The Captain Cook Lodge is operated under an exclusive lease and management agreement between Deer Stone Travel and the Government of Kiribati. This agreement is the first of its kind on Kiritimati. Starting in 2016 discussions were held between the two parties and it took nearly four years before an agreement was reached. Deer Stone Travel brings a long and proven history operating high quality fishing trips in remote areas including Mongolia, Chile and the United States. Deer Stone Travel brings a level of international management, hospitality and professionalism that ensures our clients experience the best Christmas Island has to offer!
Deer Stone Travel
Deer Stone Travel is owned and operated by Dan Bailey. Dan has spent the better part of the last 20 years working in the fly-fishing industry. From his early days working at the Ugly Bug Fly Shop in his hometown of Casper, WY to operating and managing high-end fly-fishing trips to the remote regions of Mongolia. Dan has incorporated resource conservation and community development as part of his businesses for the last 10 years. Graduating from the University of Montana with a Master’s Degree in International Conservation and Development his focus and determination to add value to the resources his business utilizes is a major draw for his work on Christmas Island. He is one of the founding board members of The Taimen Fund a non-profit committed to protecting the world’s last remaining wild taimen. He has called Montana home for the last 18 years and lives in Livingston, MT with his wife and 4 dogs.
Bob and Emma Bryden operate JMB Enterprises on the island of Kiritimati. JMB is a successful import/export, grocery and mechanic shop that was started by Bob and Emma’s parents nearly 40 years ago. Today Bob and Emma run the business and are partners with Deer Stone Travel operating the Captain Cook Lodge. Their intimate knowledge and experience operating on Christmas Island is a huge value add to our client’s enjoyment at the Captain Cook Lodge. Bob and Emma have incredible stories from their lives growing up on Kiritimati that are best heard with a cold beer and some of their famous tuna jerky in hand!