Kiribati Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Kiribati

Where is it?: Oceania, group of 33 coral atolls in the Pacific Ocean, straddling the equator; the capital Tarawa is about one-half of the way from Hawaii to Australia

Why do people go here?: Coral atolls and the infamously named Christmas Island provide Kiribati with its claims to fame. There are not a lot of tourists here, but those who can afford the time and the flight costs are welcomed by locals.

What are the main entry points?: Christmas Island and Tarawa are home to the international airports, but you have to come from nearby island or Honolulu.

Currency used: Australian dollar (AUD)

Country Code: 686

Area codes for Major Cities: No city codes required

Religion: Roman Catholic 52%, Protestant (Congregational) 40%, some Seventh-Day Adventist, Muslim, Baha’i, Latter-day Saints, and Church of God

Population: 100,000

Ethnic Breakdown: Predominantly Micronesian with some Polynesian

Government: Republic

Languages: I-Kiribati, English (official)

Travel Information

Major Cities: Tarawa

Attractions: Wreck diving, Game fishing, Beaches

Health Issues: A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over 1 year of age coming from infected areas.

Tips for Visiting

When to go: Unlike to like rain and humidity, avoid the wet season from November through February.
Specific Events/Holidays: Independence Day, 12 July (1979)

Getting Around: Passenger ferries will get you around, but a yacht is the only way to travel to the places most others don’t.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Kiribati is the Bonriki International Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Kiribati travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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