Tarawa and Christmas Island
Kiribati was first settled between 200 and 500 AD.
Today Kiribati is an independent republic and comprises the Gilbert, Phoenix and Line
groups of islands. There are some 30 low lying coral islands with a total land area of
over 800 square kilometres. The capital is Tarawa and the population of 65,000 is mainly
Micronesian. English is the official language, but Gilbertese and Kiribati are the main
local languages. The country become a republic in 1979.
There are two hotels worth staying at in Kiribati.
One is located on Tarawa, and the second is on Christmas Island. Guest houses on some of
the other islands are made of local materials in the traditional style. Hotels offer
restaurants which feature local seafood. Kiribati is not a
standard tourist destination, there are no resorts in Kiribati and if you are
looking for an idealic holiday destination then Kiribati is not for you.
The climate is tropical and the wet season is from
November to April. Local currency is the Australian dollar. Local taxis and buses are
available on South Tarawa and boats and ferries operate to the outer islands.
There are scheduled flights from Tarawa to the outer islands.
The war relics on Betio are a reminder of the
thousands of American and Japanese soldiers killed there in WW2. The islet of Betio where
the Battle of Tarawa took place offers a wealth of war history and many relics. When you
visit Tarawa you should not miss a tour to view the many World War 2 relics still to be
How to get to Kiribati
Tarawa and Christmas Island are serviced by
Air Pacific via Fiji. Packages are available
Packages to Tarawa
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