Straddling the equator and right on the International Dateline, Kiribati (pronounced Kiribass) is a nation of 33 widely spread atolls that are good for diving, bird watching and enjoying Micronesian culture. Racked by battle in WWII, ravaged by Cold War thermonuclear devices and spooked by rising sea levels today, this country of low-lying islands is as unique and remote as they come.
The Nation Kiribati is one of the worlds smallest but if you take the Ocean surrounding it and its islands its one of the biggest. Kiribati have 3.4 million square kilometres of water, and should be wealthy as a nation but the EU is warning Kiribati by concerns about the country’s capacity to control fishing activities by foreign fleets. They are Fishing illigaly in Kiribatis waters.
The region is comprised of three groups; the Gilberts, where the capital Tarawa is. The Line Islands, site of the famous Christmas Island (not the Australian one), and the lesser known Phoenix group.
Most visitors head out on boating trips, dives or by sea plane to see paradise islands. I diddent do any of these tours as there arnt to many tourists here and it is expensive renting/chartering alone. But i did walk the entire stretch of land from Betio to Abatao, along the way you can see the life of the islander, some war relics as guns, shipwrecks and tanks. The Parliament house is worth the picture, but its the people and the storys that are really interresting here.
The locals are friendly and welcoming and love to show their culture during Island nights, cava ceremonies and showing their handicrafts. The cuisine is largely sea-based and very basic, while expat bars and guesthouses often have western stuff. The nightlife is nothing to write home about, which suits most visitors seeking relaxation, while accommodation, for the most part is basic but clean. Kiribati is not hard to get to, but the cost of a flights here could be as much as 1500 US roundfare from Fiji.