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"Kiribati" Top 5 Page for this destination Kiribati by ollyf

Kiribati Travel Guide: 90 reviews and 218 photos

Paradise - literally

Many places in the world are marketed as 'paradises'. It's an over-used phrase and a destination should have more than sunshine, sand and palm trees to earn the accolade. In Kiribati, the world's 10th poorest nation and one of the most remote, I found a culture that fits the bill perfectly. Outside of the capital, life is purely subsistence level. People have no money, but they have no worries. Food and drink is plentiful, crime is non-existant and natural hazards are very few. If you want to get far, far away from home and enjoy the simplest pleasures in a landscape of pure tropical beauty, Kiribati is the place for you.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Unspoiled Pacific island culture, wonderful people, no crime, relaxed lifestyle, sunshine every day
  • Cons:Difficult and expensive to get to, pollution in the capital, unreliable transport to outer islands, negligable entertainment options
  • In a nutshell:Unknown - and all the better for it
  • Last visit to Kiribati: May 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Sep 22, 2016 at 2:54 AM

    Thanks for your comprehensive page about this remote place! Well done!

  • Jun 22, 2007 at 9:31 PM

    What an interesting experience you've had...I am green with envy here! Great tips and beautiful pictures. Happy birthday from Finland!

  • Ekahau's Profile Photo
    May 29, 2007 at 10:52 AM

    Very nice now i know i will be seated in a circle drinking Sour toddy - good for morale, bad for guts!

  • bijo69's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2007 at 4:17 AM

    Must have been an experience of a lifetime. Would love to explore those remote islands myself one day... Excellent tips!

  • gunnajo's Profile Photo
    Feb 11, 2007 at 3:13 PM

    thanks ollyf for all your info i plan to travel july 2007 it's help me plan iland getaway

  • Jan 24, 2007 at 6:00 AM

    Read Troost's book on Kiribati - and you hit it right on the nail, mate! Gosh, you travelled a LONG way to be here.

  • Sep 18, 2006 at 2:25 PM

    I am about to go to Tarawa to a niece's wedding, interested in your reviews especially of the guesthouse where I think I'll be staying. prtobably my first and last trip there.

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Sep 16, 2006 at 5:31 AM

    The Islands that saw the millenium sunrise first. Wow... what a remote place. Sad about the pollution.

  • Rusket's Profile Photo
    Aug 1, 2006 at 7:08 AM

    Great tips, they bring back NICE memories! Some things have apparently changed over the past 4 1/2 years, WIFI in Otintaai for one :-)


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