Who We Are - The People Behind ninetysixeast

ninetysixeast is owned by Colin and Christine, with children Paul, Sarah and Joanne.

We purchased the house on the West Island in 2002 in one of those ‘sea change’ moments and instantly fell in love with Cocos. Since then we have holidayed and stayed on Cocos often, with the plan to semi retire there sometime in the future. It wasn’t hard to convince ourselves, it was a wonderful lifestyle.

Over the years, friends, family and acquaintances asked to stay at the house and holiday on Cocos. This inspired us to open our home as a specialised bed & breakfast, offering others the opportunity to enjoy Cocos Island for a short time and experience the lifestyle we fell in love with.

We welcome visitors to ninetysixeast and enjoy showing others the natural beauty of Cocos Islands fauna, flora and scenery. Our idea of ninetysixeast was to offer guests a base on the island to explore and enjoy a unique tropical environment in a home with an outlook of the Indian Ocean.


At ninetysixeast anyone is welcome. However, we would generally expect our guests to be of the sensible variety, perhaps middle aged up to the ‘oldies’ and retired. Or those who travel by themselves and don’t want the hassles of busy, noisy, overly active resort style accommodation.

ninetysixeast is also ideal for the honeymooners or second time rounders. We offer discreet private accommodation with all the modern appliances, yet within easy walking distances from all the island amenities.

We love for our guests to enjoy a joke and witty light hearted conversation, perhaps over a glass of wine or a cold beer in the evening. After active days exploring the island, it’s important our guests are able to relax and put their feet up.