Mauri.....this is Hello and Welcome in Kiribati
Kiribati is for travellers - those who have passion for exploring and discovering, people who like an adventure off the tourist trail to places where few have been before, and people who want to understand a country - not just see it. Kiribati will challenge your view of how life should be and show you a less complicated way of living where family and community come first.
Situated in the equatorial pacific, in the east Kiribati offers World Class fishing (both game and bone fishing) from Kiritimati island. In the west is the Gilbert Group of islands, which offer amazing and unique cultural experiences. The country's capital of Tarawa has historic sites and artefacts where one of the bloodiest battles of World War II, the Battle of Tarawa.
If you are visiting as part of yur work, we would encourage you to explore Kiribati to experience these delights - South Tarawa should not be the only Atoll you visit when you have 33 to choose from, even the nearby North Tarawa offers a very different perspective!
The main attractions of Kiribati are marine based: fishing, scuba diving, canoeing, fishing, swimming, snorkeling and cultural immersion are among the most popular activities. An abundance of unexploited marine life can be found in the surrounding seas of all the islands, especially in the waters of Line and Phoenix islands. Among the most famous attractions of Kiribati are its blue lagoons with white sparkling sand beaches, swinging coastal coconut palms and tropical climate.
Christmas Island, also called Kiritimati, is a fly fishing heaven. This atoll in the northern Line Islands has the greatest land area of any coral atoll in the world: 248sq mi. It comprises over 70% of the total land area of Kiribati.
The island is famous for its salt water fly fishing targeting bone fish and giant trevally. Bone fish and giant trevally come in huge numbers with plenty of opportunities to catch double digit catch on a fly. Anglers can catch anywhere from 10 to 30 bonefish a day is the rule not the exception and just add to it a giant trevally or two. In fly fishing, fish are caught by using artificial flies that are cast with a fly fishing rod and a fly line.) A fishing license is $50 per head and charters are easily available.
Bird watching is another popular activity on Christmas Island where endemic birds are easily spotted. The islands of the Line ad Phoenix are nesting grounds for an abundant and diverse population of tropical birds. Extensive populations of birdlife are found on Christmas Island and include shearwater, petrel, tropicbirds, frigate birds, terns, noddies and the Christmas Island warbler, which is found only on Christmas Island.
The aftermath of World War II left scars of what is left of the battle fields between American and Japanese forces. On the island Betio in Tarawa atoll and Butaritari atoll concrete bunkers, rusting canons, sunked warships and downed war airplanes have become some of the historical attractions for tourists. The Cultural Museum (Te Umanibong) on Tawara displays artifacts and other items of cultural and historic significance.
Another historically significant island is Abemama Island where Captain Davis hoisted the Union Jack in 1892. It was also on this island that Robert Louis Stevenson resided in 1889. Butaritari Island, the greenest island, is famous for the traditional art of binekua (calling of the whales to come ashore) by Kuma Villagers.
Outrigger canoe races and dancing contests are a must see while visiting Kiribati and contests are common during festive events such as the National Day 12th July. The opportunity of being in Kiribati during a festive event will enable you to see community gatherings where there will be traditional dancing, singing and storytelling in a maneaba, a community meeting house.
Solitude and tranquility are the focus of an outer islands experience. Here visitors explore and experience the traditional way of life on the outer islands, learn and participate in fishing, dancing, local sports, feasts, canoe riding and sleep in traditional housing.