We like to welcome you all to the Kiribati Islands (pronounced Kiri-bass) with a simple and warm Kiribati greeting “MAURI” which simply means “Good Health to you”
Ko na mauri
The 33 island nation of the Republic of Kiribati is one of the remotest destinations in the world situated truly at the heart of the Pacific Ocean where the Equator and International Date Line meet. Scattered across the central Pacific, Kiribati is the only country in the world that is situated on all four hemispheres of the Earth – northern, southern, eastern and western.
The climate in Kiribati is hot, sunny and tropical with temperatures ranging from 26-32°C year round. The hot tropical climate encourages wearing cool, cotton, loose outfits. There are two seasons – dry and wet seasons which vary by location in Kiribati. The dry season is usually from May to October while the wet season is usually from around the end of November or December to April. Kiribati is outside the Pacific Belt not affected by tropical cyclones. The rising sea levels of climate change is so far the most imposing threat to the existence to the people of the low lying coral islands of Kiribati.
Friendly and peaceful, Kiribati is a destination for travellers who would like to experience the simple things in life, those who have a passion for exploring and discovering new destinations, new cultures and adventures to places from the usual tourist trail, and for those who want to understand a country and culture – not just see it.
On the map we are merely just a tiny spec but actually we are very big nation with an area of more than 3 million sq. km, most of it is water. Kiribati offers 3 island archipelagos that you can explore. In the east Kiribati we have the Line Islands archipelago, offering you world class fishing on Kiritimati Island (aka Christmas Island) and world class surfing on Fanning Island. The uninhabited Islands of the Southern Line group features one of the most unspoiled reef systems in the world. Here also lies Millennium Island (formerly known as Caroline Island), the island hat was designated for the Millennium celebration giving Kiribati worldwide attention in the year 2000.
In the center of Kiribati, we have a World Heritage Site, the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA), the largest and deepest Marine Protected Area in the Pacific Ocean offers potentially great diving explorations and experience of an untouched underwater haven.
In the west we have the Gilbert Islands group, offering you unique cultural experiences in North Tarawa and in its sixteen outer islands. The country’s capital, South Tarawa is a place for business and was historically known for one of the bloodiest battles of World War II, the “Battle of Tarawa.”