Kiribati Trip Planner
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How to plan a trip to kiribati
Are you on the lookout for a holiday location with enchanting beaches, wonderful coral reefs and hours for peace and relaxation? Well, look no further than the island nation of Kiribati. This quaint yet strategically important republic in the Central Pacific Ocean consists of 33 coral islands, many of which are without human habitation. The most crowded place in this country is the capital city, South Tarawa, which still retains traces of the 2nd World War battles fought on its shores. Your Kiribati travel guide will include long hours of relaxation on the white sandy beaches, fishing and diving among the coral atolls.
Acquiring Visa for Visiting Kiribati
For acquiring Kiribati visa, citizens of the member countries of the European Union, the USA, Canada, Britain and Australia only require to produce a valid passport and return tickets for staying up to 1 month. For the rest, the application is processed through the Kiribati consulates' office or the consulate of Fiji. The single entry visas are valid up to 3 months, the application processing time is 3 weeks. There is an application fee of $40 for single entry and $70 for multiple entry visas.
The Best Season for Traveling to Kiribati
Though Kiribati contains only 33 islands with a land area of 800 sq. kilometers, they are spread over 3.5 million square kilometers in the central Pacific Ocean. The period from May to October is the best time to visit Kiribati as the weather is warm and humid. Kiribati receives heavy rainfall during the months from October to April, with occasional lashing showers from May to October, adding to freshness in the air.
Best Tourist Destinations in Kiribati
Diving and bird-watching are two of the top things to do in Kiribati for any tourists visiting there. The Phoenix Island Marine Reserve is the world’s largest, with vast coral gardens to explore underwater. The Christmas Island is home to millions of birds which include the indigenous Christmas Island Warbler. Apart from these two best places to visit in Kiribati, you may take a light airplane ride to enjoy stunning bird’s eye views of the region. Visit a ‘maneaba’, the community center of a village in Kiribati, made out of coconut wood and pandanus (similar to palm trees).
Transportation in Kiribati
You will findthat your search of how to reach Kiribati will yield few and expensive options. There are only three air routes into the country, two of which are operated by Air Nauru and one by Air Pacific. Air Kiribati operates short distance flight between the nearby islands with a 17-seater plane. Boats are also available for traveling between the islands. Buses ply within the capital city of Tarawa.
Food and Lodging in Kiribati
The rice and fish are the staple diets of the locals in Kiribati. You may try ‘Palu Sami’ (a curry made from coconut cream/taro leaves/seaweed), the exotic local dish. The ‘pandanus’ fruit is a local favorite with coconuts available in abundance. Try the Tarawa Boutique hotel or the Otintaai hotel on the atoll for a cozy and relaxing vacation.
The remoteness of Kiribati only adds to the allure and charm of these natural paradises on Earth.
How much does it cost to travel to Kiribati
Plan your trip to Kiribati with an estimated budget for your travel. The average daily cost of food in Kiribati is USD 48 per person. For a family of four, the cost of eating out is USD 192. For getting around Kiribati, you will need a rough figure of USD 51 per day. For detailed Kiribati trip cost calculator, use Kiribati Trip Planner.
*Based on Food, Accommodation & Transportation