The Republic of Kiribati features sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters. It comprises of 30 coral islands across Pacific. The islands are remote and have developed slowly economically, which is why the tourism industry is yet to prosper as well. On the contrary, it gives you enough reasons to choose an adventurous vacation, where you not only have unspoiled beaches to stroll by, diverse wildlife to explore, but also get a closer view into the lives of Kiribati people and experience simpler living.
Kiribati might be relatively unknown, but as tourists get to know more about the place, their interests rise. The islets pepper out with coconut palms, which sway in the balmy breeze, while the waters glisten at every direction. It is a great holiday escape where as much as you want to indulge in activities, you’d also want quiet times to laze around.
The capital of Tarawa is one of the most populated places in the Pacific, while the Christmas Island stretches for more than half of the land mass of the Republic. There are lakes and ponds carpeted through the island, which make it attractive for game fishing. They are also known to have the largest colonies of birds. Other significant islands for visits would include, Phoenix, Line, and Gilbert. When the republic was under the British Rule, through in 19th and 20th centuries, the entire island nation was called Gilbert. During World War II, they were captured by Japan, and during the post-war era, US and UK used the Christmas Island for testing nuclear weapons. The late independence at 1979, reflect a clear reason on why the islands are still on their way towards development.
Despite their colonial history, most islands have retained their originality. Coming to the capital city will take you through thatched huts, as people continue ancestral ways of living. They consume breadfruits, fishes, and coconuts, which are their staple. However, there are areas which have been developing quickly, as they now have cinema halls, proper transportation, internet facilities and bars to spot out. The conservative locals aren’t welcoming, but children might greet you with lesser cautiousness. If you can manage to break the ice, you might get to be a part of their fascinating culture.
The climate here is mostly tropical but gets hot and rainy from November to February. Thus, the best time to get here is from March to October. The climate falls under the category of Maritime Equatorial, especially for the central islands in the group. The north and south get more of the tropical feel. If you plan to visit during October to December, you will find the climate pleasant due to the trade winds. The northern islands tend to have most rains until May, which is why it is good to avoid this part, right from October.