Kiribati Warnings and Dangers

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Kiribati Warnings and Dangers

  • Don't swim in the lagoon....

    Swimming is good on the ocean side of Tarawa. I wouldn't swim in the lagoon, after what I witnessed there many times. Frankly, the people use the lagoon as a toilet. You see them run out there in low tide to empty their bowels. I suspect they have the tide times memorized, since they synchronize their ablutions to the low tides

  • General health warnings

    Bring your own mosquito repellant and sun screen. Despite being very sunny with a lot of mosquitoes, you can't buy these two items in Kiribati!Mosquitoes are plentiful both in the day and at night. There is no malaria in Kiribati, but occasional outbreaks of dengue fever, which is carried by daytime mosquitoes, so don't skip the repellant just...

  • Beware in Betio

    Betio in South Tarawa is notorious for several reasons, and rightly so.First of all, the sea there is HEAVILY polluted. This much is obvious just looking at it, but just in case you were thinking of taking a dip anyway - DON'T! On Betio's Red beach, also look out for human and dog excrement on the sand, as well as all manner of debris including...

  • Swimming with the fishes - brown trouts,...

    The number one thing that anybody will warn you about in Kiribati is DON'T SWIM IN SOUTH TARAWA LAGOON! It looks lovely, but simply put, there are 40,000 people in South Tarawa and the majority of them use the lagoon as their toilet. As the water is very still, it doesn't get much of a wash-out, so while the effluent dissolves, its "qualities" are...

  • Visa, currency, cash!

    There is no ATM on the airport! If you have not already got a visa, you have to buy one at the airport, the cost was 50 AUD in 2001. Kiribati use Australian dollars as their currency.We had neither cash nor visas, but they let us into the country anyway. They took our passports, and we had to come to the presidents office the next day to pay for...

  • Wild Dogs

    Here's the tip I was given. "If you ever find yourself in the jungle surrounded by wild dogs and they start circling you, always try to determine which is the leader. He's probably the most aggressive one. Try to keep your front to him, since pack will want to take you down from behind and the leader will usually start the attack."I was ten and...

  • Falling Coconuts

    Falling Coconuts: I'm not kidding! If you hear rustling in the palm fronds of the trees above you don't assume it's a bird. Cover Your Head! Since there weren't any hospitals on the island (just a drunk doctor) the last thing you need is a gaping head wound. I was never hit but there were a few close calls. The heavy thump of a coconut hitting a...

  • Be very careful with the water...

    Be very careful with the water you drink. Tarawa has a huge problem with Hepatitis A which undoubtedly has something to do with the only water source on the atoll being a small lens of fresh water just under the surface coupled with densely packed humans with few sanitary plumbing facilities. Bring a good filter or plan on buying bottled.

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