Tarawa Atoll
The permanent population is over 119,000, more than half of whom live on Tarawa atoll.

Tarawa Atoll

The permanent population is over 119,000, more than half of whom live on Tarawa atoll.

9 BEST Things to Do in Kiribati (Explore the world's largest marine protected area)
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Oceania, group of 32 coral atolls and one raised coral island in the Pacific Ocean, straddling the Equator; the capital Tarawa is about halfway between Hawaii and Australia


Australian dollars (AUD)


811 sq km


113,001 (July 2021 est.)


I-Kiribati, English (official)


Roman Catholic 57.3%, Kiribati Uniting Church 31.3%, Christ of Jesus Christ 5.3%, Baha'i 2.1%, Seventh Day Adventist 1.9%, other 2.1% (2015 est.)



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Things to Do

  • 1. Snorkeling in Tarawa

    Explore the vibrant coral reefs surrounding Tarawa and get up close and personal with tropical fish.

  • 2. Kayaking in the Gilbert Islands

    Paddle through the crystal clear waters of the Gilbert Islands and discover untouched beaches and hidden lagoons.

  • 3. Fishing in Kiritimati

    Experience world-class fishing in the remote and pristine waters of Kiritimati, known for its abundance of fish species.

  • 4. Visiting the WWII Relics in Betio

    Explore the historical sites and artifacts from World War II on the island of Betio, where a major battle took place.

  • 5. Cycling in Abaiang

    Take a leisurely bike ride through the picturesque villages and coconut groves of Abaiang.

  • 6. Hiking to the Bonriki Lagoon

    Embark on a scenic hike to the Bonriki Lagoon, surrounded by lush vegetation and offering breathtaking views.

  • 7. Sailing in the Phoenix Islands

    Set sail on a sailing yacht and explore the stunning Phoenix Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • 8. Birdwatching in Nikumaroro

    Spot a variety of bird species, including the rare Phoenix Petrel, on the remote island of Nikumaroro.

  • 9. Exploring the Equator Line in Fanning Island

    Visit Fanning Island, located on the equator, and experience the unique sensation of being in both the northern and southern hemispheres at once.

  • 10. Swimming with Manta Rays in Marakei

    Dive into the clear waters of Marakei and swim with majestic manta rays, a truly unforgettable experience.



Kiribati has a warm and humid tropical climate, with temperatures ranging from 26-32°C (79-90°F) throughout the year. The country experiences heavy rainfall from November to March and occasional typhoons.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Kiribati is between May to October, when the weather is dry, sunny and the water temperature is warm. This period offers good opportunities for outdoor activities such as snorkeling, fishing, and diving. However, it's important to check the typhoon season before planning your trip.




Palusami is a traditional Kiribati dish made from taro leaves, coconut cream, onions, and sometimes fish or meat. The taro leaves are filled with a mixture of grated coconut, onions, and seasonings, which are then wrapped in the leaves and cooked in coconut cream. This dish represents the rich flavors of the island and is a staple in Kiribati cuisine.

Rei Mwane

Rei Mwane

Rei Mwane is a delicious fish dish in Kiribati, where raw fish is marinated in lime juice and soaked in coconut milk. The lime juice 'cooks' the fish, giving it a delightful citrusy flavor and tender texture. This dish is a refreshing and flavorful delicacy enjoyed in Kiribati.



Kakamora is a popular dessert in Kiribati made from ripe bananas, coconut cream, and sugar. The bananas are cooked in coconut cream and sugar, creating a sweet and creamy dessert that represents the tropical flavors of Kiribati. Kakamora is a delightful treat enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.

Te Bontei

Te Bontei

Te Bontei is a savory coconut crab curry dish in Kiribati. The dish features fresh coconut crab cooked in a flavorful curry sauce made from coconut milk, onions, tomatoes, and a blend of local spices. Te Bontei is a true taste of Kiribati's seafood-rich cuisine and a must-try for crab lovers.



Tetobu is a traditional breadfruit dish in Kiribati, where breadfruit is sliced and cooked in coconut milk, onions, and seasoning. The creamy texture of the breadfruit pairs perfectly with the rich coconut milk, creating a comforting and satisfying dish that represents the simplicity and deliciousness of Kiribati cuisine.



Budget-friendly guesthouses are widely available on Tarawa, Kiritimati and other smaller islands. They offer basic amenities like air conditioning and private bathroom.


Camping sites are also an option for budget travelers in Kiribati, providing an opportunity to immerse in the local culture and experience the stunning natural surroundings.


Mid-range resorts are available on some of the larger islands in Kiribati, offering a range of facilities such as swimming pools, restaurants, and activities like snorkeling and fishing trips.


Homestays are a great option for those looking for a cultural experience, as they provide the opportunity to live with a local family and learn about their way of life.

Private Villas

Private villas with a range of facilities such as air conditioning, private pools, and scenic views are available in Kiribati.

Luxury Resorts

A few high-end resorts are available on Tarawa and Kiritimati, offering luxury amenities like spas, restaurants, and water activities.



Air Kiribati: Air Kiribati operates flights between the main island of Tarawa and other outer islands in Kiribati.

Ferry Services

Regular ferry services operate between Tarawa and other islands in Kiribati, providing a cost-effective way of traveling between islands.

Charter Boats

Charter boats are also available for hire for those who want to explore the remote islands in Kiribati.

Cars and Bikes

Cars and bikes can be rented on Tarawa and other larger islands, allowing visitors to explore the island at their own pace.

Local Transportation

Local buses and taxis are available on Tarawa and other larger islands, providing a convenient way of getting around. Bikes can also be rented for exploring the island on two wheels.



  • The currency in Kiribati is the Australian Dollar (AUD).

Cash And Cards

  • Cash is the primary form of payment in Kiribati, as credit cards are not widely accepted. It is advisable to carry enough cash for your needs.
  • There are limited ATMs available in Kiribati, mainly in the main towns and resorts. It is recommended to withdraw enough cash before visiting remote areas.


  • There are limited ATMs available in Kiribati, mainly in the main towns and resorts. It is recommended to withdraw enough cash before visiting remote areas.


  • Tipping is not common in Kiribati, as most services include a service charge. However, if you feel satisfied with the service, you can leave a small tip as a gesture of appreciation.

Cost Of Living

  • The cost of living in Kiribati is relatively high, especially for imported goods.
  • Local produce and seafood can be more affordable compared to imported items.


  • Be cautious of scams targeting tourists, such as overcharging for goods and services. It is advisable to negotiate prices beforehand and be aware of the local pricing norms.
  • Be cautious when using ATMs and ensure there are no skimming devices attached.