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10 Best Places to Visit in Kiribati

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Kiribati islands - tourist attractions of a tropical paradise

Republic of Kiribati is a sovereign state in the central Pacific Ocean. Kiribati consists of 33 atolls and one solitary island. The groups of islands are: Banaba, Gilbert Islands, Phoenix Islands and Line Islands.

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Top 10 Largest Cities or Towns of Kiribati

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1) Tarawa
2) Betio
3) Teaoraereke
4) Butaritari
5) Bairiki
6) Temaiku
7) Bonriki
8) Eita
9) Bikenibeu
10) Tabwakea

Kiribati, officially the Independent and Sovereign Republic of Kiribati, is an island nation in the central tropical Pacific Ocean. The permanent population is just over 100,000 (2011) on 800 square kilometres (310 sq mi). The nation is composed of 32 atolls and one raised coral island, Banaba, dispersed over 3.5 million square kilometres, (1,351,000 square miles) straddling the equator, and bordering the International Date Line at its easternmost point.

The name Kiribati is the local pronunciation of Gilberts, which derives from the main island chain, named the Gilbert Islands after the British explorer Thomas Gilbert, who sailed through the islands in 1788. The capital, South Tarawa, consists of a number of islets connected through a series of causeways, located in the Tarawa archipelago. Kiribati became independent from the United Kingdom in 1979. It is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the IMF and the World Bank, and became a full member of the United Nations in 1999.

Kiribati was named in French by captains Krusenstern and Louis Isidore Duperrey îles Gilbert, Gilbert Islands, after the British Captain Thomas Gilbert, who sighted the islands in 1788. The current name, Kiribati, is an adaptation of Gilberts, from the former European name the Gilbert Islands. Although the indigenous name for the Gilbert Islands proper is Tungaru in Gilbertese language, the new state chose the name Kiribati, the Gilbertese rendition of Gilberts, as an equivalent of the former colony to acknowledge the inclusion of islands never considered part of the Gilberts chain.

The area now called Kiribati has been inhabited by Micronesians speaking the same Oceanic language since sometime between 3000 BC and AD 1300. The area was not isolated; invaders from Tonga and Samoa, and from Fiji, later introduced Polynesian and Melanesian cultural aspects, respectively. Intermarriage tended to blur cultural differences and resulted in a significant degree of cultural homogenisation.

Contact with Europeans began in the 16th century when Magellan, Saavedra and Quirós discovered and conquered the islands of Pope Clement VIII in 1520, the islands of the Queen Catalina in 1528 and the Island (La) Carolina in 1606 (Spanish rule lasted from 1528-1885), at that time the islands of Santa Catalina, were named in honor of queen Catherine of Aragon.[citation needed] Whalers, slave traders and merchant ships arrived in large numbers during the 19th century, and the resulting agitation fomented internal conflicts between tribes and introduced European epidemics.

The main island chain was named the Gilbert Islands in 1820 by a Russian admiral, Adam von Krusenstern, and French captain Louis Duperrey, after a British captain named Thomas Gilbert, who crossed the archipelago in 1788 when sailing from Australia to China.

From the early 19th century, Western whalers, merchant vessels and slave traders visited the islands, introducing diseases and firearms. The first British settlers arrived in 1837. In 1892 the Gilbert Islands consented to become a British protectorate together with the nearby Ellice Islands. They were administered by the Western Pacific High Commission based in Fiji. Together they became the crown colony of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands in 1916. Christmas Island (or Kiritimati) became part of the colony in 1919 and the Phoenix Islands were added in 1937. Sir Arthur Grimble was a cadet administrative officer based at Tarawa (1913--1919) and became Resident Commissioner of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands colony in 1926.

Tarawa Atoll and others of the Gilbert group were occupied by Japan during World War II. Tarawa was the site of one of the bloodiest battles in US Marine Corps history. Marines landed in November 1943; the Battle of Tarawa was fought at Kiribati's former capital Betio on Tarawa Atoll.

Some of the islands of Kiribati, especially in the remote Line Islands, were formerly used by the United States and United Kingdom for nuclear weapons testing including hydrogen bombs in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

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NAURU TOURISM - Small heaven in pacific ocean (forgive me if anything is less appropriate )

Welcome to Nauru,

Nauru is a coral-shaped island located in the Pacific Ocean. Dominated by a phosphate plateau, surrounded by coral reefs, palm trees and sandy beaches. Being part of Oceania, the country is only 25 miles from the equator. The official language is Nauru, English becomes a social language.

Nauru is the smallest country in the world, both in terms of the area and the population.

In Nauru there will be no cities like the big country. Residents live in small settlements, which are administratively called districts. Yaren district can be regarded as the capital. In addition to Yaren, there are 13 other districts. In these districts residents live.

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Karea's Homestay - Tabon Te Keekee, Abatao, Tarawa, Kiribati

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KIRIBATI, a TOUR & the 3 HUGE CHALLENGES this nation is facing (CENTRAL PACIFIC)

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Kiribati, an island republic in the Central Pacific, comprises 33 coral atolls and isles stretching along the equator. With lagoons and white-sand beaches, many of its islands are uninhabited, offering a remote setting for fishing, diving and bird-watching. The crowded capital, South Tarawa, made up of small islets, retains remnants of WWII battles fought on its shores, and is known for folk dancing and handicrafts.

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PALAU TOURISM - Pristine Paradise in Pacific Ocean

Welcome to Palau,

One island nation in the Pacific Ocean that has 8 large islands and 250 small islands with tremendous appeal. Neighboring Indonesia and the Philippines, Palau is located about 200 km north of West Papua, 255 km east of North Maluku, 500 km east of North Sulawesi, and 500 km east of the Philippines. Although the Republic of Palau has many islands, but the population of only a few islands. While other small islands are uninhabited.

Islands in the country with the capital Ngerulmud is famous for its beautiful beach with a blue bay and has a shape like an umbrella. No wonder, if Palau is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the Underwater World.

One of them is Rock island and the surrounding rocks that became a tourist destination when they set foot in Palau. Many tourists who come to Palau who want to spend their time enjoying the beauty of the underwater world. And some areas that become the target of the tourists include blue corner, blue hole, German Channel, Ngermeaus Island, and lake Ubur-jellyfish.

Located in the equatorial surroundings makes the small islands in Palau have several blocks of tropical rain forests with diverse fauna. The Republic of Palau is indeed rich in Micronesian flora and fauna. Not nanggung, 10 islands in the Republic of Palau even serve as a nature reserve and 3 other islands into a tourist park and hunting park that unfortunately to miss. Exotic birds fly around the small islands of the archipelago of Palau. Habitat crocodiles that sneak through the mangroves. Not to forget the beauty of the 70 species of orchids growing around the waterfall and the highest peak of Mount Ngerchelechuus.

In addition to presenting the natural beauty, Palau also offers the beauty of history and culture that is also a tourist attraction for foreigners. Tourists can visit the village of Babeldaob, which is famous for its historic sites and local cultures.

Well, for those who want to prove the beauty of the Republic of Palau, you can go to the island nation either through land or sea transportation. Palau International Airport is located in Koror with direct flights serving passengers from and to Guam and Manila, Philippines. In addition, Palau also has many ports with 12 large ports that reach all over the country.

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VANUATU, tour of a fascinating REMOTE ISLAND in the Pacific Ocean

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KIRIBATI, crossing the LAST BRIDGE between REMOTE ISLANDS (Tarawa Atoll, Central Pacific)

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Kiritimati (Kiribati) - Christmas Island Documentary - Between Sky and Ocean

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Kiritimati or Christmas Island is a Pacific Ocean raised coral atoll in the northern Line Islands, and part of the Republic of Kiribati.

The island has the greatest land area of any coral atoll in the world: about 322 square kilometres (124 sq mi); its lagoon is about the same size. The atoll is about 150 km (93 mi) in perimeter, while the lagoon shoreline extends for over 48 km (30 mi). Christmas Island comprises over 70% of the total land area of Kiribati, a country encompassing 33 Pacific atolls and islands.

Kiritimati Island (Christmas) is well known for its world class bone fishing.[4] It also has excellent birdwatching and surfing opportunities.[5]

It lies 232 km (144 mi) north of the Equator, 6,700 km (4,200 mi) from Sydney, and 5,360 km (3,330 mi) from San Francisco. Christmas Island is in the world's farthest forward time zone, UTC+14, and Christmas Island is one of the first inhabited places on Earth to experience the New Year each year (see also Caroline Atoll, Kiribati). Despite being 2,460 km (1,530 mi) east of the 180 meridian, a 1995 realignment of the International Dateline by the Republic of Kiribati moved Christmas Island to west of the dateline.

Nuclear tests were conducted in the region around Christmas Island by the United Kingdom in the late 1950s, and by the United States in 1962. During these tests islanders were not evacuated. Subsequently British, New Zealand, and Fijian servicemen as well as local islanders have claimed to have suffered from exposure to the radiation from these blasts.

The entire island is a Wildlife Sanctuary; access to five particularly sensitive areas (see below) is restricted.

The name Kiritimati is a rather straightforward respelling of the English word Christmas in Gilbertese, in which the combination ti is pronounced s, and the name is thus pronounced [kəˈrɪsməs].

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