(pronounced Kiribas) is an independent republic within
the Commonwealth of Nations, located in the central
Pacific Ocean, about 4,000 km (about 2,500 mi) southwest
of Hawaii. It is part of the division of the Pacific
islands that is known as Micronesia. Kiribati consists
of 33 coral islands divided among three island groups:
the Gilbert Islands, the Phoenix Islands, and the Line
of the islands are atolls (ring-shaped islands with
central lagoons) except for the island of Banaba in
the Gilbert Islands which is a raised limestone Island.
Of the 33 islands of Kiribati, 21 are inhabited. Most
of the population is concentrated in the Gilbert Islands
and only one of the islands in Phoenix Group (Kanton
Island) is inhabited and three of the Line Islands are
permanently inhabited. The capital of Kiribati is Tarawa,
an atoll in the Gilbert Islands. Bairiki, an islet of
Tarawa, serves as an administrative center.
All year round, daytime highs are in the mid-80's with
moderate humidity, while evening lows are typically
72 degrees with a light breeze. Bonefishing, offshore
fishing and diving is available year-round on Christmas
Island due to the remarkably stable weather. Water temperature
ranges from 77-82 degrees year round.
Diving and Accommodations
Dive & Fishing Lodge
Tel. 686 81364
Fax. 686 81246
A resort established for eco-tourists who wish
to truly experience the underwater and flyfishing
riches of the largest coral island in the world.
Kiribati has 3 International gateways. These are located
on Tarawa, Kiritimati and Kanton Islands.
Island is accessible only by private flight and boat
charters - if you would like more information about
private charters, please contact the Kiribati Tourism
Office at email@example.com
The national airline of Kiribati, Air
Kiribati provides Trislander, Y12 and Casa inter-island
plane connection several times a week to most of the islands.
Charter flights can also be arranged.
International ports are Banaba, Christmas Island and Tarawa.
Kiribati is served by Norwegian Cruise Lines, which call
at Fanning Island
All visitors to Kiribati must be in possession of a valid
passport and onward ticket and must have proof of sufficient
funds to support themselves while staying in the country.
Visa is required except for Nationals of Kiribati and
of the following countries coming for a stay max. 28 days:
Antigua, Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Botswana, Canada,
Cyprus, Denmark, Fiji, Grenada, Guyana, Iceland, India,
Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Malta,
New Zealand, Norway, Samoa (Western), San Marina, Seychelles,
Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Spain, St Keitt-Nevis,
St. Lucia, Sweden, Switzerland, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago,
Tunisia, Tuvalu, United Kingdom (not Northern Ireland),
Uruguay, Vanuatu, and Zimbabwe. Holders of passports of
the following Commonwealth territories, coming for a stay
of maximum 28 days: Bermuda, British, Virgin Islands,
Cayman Islands, Cook Islands, Falkland Islands, Gilbralta,
Hong Kong, Moniserrat, Niue, Turks, and Caicos. For a
stay of maximum 20 days holders of passports issued by
the Authorities of American Samoa, Guam, Trust Territories
of the Pacific Islands, Nationals of Ecuador (max. stay
of 20 days), Korea Rep. (South) (max. stay 30 days) Phillippines
(max. stay 21 days). Those continuing their onward journey
to a third country provided holding documents and tickets
with confirmed onward/return reservations to abroad and
do not leave the airport. A fee of AUD$40 for single visa
and AUD$70 for a multiple visa is applicable for the issuing
of the visa.
Those on prepared package tour may obtain their visa from
Immigration Authorities on arrival. Visitors may upon
arrival apply for a visitor's permit entitling them to
a stay for a maximum 4 months in any period of 12 months,
provided they hold: 1. a visa (if required) 2. Tickets
for return or onward travel or sufficient funds to purchase
them 3. Adequate funds for self-maintenance during stay.
Overseas driving licenses and international driving permits
are recognized in Kiribati for a maximum period of two
weeks after arrival. Persons hiring a rental car should
be at least 17 years old.
240 volts AC, 50Hz.
The Government provides radio and postal services to all
Country code: 686. Outgoing international code: 0. Most
international calls from Kiribati have to go through the
operator. IDD is available throughout urban Tarawa. Radio
telephone calls can be arranged to most outer islands.
GSM 900 network in use. Network provider is Telecom Services
Kiribati Ltd (website: www.tskl.net.ki).
This is available at the local Telecoms Office.
Available in Betio Mon-Fri 0800-1900 and on outer islands
Mon-Fri 0800-1600. Telegrams may take several days to
ISPs include VPM Internet Services. There are currently
no Internet cafes in Kiribati.
Airmail to Western Europe takes up to two weeks. There
is a weekly postal service for overseas mail. Post office
hours: Mon-Fri 0900-1500.
The weekly papers are Kiribati Newstar and Te Uekera,
published in English and Kiribati. Kiribati Business Link
is published in English.
BBC World Service (website: www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice)
and Voice of America (website: www.voa.gov) can be received.
From time to time the frequencies change and the most
up-to-date can be found online.
Most resorts offer canoeing, fishing and snorkelling facilities.
Scuba divers are advised to bring their own equipment.
Birdwatching is popular, especially on Christmas Island
where millions of birds are found. Game fishing on Christmas
Island is also popular. A fishing license is not necessary
and charters are easily available. For swimming, numerous
beaches offer safe bathing. Golf can also be played on
Ambo Island (part of Tarawa) where the green of the golf
course is actually rolled sand. However, swimming in south
Tarawa Lagoon is not advisable due to the extent of its
pollution, and extreme caution is recommended on oceanside