Kiribati is an archipelago of about 33 coral islands, spread across three island groups, the Line Islands, the Gilbert Islands, and the Phoenix Islands. All these islands (except the Banaba Island) are atolls (ring-shaped islands with lagoons in the center), 21 of which are inhabited. This island nation lies in the Central Pacific Ocean, with South Tarawa being the capital. Once you have explored the archaeological monuments, archives, and churches of Kiribati, escape to the sandy beaches, breathtaking islands, and enigmatic lagoons for rejuvenating your soul.
Best time to visit
March through October is the best period to visit Kiribati when there is low or no rainfall, accompanied by cool weather. It is also an ideal time for scuba diving and boating. If you are in for bird-watching on Christmas Island, then June to December are the best months. Join the locals to celebrate Kiribati’s major festivals and events, such as Independence Day, Christmas, Youth Day, New Year’s Eve, and Betio Game Fishing Competition.
How to reach Kiribati
Bonriki International Airport is the only international airport in Kiribati, with excellent connectivity to major cities of the world. It is located at about 14 km from Tarawa (part of South Tarawa) on the Gilbert Islands. The Cassidy International Airport is another operational airport located on Christmas Island (Kiritimati), to the north of Banana, and close to London in Kiribati. You can opt for private taxis to travel between Kiritimati and Kiribati, as there are no domestic flights
. Travelers can also fly with Fiji Airways via Nadi to reach the Gilbert Islands. Top domestic and international airlines, such as Jet Airways, Cathay Pacific
, Air India, Singapore Airlines
, etc. ply several connecting flights every week, from India to South Tarawa and Kiritimati.
Places to stay
Tarawa’s major areas and islets such as Bikenibeu, Betio, Abatao, Temaiku, Bonriki, Bairiki, Taborio, and Ambo Island, as well as Christmas Island, provide comfortable accommodation options for tourists. You can stay in budget hotels, luxury resorts, guesthouses, beachside resorts, etc. based on your preferences. The per-night hotel tariff varies from INR 3,000 to INR 6,000, approximately.
Kiribati National Library and Archives, Ambo Island, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Koinava Cathedral, and Parliament Building are the top tourist attractions in Tarawa atoll. Behold the mesmerizing views of Tarawa’s coral reefs and myriad flora.
Your holiday to Kiribati is not complete without exploring the Phoenix Islands, Fenua-ura (Fanning Island or Tabuaeran), Christmas Island, Kuria Island, Betio Island, Marakei Island, Butaritari Atoll, Abemama Island, and the Abaiang Island. Bird-watching is a popular activity on Christmas Island. These islands offer fascinating marine and wildlife treasures, utterly beautiful scenery, interesting war remains, ancient ruins, and exciting water sports activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, game fishing, etc. Do not miss the traditional ‘ruoia’ dances performed by the skilled dancers of Kiribati.
Shopping in Kiribati
Kiribati’s popular products include handicrafts like table mats, cups, baskets, and necklaces made from coconut shells, Pandanus leaves, sea shells, and coconut leaves; small models of Gilbertese houses and canoes; shark-tooth sword (made of polished coconut wood), and Tibuta (colorful tops worn by local women). You can buy these unique items from the popular Itoiningaina Handicraft Center or the RAK Handicraft Centre, in Tarawa.
Rice and fish is the most important meal here, served with different fish delicacies. Palu Sami (a concoction of coconut cream, onion, and curry powder, served with meat) is a specialty and you must try it. People from Kiribati also use a lot of spices and sauces. Apart from these, their staple foods include Breadfruit, Pandanus, Coconut, Taro, and Yams. Kava (a drink made from the roots of Kava plant) is the authentic drink of Kiribati. Alcohol is banned in a few of the outer Islands, but in Kiribati, beer is most popular.
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