages remaining in the back, and that the passport is not damaged, delaminated, or torn in any way. (Damaged and torn passports WILL NOT be accepted by the airlines as proof of identity for travel). And with currently only one flight per week (Fiji Air), a traveler should be prepared to stay an additional week in the unlikely, but possible, event of your flight being canceled due to mechanical or weather issues (always buy travel insurance). For those new to Kiritimati, I would encourage all to read about the people and culture of Christmas Island. Learning a few local words is also not a bad idea. 'Ko rawba' (meaning ‘thank you’) was very much appreciated.
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Date of stay: May 2019
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Response from Ikarihouse686, Manager at Ikari House
Responded Jun 11, 2019
Thank you Guy for your great insight, We look forward for your future stay
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Russell H wrote a review Jan 2019
East Maitland, Australia8 contributions1 helpful vote
If you want to go to an unspoilt Island stay in rustic resort, fish for Bonefish, Trigger Fish, GT's , Golden and Blue Trevally, Milkfish and many many many species, this is the place to go. Food is good, rooms are air conditioned, bathrooms are good. The Guides are excellent. I have been there twice and plan to go again this year. Kiritimati is the best place.
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Date of stay: July 2018
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Response from Ikarihouse686, Manager at Ikari House
Responded Jun 11, 2019
Thank you Russell for you kinds words. We truly appreciate you choosing Ikari House to host your fishing adventures. We look for your future stay with us.
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David S wrote a review May 2018
Vancouver, Canada72 contributions10 helpful votes
A Fabulous week of guides ,staff,food,fish,sun ,touch of rain,and incredible days of walking stalking fish .All days fishing should be like this .You have no choice but to be in bed early .Your body will need the rest .Cold beers and a few Gin and Tonics and your done for the evening .If you have a chance to visit Kiribati do so .if your sole purpose is to visit Louis Vitton don't go .There are no malls ,and it is great .
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Date of stay: May 2018
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Stcloudmom wrote a review Apr 2018
Longboat Key, Florida389 contributions167 helpful votes
I went with my brother on trip to Christmas Island as a non-fisherwoman to Ikari house. I was a bit apprehensive after reading the reviews on here, so I feel compelled to write one myself. We had an incredible week! He's a very experienced fly fisherman, and he caught some of the best fish of his life. His guide was Dennis, and Dennis was amazing. I did go fishing with them on the flats two days ( I was not charged for this) and had a great time) and I caught quite a few fish myself. The accommodations were fine. The rooms were quite large, two twin beds, a table, a private bath, and best of all air conditioning. They were kept immaculate by the housekeeping staff. Ikari house had its own generator if power goes out, which it did when we were there. Laundry was done each day, so there is no need to pack very much. The best tip I could give you is to pack sun protective clothing (don't plan on fishing in shorts- you will be burned to a crisp no matter how much sunscreen you put on) For any wives/girlfriends/friends who are considering tagging along like I did, I highly recommend it IF you like peace and quiet. I was quite content each day after the fishermen left early in the morning reading all day, taking walks, photographing birds. Jacob's (the owner of the lodge) wife took me for a tour of the island one day, it is culturally very interesting. The people of Kiritimati are very friendly, and things really haven't changed much over the years. Coconuts are a way of life there. The food was actually quite good, while not 5 star, nobody went hungry! They had quite a variety of food, and fresh selection of fruits and assorted snacks available at all time. All of the staff at Ikari house were very nice, not everybody spoke English well, so it was very fun tor try to communicate. The way of life on Christmas Island is much slower than we are used to, it was fun to live on Island time. You are not in America, so don't expect things to be like in America. There was wifi, it ran at a snails pace, better in the morning, I suppose because everyone on the island wasn't on it at that time. We had a great group when were were there, 12 men, mostly Americans. It was fun to hear all the fishing stories when they all came in from the day. It truly is a special and totally different place. I would recommend Ikari house. Someone that was staying at the lodge had brought all sorts of children clothes and soccer balls from Goodwill with him and we wandered into the village and gave them to the children one night. It was a great idea. Things are very expensive there- as a boat only comes once every three months. Kids were just swarming us. It was a great vacation, and a great experience.
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Date of stay: February 2018
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thomas r wrote a review Mar 2018
Evergreen, Colorado75 contributions25 helpful votes
Let’s face it, if you are in Kiritimadi you are likely there to fish! Ikari House is a great fish camp. The rooms are simple but clean. They do your laundry every day so you only need two sets of fishing clothes. The guides are great and they wash your gear every day. The food is basic but plentiful and nutritious. And the fishing—just awesome and fun. Buy trip insurance because there is only one flight a week. Ikari house has an archaic check out system where you pay cash for your beer and sodas but get in line early and relax. I will be back!!
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Date of stay: February 2018Trip type: Traveled with friends
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travellingbonefisher wrote a review Feb 2018
Napier, New Zealand14 contributions3 helpful votes
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I have now visited CXI four times and trips five and six are imenent. To return so many times is testament enough to the quality of this experience. Since my first visit four years ago Ikari House where I choose to stay with my groups has improved facilities. The addition of a coral beach means that your fishing boat for the day will be leaving from a point 50m from your room. This is a big advantage. It allows more fishing time each day and the ability to take more gear if you wish. The rooms are large and adequate with air conditioning, ensuite bathroom with hot showers and flush toilets. There is a small refridgerator in each room for a few cold drinks and ample storage for all your gear. Guides were largely a new group this last trip and they performed well getting all fishers into fish. When I suggested we look for unfished waters they were keen and we ended up with a new trevally spot that no one fishes sorted for future trips. We did a trip (as usual) to The Korean Wreck where big GTs and larger than average bonefish live as well as a trip to Huff Dam and the lagoon backcountry. Offshore we caught wahoo, yellow fin and other tuna. Milkfish were not biting well but were present in good numbers again. Meals were very good as usual with good variety. Fisherman have big appetites and the usual self help dinner works well. Our last night was an Island night with singing and dancing and us benig treated like royalty. A nice experience. With more trips booked and never a complaint we are happy to keep staying at Ikari House. The staff are a friendly bunch and it feels like home for the week.
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Date of stay: August 2017
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Room Tip: All rooms are the same and you will only be sleeping there so just roll with room allocations.
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jfhphoto wrote a review Oct 2017
Hilo, Hawaii1 contribution3 helpful votes
hotel was ok, food ok, guiding was ridiculous and if you get stuck on the island be prepared to pay the fee as if you are going on the boat which you wont. guide we had lazy did the bare minimal, boats poorly equipped for big game, meaning one gaff for six boats, no bat, and try scoop netting a 50lb wahoo! we got stuck there an extra day due to weather and were charge $350 for one night at 9pm. They charged us as if we were being guided. Talked to Jacob the owner out of Oahu and he refused to budge on the price. Will never stay at this hotel. Other visitors when leaving said their lodge didnt charge them anything or if they did a very small fee. Also safety- no safety briefing, life vest covered with oil on the boat we were on.
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Date of stay: February 2017
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GEK20 wrote a review May 2017
Brisbane, Australia24 contributions15 helpful votes
While I concur with the previous poster that the bonefish were smaller on this trip - my second - (maybe time of the year?), I caught the same amount overall as last time - and this is no fault of the guides / lodge. Still sounds like plenty of fish were caught and normal good variety. I reckon the food was better than my last time. Good variety and tasty. The only thing that wasn't as good was that the new head guide (Moana was there last time) is still finding his feet and the guide allocations weren't as good i.e. the subject of a few discussions / negotiations. Caught my biggest GT and lost a much bigger one (fly line snapped). Overall still a great fishing lodge and destination.
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Date of stay: April 2017
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