Kiribati Things to Do

  • North Tarawa
    North Tarawa
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  • North Tarawa lagoon side
    North Tarawa lagoon side
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  • Bridge in Norh Tarawa
    Bridge in Norh Tarawa
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Kiribati Things to Do

  • Biking on North Tarawa

    Atolls are a great place for a bike ride - the southern part of North Tarawa has no cars so biking gets you a lot further to see more. Good news - atolls are flat so it makes riding easy. Bad news - you come to a channel of water to cross about every mile or less. I would not recommend it for South Tarawa though as the drivers are pretty agressive.

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  • Visit Abaiang's main church

    This is the large Catholic church on Abaiang, made of limestone. It is of impressive size, given how few people live on Abaiang. It is in the village of Koinawa, not far from the school.

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  • Take Air Kiribati between atolls

    If you dare.... one of their two little planes crashed. And when I was on Air Kiribati, there were 3 more passengers than seats - passengers were sitting in each others' laps ! Here is the view of Marakei atoll from the air.

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  • Visit the school on Abaiang

    As you might expect, there is just one school for all ages. But this school is large, and attracts students from other atolls as well. I had a tour and a talk with an Australian schoolmaster there.

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  • Visit Abaiang, an outer atoll

    Abaiang is a 4-hour boat ride (or 15 minute plane ride) from Tarawa. I really enjoyed it. It offers a more traditional and more rural Kiribati than Tarawa. There is one ring-road through Abaiang. You see people employed with coconuts - harvesting them, cutting them open, drying them, etc. Electric power comes on only at night, for a few hours. When...

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  • See the WW2 guns and tanks

    In December 1941, a few days after Pearl Harbor, the Japanese occupied 3 of the atolls of Kiribati. They remained until a US offensive in November 1943 - this was the Battle of Tarawa, and took place at Betio (the island at the extreme southwest of Tarawa atoll). The US won this battle, but at great loss of life (thousands of dead on both sides)....

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  • Wander the streets of Betio

    Do this during the day only (see my danger tip). Tarawa's population is most heavily concentrated at Betio, which is at the far southwest emd of Tarawa. This is also where the WW2 battle took place between the US and Japanese.

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  • See Betio Harbour

    In general, you see very little economic activity happening in Kiribati. But take a trip to Betio harbour and you'll see some activity. This is where the boats go to the outer atolls. It's also where many fishing vessels come in. Kiribati makes a fair amount of its revenue from concessions to Japanese fishing vessels to fish its waters.

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  • See the parliament buildings

    Kiribati's modern parliament buildings are on Bairiki Island, north side, on Tarawa atoll. A photo of them appears at the top of my Kiribati intro. They are a stylized version of traditional Kiribati huts. Just in front of them is this map of Kiribati. This gives you a good idea of the vastness of the area over which the islands are scattered -...

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  • See Kiribati from the air

    Kiribati consists of dozens of atolls. Each atoll consists of many long narrow islands arranged in a circle; by 'narrow', I mean usually less than 200 metres wide. The whole circle of islands in an atoll may be 50 km or 80 km long. Here is a view of Tarawa atoll from the air; this is the most populated atoll, and the one considered to be Kiribati's...

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  • Outer Gilbert Islands

    If you're feeling more adventurous and have enough time to see more than Tarawa, then fly to one of the outer Gilbert Islands. They are all serviced (relatively) regularly by Air Kiribati, although these services are subject to delays and cancellations as the fleet consists of ONE aircraft! So allow a significant buffer zone around your plans.If...

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  • Real Kiribati life in the capital

    Tarawa, Kiribati's capital atoll, is roughly divided into two halves, north and south. South Tarawa gets a lot of bad press, and in many cases rightly so, so if you don't have the time or inclination to get to an outer island, I strongly recommend a visit to North Tarawa, which is very close to the south (which in almost all likelihood you will be...

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  • War relics

    Get the bus to Betio and check out the leftovers from the Battle of Tarawa, one of World War II's fiercest conflicts, which took place between the US and Japan.First of all, take a look around the town of Betio, which is the bustling population centre of Kiribati and is the only place to find reasonable shopping, facilities and nightlife.First of...

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  • WWII relics

    This wreck is in the Butaritari lagoon. It is not a museum of any sort, the wreckages are just there because nobody have removed them.Large battles took place between Japan and USA during WWII. The linked page is Jane Restures page about these battles.In Betio, a part of the Tarawa atoll, one of the worst battles of the second world war took place....

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  • Copramaking

    Copra is a main export product from Kiribati. We visited a muto in the Butaritari lagoon, where local people move out for a couple of months each year to make copra. See the travelogue about the visit on my Gilbert Islands page.

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  • Trip to Butaritari

    Butaritari is one of the outer islands in the Gilberts, 1 hour by air north of Tarawa. Since Butaritari is not a destination of it's own in VT, I have made a travelogue about the trip on my Gilbert Island page.All in all the week we spent on Butaritari was the best part of our Kiribati adventure!

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  • Trip to Abaiang

    Abaiang is another Island in the Gilberts. It does not appear in the list of destinations, thus I made a travelogue about this journey on my Gilbert Islands page. Travelling around Kiribati has tought me a lot, like for instance: serenity, equanimity and patience. Why rush? The boat leaves when the tide is right and the plane arrives after dropping...

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  • Finding things on the beach

    It is great fun to walk on the beach and find things! My brother and I found this scull, and I put it on my head to scare Mom afterwards. I am sure it used to belong to a BIG and sceary animal. But Mom says the biggest animals in Kiribati are dogs and pigs, and that they were imported, whatever that means, by humans. Maybe this scull came from a...

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  • Not a moose thing

    Definitely not a thing to do for a moose from the big forests. 3 1/2 hours on this boat, and the waves were HUGE. My brother and I got SOOO seasick :-( But the dolphins who played around the boat were cute.(Yes, I know my mother has used this picture, too, but I just had to warn you!)

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  • Snorkeling

    One day we went snorkeling. Did you know that moose can swim? Well, we can, and snorkeling was great fun! We saw many beautiful fishes and an old boat that had sunken in the war, or something.

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  • Snorkling

    Kiribati is a chain of atols and, as such, they are mostly reef. The oceanside reef on Beru went out for what seemed like miles but was still only less than neck deep... You can just float around looking down at hundreds of species of tropical fish... but wear shoes since the coral is sharp and will cut you up.Also watch out for the drag... the...

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