Kiribati Travel Facts

By | May 5, 2022

Based on map by DigoPaul, Kiribati is an island nation in the Pacific that is threatened with extinction within the next 80 years or so. The 33 islands are on average only around 2 meters above the constantly rising sea level, which will eventually lead to flooding and uninhabitability. Kiribati is a country that has hardly been traveled to, which is why you can spend a very authentic holiday there, especially since its inhabitants are very hospitable.

Capital City South Tarawa
Size 811 km²
Resident 110,000
Official Language Kiribati, English
Currency Kiribati Dollar
Time Zone UTC+12 to UTC+14
Telephone Area Code +686

Fast facts to know

  • State territory extends over a large number of islands of Micronesia and Polynesia.
  • Main islands:
    • Kiritimati
    • tabuaeran
    • Teraina
    • Banaba
    • Tarawa
    • Abariringa
  • Country suffers from severe overpopulation.
  • Little tourist infrastructure available.
  • Threatened with sinking due to sea level rise.
  • Swallowed by the sea by 2100.
  • Consists of 33 small islands.
  • Visa is issued upon entry.
  • Exotic and tranquil travel destination.
  • Diverse vegetation.
  • Rich in birds.
  • One of the least traveled countries in the world.

Exciting cities in Kiribati

  • South Tarawa
  • Bairiki
  • Taburao

History of Kiribati

  • Inhabited by a single Micronesian ethnic group 2000 to 3000 years ago.
  • Beginning of the colonial period from 1606 after discovery by the Portuguese.
  • Increasing influence from the English.
  • From the 1960s on the way to independence from the British colonial power.
  • 07/12/1996 Declaration of Independence.

Climate & travel weather in Kiribati

  • High temperatures all year round.
  • Wet all year round, lots of precipitation.
  • On average, 8 hours of sunshine per day over the year.
  • Best travel time: July to early November, as there is less rainfall here.

Ideas for trips in Kiribati

  • Guided tours of WWII relics and the Gilbert Islands Bay.
  • Snorkeling, fishing, sailing at Butaritari and Abemama.
  • Atolls Teraina, Tabuaeran and Kirimati, also known as Christmas Island, with bathing and shopping opportunities.
  • Kirimati has some very interesting bird sanctuaries.
  • Turtles, rare species of fish, dolphins and rays can be observed.
  • Surfing, diving, water sports.

Eating & Drinking in Kiribati

  • Staple food: rice.
  • Often processed: fish, seafood, poultry, coconut, taro roots, sweet potatoes, pandan nuts.
  • Residents believe that food is a gift from God that must be treated with respect.
  • Very careful preparation, dishes must form a unity of form, color and taste.
  • Spices are particularly important.
  • Asian influences are evident in curry dishes.

Particularly scenic

  • beaches
  • coral reefs
  • atolls
  • Tropical island landscapes

Kiribati Travel Facts