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Kiribati - And then I heard my sock say, ‘let’s play hide and seek.’” - Elter photo

Oceania - Kiribati - meeting - Elter photo

Kiribati - meeting - inside view - Elter photo

Practicals

Transport

Get in: Fiji Air and Nauru Air operate scheduled flights to Kiribati


Bus:

On the Tarawa atoll, scheduled minibus services operate between Buota and Betio.Cheap and fast. 

No public vehicles on the outer islands and in the northern area of Tarawa.
Tourists may rent a motorbike or a scooter.

Taxi:

NO taxis in Kiribati!


Domestic air links:

There is no air link between the two archipelagos: Tarawa and Phoenix

Ships, ferries:

The technical safety of the interisland ships and ferries often can not meet international standards

Oceania - central Pacific Ocean - Kiribati - runway - elter photo

Oceania - Kiribati - coastal road - elter photo

Kiribati - Bairiki - Iraua Ngkai Butim? means How fast are you driving? In fact there is another sign board on the other side with an English translation (thanks Visit Kiribati FB site!)

Kiribati - Nippon Causeway linking Betio island to the rest of South Tarawa

Shopping

There are bank branches and ATMs on the islands of Tarawa and Kiritimati, and you can use VISA and MasterCard debit cards in some laces on these two islands. On the other islands, you have to pay cash.

Fun

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Kiribati - exclusive entertainment - Elter photo

Health

Don't drink tap water.

Vigilant protection from intense sun rays is a must.

Be cautious with eating seafood (like shrimps) caught from polluted seawater, may cause toxicosis.

Hygiene risk: local practice of defecating on the beach or in the bushes.

Access to professional medical care is minimal. In the event of more severe sickness or accident, the patient can only receive adequate care outside Kiribati -  - the next location in Australia or New Zealand or Hawaii.

Others

1. The standard voltage is:240V

2. Wifi are available in hotels

3. No tourism information desk (brochures) at the international airport

Kiribati - the island of Buariki - beach with overwater huts - Viktor Ohotin's photo

Background

Kiribati - national flag

Destination in brief

Kiribati consists of 33 atolls and reef islands, only 21 of them are inhabited.

Kiribati gained independence from Great Britain in 1979.

Size: 811 km² (313.1 mi²) - The islands extend about 3,900 km (about 2,400 mi) from east to west.

Population (in 2020): 119,500

Capital city: Bairiki (on the Tarawa atoll)

Languages: English and Kiribai

Currency: Australian dollar (AUD)

The islands of Kiribati got an Equatorial climate. Typhoons occur in November-April. Rainy season: December-May. Best timing of a tourist visit: June-November 

Kiribati is a left-hand driving country.

Average net monthly salary (in 2020): 1100 USD

Geography

Climate change poses double lousy luck.

  1. Rising sea levels. The vast majority of Kiribati is only 30 or 60 centimeters (a foot or two) above sea level. When sea levels are raised (often by surges caused by tropical storms), substantial parts of the country flood already.
  2. Coral destruction. The warmer and more acidic seawater is killing the coral. The living coral helps protect the dead coral from erosion, so when the coral dies, Kiribati starts eroding from natural processes. (Steven)

Environment


Hereabout, wind and rain bring any thrown garbage to the ocean shore, sooner or later.  In Kiribati, it is a centuries-old habit of the locals to leave household waste on the ocean shore. But the fabric and quantity of that waste have changed a lot. If earlier it was organic, today it is plastic and iron.



Kiribati - sandbags - Elter photo

Oceania - Kiribati - nature - Elter photo

Kiribati - the highest point of the main atoll, South Tarawa - Viktor Ohotin's photo

History

Europeans started to build up contacts between the 16th and 19th centuries.

The Japanese occupied some atolls of Kiribati during the WW2 (1941-1943)

Kiribati - South Tarawa - Japanese Vickers 20cm cannon from the 1943 WW2 battle between Japanese occupation forces and the invading US army - Viktor Ohotin's photo

Nowadays

Political system





Oceania- Kiribati - Parliament House (House of Assembly) on Tarawa atoll - Elter photo

Kiribati - a Roman Catholic Church in Bairiki - in a new color - Elter photo ----------------------- Religion is of great importance to the locals. Churches are well-kept, in good shape, even in impoverished settlements.

Kiribati - worshippers - Elter photo

People

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Kiribati - waiting for something - presumably not for Godot - Elter photo

Kiribati - kids

Kiribati - girls - a. p. photo

Kiribati - guys - a.p. photo

Tourist etiquette

1. Loose, cool clothing suits the hot climate; however, you must dress modestly in villages, religious and cultural areas.

2. The locals love to be photographed; however, please respect their dignity and privacy, so ask for permission before taking photos.

3. Touching of heads is considered very intimate, and the top of the head is a taboo area.

4. Nudism is illegal in Kiribati

Kiribati - South Tarawa - There are mostly no benches in the churches around here, and you can lie down on the stone floor as you like, even during a mass. - Viktor Ohotin's photo

Attractions

Churches

Oceania - central Pacific Ocean - Kiribati - South Tarawa - a Roman Catholic Cathedral - elter photo

Kiribati - Bairiki - Catholic Church - Elter photo

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