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"Tarawa" Tarawa by Rusket

Tarawa Travel Guide: 5 reviews and 13 photos

Main atoll of Kiribati

Tarawa is the main atoll of Kiribati, with the capital Bairiki, Bonriki International Airport and the villages Bikenibeu and Betio.

Kiribati is as close to heaven as you can come (on earth), but the Tarawa atoll is densely populated. I read somewhere that population density is expected to reach the level of Hong Kong in a few years! They rapidly copy the life style of our westernly "civilization". This has led to problems like extensive littering, pollution of the lagune, alcoholism and slum areas.

But there are nice areas on Tarawa as well, where people live more traditionally! Especially on the eastern and northern parts of the atoll. The picture is from Bikenibeu, where my friend Keetia lives.

A few countries have an Embassy / representation on Tarawa. The largest / best looking building except from the Parliament, is the Chinese Embassy :-)

I have made separate pages about the towns Betio and Bairiki, and you can find more info about Kiribati on my general Kiribati and Gilbert Islands pages.

  • Last visit to Tarawa: Nov 2001
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • starship's Profile Photo
    Nov 3, 2009 at 8:12 AM

    Just received a postcard from Tarawa & wanted to learn more about it. Saw your page on it. The island seems a little more basic than I thought it would be, but it has natural beauty.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Oct 8, 2005 at 11:59 AM

    Hihi, in Guatemala, these busses are called chickenbus - and there we often travelled with pigs and chicken and sheep, amongst all of us. Nice island - despite the smell I would say :-) Ohhh and these beaches and the sunsets - exciting !!

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Apr 20, 2005 at 10:06 AM

    Looking forward to more of your tips for one of the definite 'end of the lines' in the World ;-] Veldig godt.



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