"Jim35's Kiribati Page" Kiribati by Jim35

Kiribati Travel Guide: 90 reviews and 218 photos

Media Mention: Kiribati is mentioned in the movie Shallow Hal as the Peace Corps assignment of Gwyneth Paltrow's character.

I lived in Kiribati as a boy for about 9 months. I think the year was 1977 and the islands were still called the Gilbert Islands. I lived on a very small atol named Beru where my dad was teaching shop at the new high school there.

At the time the Gilbertese (now i-kiribati) were trying to modernize so the the High School focused mostly on practical skills and English. I remember taking an electronics class from my father (I was a bit young to grasp it completely but I remember Ohm's law and using the acronym Roy G. Biv to identify resistance levels of resistors.)

I've got to admit that I didn't really like it much while I was there (being only around 10 years old) but looking back on it now, it was an experience I wouldn't give up for anything.

I wish I had pictures. Maybe my parents have a few... I'll try to round out the page as best I can with recollections, stories and pictures (if I can find them)

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A unique experience in primitive living.
  • Cons:Not the best place to be 10 years old.
  • In a nutshell:No fun at the time but, looking back, a great experience I'd never trade.
  • Last visit to Kiribati: Jan 1970
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Rusket's Profile Photo
    May 1, 2005 at 3:46 PM

    You are so right about the coconuts! I had several close calls on Abaiang.

  • Jul 15, 2004 at 1:54 AM

    Jim, thats brilliant! I just had 6+ months there, mostly Tarawa, but some outerislands. Your descriptions are perfect!

  • whitecliff62's Profile Photo
    Jun 3, 2003 at 11:19 AM

    Ithink some people actually get killed by falling coconuts.

  • unravelau's Profile Photo
    Apr 22, 2003 at 10:58 PM

    Really interested in the different fruits that become available around the world that I never knew existed.........great page on Kiribati thank you.

  • Sweetberry1's Profile Photo
    Jan 30, 2003 at 2:59 AM

    You sure had some wonderful experiences :)) Screw-pine??? ha,ha.....

  • Aussie666's Profile Photo
    Jan 21, 2003 at 1:25 PM

    Jim...the lobsters were just a cover, think back man think!

  • heplion's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2003 at 2:12 AM

    I had an incident with falling coconuts in the BVI, and love the food dexcriptions!

  • skye820's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2002 at 7:38 PM

    okay, now i know where this place is ;)

  • giampiero6's Profile Photo
    Sep 2, 2002 at 11:48 PM

    Hey jim....cool page. I dream of these kinds of places all the time!

  • chrissyalex's Profile Photo
    Aug 8, 2002 at 1:30 PM

    Very interesting page! Glad to know u didn`t get hit by any c


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