An island nation in the tropical Pacific Ocean full of coral reefs and wildlife. Kiribati is part of Micronesia, a large group of islands and countries in vast Oceania.
Here are almost 32 atolls, each with their own unique characteristics. The name Kiribati is derived from Gilberts, which is the original name of these islands. The people who live here speak the oceanic language, but over time, there have been some who have migrated from other parts of the world here, so English is also spoken, but not widely.
An island that thrives on fish, copra and tourism has been inviting people to visit it to show off its treasures. Here are five things tourists should see while on vacation in Kiribati.
Abaiang is a place that most tourists like to visit. Literally meaning North Island, this Abaiang is the most popular island among all the Kiribati islands. Although it is well connected with the other islands, it is the most remote of all and offers a unique experience of isolation and calm. Women who weave salty clams is a common thing here, which is what fascinates visitors. If you are in the mood for an adventure, you can take a bike and climb the church and admire the beautiful stained glass windows there.
Abemama is an island that is home to the royal family which can be accessed byboat or plane from Tarawa. The place has the easiest access to the surrounding reefs, making it the most popular of all. A unique type of barking frog is found here on sandy beaches, and the place is also popular, as this is where Robert Louis Stevenson is said to have fallen here in 1889. This is the only island that is a Crown colony., after being part of the British domain.
One of the islands in the outer Kiribati region, Butaritari is where there are many activities and marine life throughout the year. Coconuts, breadfruit, and other tree fruits can be found in abundance here. Thanks to the crystal clear water and the beaches, people come here to relax and unwind, away from the life of their city. This place also has a rich history related to the Second World War.
For bird lovers, Kiribati is a paradise. Here are the most exotic bird species, which can be seen early in the morning. Petrels, Shearwater, Terns and many more birds flock to Christmas Island. Exclusive birdwatching tours and packages are offered to those interested, but be sure to check the details before booking your flights to Kiribati.
Fanning Island is also known as Taubuaran, the island is where most tourists land as it is a cruise destination. For water sports lovers, there are snorkeling and sightseeing tours available around here. All of this will leave tourists amazed at how much is in store on a small island. So when you decide to take a trip to Kiribati, have your swimsuits ready for fun.
Kiribati, the short story
Kiribati officially the Republic of Kiribati is a country in the central Pacific Ocean. The permanent population is just over 110,000, more than half of whom live on Tarawa atoll. The state comprises 32 atolls and one raised coral island, Banaba. They have a total land area of 800 square kilometers and are dispersed over 3.5 million square kilometers (1.3 million square miles).
Kiribati’s easternmost islands, the southern Line Islands, south of Hawaii, have the most advanced time on Earth: UTC+14 hours. Kiribati is the only country in the world to be situated in all four hemispheres.
Kiribati gained its independence from the United Kingdom, becoming a sovereign state in 1979. The capital, South Tarawa, now the most populated area, consists of a number of islets, connected by a series of causeways. These comprise about half the area of Tarawa Atoll.
The beautiful islands of Oceania
- Intro to Oceania
- Easter Islands
- Bora Bora
- Kiribati (this one)
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- Cook Islands