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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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On our trip around the world we wanted to go a little off the tourist trail and found our way to Tarawa, Kiribati. You can find Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands quite North from New Zealand above the Equator.



We had two weeks in Kiribati, and it was an experience. The islands are not ready for tourists but still make an effort welcoming travellers in. The last two nights we spent at Tepon Te Keekee Ecolodge. It was gorgeous. After crossing the channel with the ferry man we walk to a totally deserted resort with no one home. We continued snooping until we found an overwater bungalo with 2 chairs, a bed and a mosquito net and I assumed that it was our new home. Later in the day we found someone in the kitchen and decided to have lunch. They made battered fish, and fish curry served with fresh vegetables which are hard to come by in these islands! Continueing into the evening someone eventually asks us if we are staying there... we say yes... and then i assumed that was our 'Checking in'.

When in Tarawa we stayed at a place called Dreamers with Richard and Beta. They definitely became our home and really make you feel like you are part of their family while staying there.
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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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KIRIBATI (CENTRAL PACIFIC): Beautiful views of the LAGOON, THE TARAWA ATOLL at low tide

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Solomon Islands Tourist Attractions: 10 Top Places to Visit

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10 Amazing Atolls In The World

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TOP 10 Most Mysterious Abandoned Islands In The World Part 2. Interesting Abandoned Places

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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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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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6. Kiribati
When under British rule the Republic of Kiribati was known as the Gilbert Islands. The nation contains Gilbert, Phoenix and Line Islands and 33 atolls which are scattered across 1.3 million square miles of the Pacific. The country is the only nation to fall within all four hemispheres. Over half of the country’s one hundred thousand permanent residents live in the capital city of Tarawa. Though western influence is steadily establishing itself in Kiribati, most locals live in traditional huts and eat coconuts, breadfruit, and fish as they have done for hundreds of years. The LGBT community faces social disadvantages in the nation. Male homosexuality is illegal with a punishment of 5 years in prison. Female sexuality is legal but heavily frowned upon.

5. Djibouti
Almost all of the nearly 850,000 people who live in the Republic of Djibouti adhere to Islam and have done so for the last thousand years. Before voting for independence in 1977, the area was a French territory. The region is a desert that is located in eastern Africa and is a place where you may find large groups of people caravaning on a single vehicle, a site that may be odd in the United States but one that is much more common in many parts of Africa. One major landmark of the region is Lake Assal, the third lowest point on earth and one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water. Outside of Djibouti City, the country is free of large-scale development and is a great place to go on an outdoor adventure.

4. Niue
Being a 100 square mile island located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and having a population of around 1,200 makes Niue one of the most isolated nations on the planet. While not a member of the U.N. the organization does recognize Niue as a freely associated state with New Zealand, with whom they maintain strong ties. New Zealand produces Niue’s coin’s and, in 2014 created Disney coins to be used as currency on the island. With help from the E.U. Niue has been in the process of converting to renewable energy since 2009, when a solar power system was installed, providing 6% of the country's electricity.

3. Bhutan
The country only started letting outsiders in starting in the 1970’s and has an interesting approach to tourism. Foreign visitors have to pay a $250 tariff per day. While this may seem pricey, it is an all-inclusive fee that covers accommodation, food, transport and even a guide. Bhutan is located in South Asia between India and China and is a place that takes great pride in their ancient, Buddhist traditions. Radio broadcasting didn’t begin in the country until 1973, a year which also saw the nation institute a policy to measure the country's Gross National Happiness. The internet and television didn’t arrive until 1999. Bhutan is also very environmentally conscious. Law states that at least 60% of the country must remain forested and it absorbs more carbon than it emits.

2. Palau
An island country that is southeast of the Philippines, Palau has only been around for 22 years having become independent on October 1, 1994. The country contains roughly 250 Island, the most populous of which is Koror and has a total population of nearly 18,000 people. Palau maintains an association with the United States, who provides defense and funding to the Republic. One of the country’s most famous places is Blue Corner which is a body of water that is world renowned for its scuba diving and is known for its sharks. Palau created the world’s first shark sanctuary beginning in 2009 and is a global leader in protecting marine ecosystems.

1. Suriname
A former colony of the Netherlands, today Suriname is the smallest country in South America and has a population of 540,000. The country’s president, Desi Bouterse, claimed the position after staging a military coup in 1980. The dictator has been ruling the nation with an iron fist ever since. He was responsible for and according to an eyewitness, took place in the December Murders in 1982. On December 7, 1982, Bouterse rounded up 15 dissidents, mostly respected journalists, and professors, and brought them to Fort Zeelandia, which is located in the capital city of Paramaribo and is the city's oldest building. There Bouterse ordered the group to be tortured and murdered, with Bouterse himself reportedly killing two of the victims. The Netherlands convicted the ruler of smuggling over 1,000 pounds of cocaine into the country, and Europol issued a warrant for his arrest in 1999. None of this matters as Bouterse position as president gives him legal immunity and Suriname has no extradition treaty with the Dutch.

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MICRONESIA TOURISM - Experience the warmth

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SOLOMON ISLANDS, landing in the beautiful island of Ghizo (Pacific Ocean)

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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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Top 10 Largest Cities or Towns of Tonga

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1) Nuku'alofa
2) Neiafu
3) Haveluloto
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5) Pangai
6) Ohonua
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9) Tongatapu
10) Houma

Tonga, officially the Kingdom of Tonga, is a Polynesian sovereign state and archipelago comprising 176 islands with a surface area of about 750 square kilometres (290 sq mi) scattered over 700,000 square kilometres (270,000 sq mi) of the southern Pacific Ocean, of which 52 are inhabited by its 103,000 people.

Tonga stretches over about 800 kilometres (500 mi) in a north-south line about a third of the distance from New Zealand to Hawaii. It is surrounded by Fiji and Wallis and Futuna (France) to the northwest, Samoa to the northeast, Niue to the east, Kermadec (part of New Zealand) to the southwest, and New Caledonia (France) and Vanuatu to the west.

Tonga became known as the Friendly Islands because of the congenial reception accorded to Captain James Cook on his first visit in 1773. He arrived at the time of the ʻinasi festival, the yearly donation of the first fruits to the Tuʻi Tonga (the islands' paramount chief) and so received an invitation to the festivities. According to the writer William Mariner, the chiefs wanted to kill Cook during the gathering but could not agree on a plan.

Tonga has never lost its sovereignty to a foreign power. In 2010 Tonga took a decisive step towards becoming a fully functioning constitutional monarchy, after legislative reforms paved the way for its first partial representative elections.

An Austronesian-speaking group linked to the archaeological construct known as the Lapita cultural complex reached and colonised Tonga around 1500--1000 BCE.[8] Scholars have much debated the exact dates of the initial settlement of Tonga, but recently it has been thought that the first settlers came to the oldest town, Nukuleka, about 826 BCE, ± 8 years.[9] Not much is known before European contact because of the lack of a writing system, but oral history has survived and been recorded after the arrival of the Europeans. The Tongan people first encountered Europeans in 1616 when the Dutch vessel Eendracht made a short visit to trade.

By the 12th century Tongans and the Tongan paramount chief, the Tuʻi Tonga, had a reputation across the central Pacific—from Niue, Samoa, Rotuma, Wallis & Futuna, New Caledonia to Tikopia—leading some historians to speak of a Tuʻi Tonga Empire. In the 15th century and again in the 17th, civil war erupted. Into this situation the first European explorers arrived, beginning in 1616 with the Dutch explorers Willem Schouten and Jacob Le Maire (who called on the northern island of Niuatoputapu), and in 1643 with Abel Tasman (who visited Tongatapu and Haʻapai). Later noteworthy European visitors included James Cook (Royal Navy) in 1773, 1774, and 1777, Alessandro Malaspina (Spanish Navy) in 1793, the first London missionaries in 1797, and the Wesleyan Methodist Rev. Walter Lawry in 1822.

In 1845 the ambitious young warrior, strategist, and orator Tāufaʻāhau united Tonga into a kingdom. He held the chiefly title of Tuʻi Kanokupolu, but had been baptised[by whom?] with the name Siaosi (George) in 1831. In 1875, with the help of missionary Shirley Waldemar Baker, he declared Tonga a constitutional monarchy; formally adopted the western royal style; emancipated the serfs; enshrined a code of law, land tenure, and freedom of the press; and limited the power of the chiefs.

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[The most beautiful lagoon I've ever seen.] (Abemama Kiribati)

I surely think this is very the heaven which exists on earth. Seawater is completely naturally clear and live. On the next day, I swum there and could find a lot of and several kinds of tropical fish around roots of man grove trees.

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