The tiny island nation of Kiribati measures a little more than 810 square kilometres. Located near the famous Christmas Island and belonging to Australia in the Indian Ocean, this is a good place to get back to basics and discover what it is truly like to live on a tropical island paradise. Most local people here live in thatched huts and practice traditional skills such as fishing, weaving and dancing.
More commonly known as Christmas Island, Kiritimati is located to the north of Kiribati. This picturesque island is a popular spot for water sports such as snorkelling, scuba diving and swimming and also discovering the bonefish that lurk on the sand flats. There are a number of bars lining the beaches, which are a good place to sit and sip a cocktail while watching the sun slowly sink beneath the horizon.
While there are dozens of other islands surrounding Kiribati, Tarawana Atoll is one of the largest. Most of the island’s inhabitants live in South Tarawana, and this is where most of the businesses, services and most beautiful beaches can be found. Tarawana Atoll is a great place for simply lounging around on the beach and snorkelling.
There is limited accommodation on Kiribati and most visitors to this area opt to stay on nearby Tarawa or Christmas Island, where there are plenty of hotels with air-conditioning and other modern conveniences. However, there is a good selection of homestay accommodation on Kiribati, which is a good way to learn about the daily life of the people whom live on the island.
Most people tend to arrive on Kiribati via Bonriki International Airport (TRW), which is served by Air Kiribati, after arriving at the large airport at either Tarawa or Christmas Island and taking a connecting flight. There are also regular ferries to Kiribati from surrounding islands such as Fanning, Christmas and Tarawa Island.