Travel to Kiribati – Some basic information about Kiribati

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    February 21, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    Travel to Kiribati – Some basic info about Kiribati

    To travel to Kiribati is a great adventure because you are going to visit one of the smallest and most unknown countries on the whole planet. The archipelago of Kiribati is located in the continent of Oceania, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

    History of Kiribati

    Its territory became independent of the United Kingdom since the late 70s of the last century. Kiribati is composed of many islands. The most well-known volcanic island of Banaba, and about thirty coral atolls are part of this country that is actually a little more than 800 square km, and is inhabited by 100.000 people. The first settlement on this territory was formed by a group of native people from Micronesia, traveling in traditional canoes that were the first humans to inhabit this small territory around. This happened about 5,000 years ago!

    The Spanish and Portuguese explorers during the XVI and XVII centuries were interested to discover what these wildlands had hidden inside, but it were the British who in 1892 turned the archipelago into a protectorate just half a century after settling there.

    Languages in Kiribati

    English is, therefore, their language. But in Kiribati we also can find a native language called Gilbertese. This is a very strange language with a not very clear origin. Experts say that Gilbertese came from the Oceanic branch of the Austronesian Family of tongues, but this language is so different and particular that it is almost exclusive to those islands and not spoken in any other part of the planet.

    Administration and Religion

    Kiribati’s Archipelago is divided into six districts and three regions for administrative purposes: the Phoenix Islands, the Gilberts and the Line Islands. Tarawa is its capital city, famous for being a Japanese battle place during World War II.

    Catholicism is the predominant religion and some strengths of its economy are the export of coconut and the industry of fishing.

    Problems

    But the most important challenge for Kiribati is the Climate Change: some years now the rising sea levels have threatened the very existence of this paradise of beautiful beaches which could become extinct in the next 20 years. The country’s government may even be interested in having its inhabitants move to the islands of Fiji before this happens.

    Industries

    Tourism is becoming a new industry in the area since the first years of its independence from the United Kingdom.

    Kiribati is not large in size but large enough to enjoy a peaceful and quiet nature tourism. Its white beaches on more than 1,000 km of the coast are interspersed with abundant vegetation in a country that is not exactly known for its high mountains.

    Some of the most famous places to consider when traveling to Kiribati are Tarawa Atoll, the post office, the library, the President’s Residence, the port of Betio, the Parliament, the Fanning Islands with their coral atolls where you can practice diving and sea sports.

    The typical handicraft of the island has in the hats its most important exponent, also decorative products in wood, mats or baskets. And to eat, the coconut is the star of many of its star dishes, in addition to rice and seafood. Fruit juices and also drinks made of coconut are abundant and the most popular beverages in the whole country.