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KIRIBATI

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Kiribati (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 Islands.

All 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.

 

Kiribati Diving and Accommodations

 

Adventure Dive & Fishing Lodge
Ronton village,
Christmas Island
Kiribati
Tel. 686 81364
Fax. 686 81246
etekabaia2@gmail.com
A resort established for eco-tourists who wish to truly experience the underwater and flyfishing riches of the largest coral island in the world.



Getting There

Kiribati has 3 International gateways. These are located on Tarawa, Kiritimati and Kanton Islands.

Kiritimati (Christmas) Island

Fiji Airways

Tarawa

Fiji Airways

Nauru Airline

Kanton Island

Kanton 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 info@kiribatitourism.gov.ki

Domestic Flights
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.

By Sea
International ports are Banaba, Christmas Island and Tarawa. Kiribati is served by Norwegian Cruise Lines, which call at Fanning Island

Entry Requirements
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.

Travel Tips

Rental Cars
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.

Electricity
240 volts AC, 50Hz.

Communications
The Government provides radio and postal services to all inhabited islands.

Telephone
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.

Mobile telephone
GSM 900 network in use. Network provider is Telecom Services Kiribati Ltd (website: www.tskl.net.ki).

Fax
This is available at the local Telecoms Office.

Telegram
Available in Betio Mon-Fri 0800-1900 and on outer islands Mon-Fri 0800-1600. Telegrams may take several days to reach Europe.

Internet
ISPs include VPM Internet Services. There are currently no Internet cafes in Kiribati.

Postal Services
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.

Press
The weekly papers are Kiribati Newstar and Te Uekera, published in English and Kiribati. Kiribati Business Link is published in English.

Radio
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.

Activities

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 reefs.
 
 

 


 










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