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Kiribati

Etymology

The name Kiribati was adopted at independence. It is local enunciation of Gilberts. This name derives from the main archipelago that forms the nation. It was named the Gilbert Islands after the British explorer Thomas Gilbert. He sighted many of the islands in 1788 while mapping out the Outer Passage route from Port Jackson to Canton. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

DJ Marina Kiribati – DJ Marina is a new Bar in Tarawa that start her operation in april 2015. [facebook]

Terau Beach Bungalow – Terau Beach Bungalow is a unique relaxing Guest House located on the beautiful Organic Island of Abaiang, with affordable accommodation. [facebook]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Connecting Singles – Connecting Singles is a 100% FREE Kiribati dating site where you can make friends and meet Kiribati singles. Find an activity partner, new friends, a cool date or a soulmate, for a casual or long term relationship. Meet quality singles in your Kiribati area or worldwide looking for Kiribati dating, friends, love, marriage, romance, or just someone to chat or hang out with. [connecting singles]

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Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Pure Travel – The Republic of Kiribati, an island nation, is located in the central tropical Pacific Ocean. English and Gilbertese are the official languages. English, however, is not commonly used outside the Tarawa, which is the capital of Kiribati and largest city. Because of the presence of as many as 32 atolls and one raised coral Island with 3,500,000 square kilometers of area, it allows you to enjoy your Kiribati holidays to the optimum level. [pure travel]

Sanyog Travel – 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. Kiribati has a total land area of 811 sq km (313 sq mi). The islands extend about 3,900 km (about 2,400 mi) from east to west. [sanyog.travel]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Embrace the bustle of South Tarawa – Most visitors to Kiribati skip the capital and head straight to the archipelago’s sandy shores. It’s easy to see why: bustling South Tarawa is not the prettiest town and its tourist infrastructure is somewhat limited. But if you want to get a true slice of local life – explore local markets and meet the locals – this is the place to be. [world travel guide]

Explore Kiribati’s underwater treasures – Kiribati has the distinction of being the world’s largest coral atoll, and is a dream destination for divers. The archipelago’s beautiful white sandy beaches and crystal-clear lagoons give way to wonderful coral gardens, much of which fall into the Phoenix Island Protected Area, one of the world’s largest marine reserves. [world travel guide]

Get a bird’s-eye view of Kiribati – A fine way to get the whole picture of Kiribati is to take a “flight-seeing” trip on one of the many light aircraft that serve the region. Tours take in the islands of Abaiang, Abemama, Maiana and Tarawa, and other islands can be visited on request. [world travel guide]

Go birdwatching – Birdwatching is popular, especially on Christmas Island where millions of birds swarm everywhere. The archipelago is a major breeding ground and sanctuary for birds in the Pacific and even has its own endemic species: the Christmas Island Warbler. The best time for birdwatching is between June and December. [world travel guide]

Imbibe local culture – Every village in Kiribati has a maneaba, or community centre. Made of coconut wood and pandanus leaves, maneabas are the administrative headquarters of the islands villages, but they are also a place where visitors can enjoy traditional dancing, singing and storytelling. [world travel guide]

Learn about Kiribati’s wartime history – Some of the bloodiest fighting between US and Japanese forces took place in Kiribati and the surrounding islands during WWII. A number of war relics can be seen on Tarawa and Butaritari Island, including defence guns, rusting tanks and concrete bunkers. [world travel guide]

Make a seasonal trip to Christmas Island – Actually, you don’t have to wait till the festive season to visit this stunning atoll. Occupying almost half the landmass of Kiribati, Christmas Island is covered in lakes and ponds and boasts some of the largest bird colonies in the archipelago. [world travel guide]

Try your hand at game fishing – Game fishing is particularly popular on the island and in particular Christmas Island. It’s of a world-class standard and has been the site of many international game fishing world records. Another big lure to Kiribati is the prevalence of the magnificent bonefish. [world travel guide]

Festivals

Festivals

Betio Game Fishing Competition – This is a popular event among expats in South Tarawa, with a monthly competition and weight-ins at Captains Bar in Betio to see the biggest catches. [iexplore]

Christmas – Locals attend church followed by much eating, gift-giving and merriment, just like they do back home. In Kiribati, however, there’s also choir singing, dancing, canoe racing, and a myriad of other sports right up until New Year. Locals also go camping in Taiwan Park and visit nearby islands. [iexplore]

Independence Day – This is the main event on the Kiribati social calendar, celebrating the day the Gilbert Islands gained independence from Great Britain in July of 1979. Though the holiday officially takes place on July 12, the festivities last for several days, starting around the 9th. South Tarawa sees most of the action, including obligatory canoe races, kite-flying and traditional dance, along with wrestling, rugby and other sports ventures. [iexplore]

Kiribati Music and Dance – Kiribati folk music and dance is unique to the region, with chanting accompanied by body percussion and guitar, while dance is typically bird-like with costumed performers. Maneaba have music and dance nightly in-season. [iexplore]

New Year’s Day – Kiribati is the first country in the world to welcome in the New Year, albeit at the Line Islands, and events go off nationwide. All bars and guesthouses have something going on, along with traditional celebrations at the local maneaba (meeting house). [iexplore]

New Year’s Eve – A huge event in Kiribati due to its position in the world, this island nation is the first place to countdown the New Year. There are low-key parties on the beaches and in the towns, while all expat bars and guesthouses put on special events. [iexplore]

Youth Day – August 4 sees the forward-thinking government focus its energy on the Kiribati youth, with the promise of better opportunities through various workshops and programs. Churches and meeting houses see most activity. [iexplore]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Taxis and Car Rental – There are no actual taxis in Kiribati, with private minibuses being the main form of public transportation on South Tarawa and Christmas Island. These minbuses (usually red or white) typically run on a shared system and are hailed at random. They will also drop off anywhere; you simply need to shout i-kai! (stop). They are relatively cheap, though Christmas Island is naturally more expensive. They can also be chartered as a taxi by calling in advance. Utirerei (+686 22 530) is based in Ambo and serves South Tarawa. [iexplore]

Trains and Buses – There is no railway in Kiribati, and the bus service is simply shared minivans that double as charter taxis. They run between the towns of South Tarawa, as well as on Christmas Island from about 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Services are frequent and cheap. There is no bus service outside Tarawa (including the Outer Islands) or Christmas Island, however; you can rent a truck or motorcycle. [iexplore]

Water Taxis – Cruises stop at Tarawa (Gilbert Islands), Christmas Island (Line Islands) and remote Banaba, while Fanning Island (one of the lesser visited Line Islands) is served by Norwegian. Passenger ferries run between the Gilbert Islands, chiefly from Betio to some of the Outer Islands (southern Gilbert), like Maiana and Kuria, as well as up to Abaiang and Marakei in North Tarawa. This service is operated by Supercat, but is sketchy in the wet season. [iexplore]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Living in Kiribati – Kiribati is part of the division of islands in the Pacific Ocean known as Micronesia. It has a population of over 100 000 people and consists of 33 coral islands divided among three island groups – the Gilbert, Phoenix and Line Islands. Only 21 of the 33 islands are inhabited making Kiribati a dream destination for tourists and expats seeking a simpler life. The people of Kiribati are fairly poor and live mainly off subsistence farming. Island life is such that the iKiribatis often run out of vegetables, staples and even toilet paper, but being an island nation they just put a smile on their dials and carry on with life. Their main industry is fishing, and this is where most expats come to work. We have the info to get you started off on journey as an expatriate in Kiribati. [expat woman]

Living in Kiribati- Expat – Located in the Pacific Ocean, Kiribati has a rich colonial past. Comprising three archipelagos, namely Gilbert, Phoenix and Line Islands, it is known to be one of the world’s smallest countries. Kiribati is rather welcoming towards skilled expatriates as its local labor market is quite limited. [expat]

Moving to Kiribati? – Moving to Kiribati is still an unconventional choice: some of the atolls are uninhabited, and switching from a frenetic lifestyle to this unspoiled paradise can be shocking at first, but definitely worth it. Learn how to best get there, what you can expect in terms of climate, and more with this guide. [internations]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Resources

Resources

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