Christmas Island

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Low-lying coral atoll, 35 miles long and 15 miles wide, located in the Pacific Ocean, 2,200 miles south of Hawaii and 120 miles north of the equator; the largest of 33 atolls that make up the Republic of Kiribati. The island was named when Captain James Cook anchored here on Christmas Eve, 1777. The same North Pacific swells that produce big waves in Hawaii in winter and early spring generally h...

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