Christmas Island Crab Migration

This tropical paradise in the Indian Ocean is home to rare bird-life, nesting turtles, and spectacular coral reefs. Every year in November and December, one of nature’s most incredible natural processes takes place with millions of red crabs migrating from the forest to the ocean to lay their eggs. This remarkable experience sees the crabs swarming roads, rivers and beaches in a red carpet of crustaceans. You will spend the week photographing unique wildlife whilst being surrounded by the tropical beauty of Christmas Island itself.


Join Scott Portelli, award-winning wildlife, nature and aerial photographer for this 7 day workshop. Scott has photographed a multitude of wildlife events and will be on hand to help you get the best results.



Deposit $1000 (Non Refundable)


  • 26th November– 2nd December
  • 24th – 31st December

Possible spawning dates to be confirmed


7 nights

Group size

Max 6 people


  • Day 1: Arrive Christmas Island
  • Day 2: Explore Island, location scouting
  • Day 3: Workshop crab migration excursion
  • Day 4: Spawning (in field)
  • Day 5: Spawning (in field)
  • Day 6: Workshop crab migration
  • Day 7: Depart Christmas Island


Christmas Island

Start: Perth
Finish: Perth



Various room options available, single / double / twin share

What to bring (full checklist will be sent prior to the trip)

  • Equipment – Camera, tripod, underwater housing
  • Clothing – Summer clothes, sunscreen, sunglasses, cap, swimmers/costume
  • Snorkeling equipment


  • Flights to Christmas Island – Ex Perth
  • Airport transfers on Christmas Island
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All meals
  • Photographic workshops with Scott Portelli
  • Transport around island


  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Additional activities

Contact Us if you’d like to join this adventure.