|Kiribati’s atolls are divided into three island groups – Gilbert Islands, Line Islands and Phoenix Islands. As already mentioned, tourism is not big in Kiribati so there are only really a few select places which visitors would really want to travel to.
Kiritimati is one of the most popular islands tourism-wise in Kiribati. Discovered by Captain Cook on Christmas Eve 1777, it was named Christmas Island, and still retains this alternative name to this day.
The island can lay claim to being the largest coral atoll in the world, which actually makes up most of the land mass area of the whole of Kiribati. There are several hotels on the island, most of which will offer visitors a fully inclusive package. This is worth paying the extra for because buying food and drink in Kiribati is expensive and there is very little choice.
The two main activities on Kiritimati are fishing and scuba diving. Not surprising, scuba diving is popular due to the coral atoll as well as the abundant marine life and extra excitement in the form of ship wrecks.
The atoll of Tarawa contains Kiribati’s capital, called South Tarawa. The international airport, Bonriki International Airport (airport code: TRW), is located here. There are hotels for visitors who wish to stay in this part of Kiribati, but to be honest, not a lot else!