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A Pacific Ocean gem, known for great fishing and private island oasis

Kiribati is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean and consists of 33 atolls and reef islands. The land of Kiribati makes up only 810 km², yet is spread out over more than 3.5 million km²! This island nation is filled with the rich heritage of the Kiribati people and top attractions include Ambo Island and Fenua-ura.

Get ready to be amazed by this hidden island treasure with cheap flights to Kiribati! Kiribati is home to Bonriki International Airport (TRW). Bonriki International Airport serves Air Kiribati, Fiji Airways, Nauru Airlines and Coral Sun Airways. To get to Kiribati from Australia, book your flight to Brisbane with Qantas or Virgin Australia. From there, local carrier, Solomon Airlines (in partnership with Kiribati Airlines) will take you to Tarawa, the capital of Kiribati.

Why visit Kiribati

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Fishing

Visitors from all around the world know that if there’s one place you’re going to find your dream giant catch – it’s in Kiribati! Tuna, sail fish, giant trevally and more, you will not be disappointed.

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Beaches

Built along island reefs and situated in the tropics of Micronesia – Kiribati is blessed with some of the most tranquil and beautiful beaches in the entire Pacific Ocean. Let your hair down, enjoy a drink and marvel at the peaceful views.

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People

The Kiribati people come from a rich heritage of ancient sea stories, dance and intriguing cultural ways. Make sure to get to know them on your travels and you’ll forever carry a piece of them in your heart.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Currency Australian Dollar (AUD)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.10 AUD
Language Kiribati & English
Hub Airport Bonriki International Airport (TRW)
Airline Air Kiribati
Time Zone GMT+ 12
Travel Adaptor Type I

Best time to visit Kiribati

Kiribati experiences a tropical climate with hot temperatures all year long. Between the months of November and February, the island nation gets extremely humid and hot, accompanied by lots of rain. The rest of the year will find Kiribati very pleasant with a daily average of 28°C – so don’t forget the sunblock! The months between March and October are the most popular for visitors.

Weather & Climate in Kiribati

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall level mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 25°C 25°C 25°C 26°C 25°C 26°C 26°C 26°C 25°C 25°C 25°C 25°C
High °C 31°C 31°C 31°C 31°C 31°C 31°C 31°C 32°C 31°C 32°C 31°C 31°C
Rainfall (mm) 220 180 190 170 160 160 160 160 120 140 120 220

Kiribati is everything that you might expect from an island retreat when all the frills and over-the-top extras are taken away and you’re left with the pure beauty of the island itself. The capital of Kiribati is Tarawa, an island located towards the centre of the Kiribati atoll. Here, you will find the majority of the country’s population at 114,000 residents. Whereas you may not find any skyscrapers or Starbucks Coffee shops in Tarawa, what you will find are street stalls cooking up the freshest seafood, locals dancing to homemade instruments at any time of the day and in general, unspoilt nature and beauty in all directions.

Tarawa is as far removed from a typical city as you can imagine, but holds tremendous charm and intrigue for visitors to the island. Be prepared to be stared at, spoken to and just overall well-received as the locals enjoy your company.

The 33 atolls and reefs that make up Kiribati are spaced far, far apart (some are more than 700km apart) and are sparsely populated – making for perfect ‘private’ island daytrip getaways. Remote islands have intriguing names such as London, Paris and Christmas Island, making them all the more appealing to visit!

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South African citizens who wish to visit Kiribati will need a visa to do so. Your passport will need to be valid for six months from the day of your arrival and you will need to provide bank statements, flight tickets and other documentation for your visa application.

There is no representation for Kiribati in South Africa but for more information, you can contact the Consulate General of Kiribati in Australia: 35 Dover Road, Sydney.

Tel +61293717808 / Fax +61293710248.

Kiribati is a safe country to visit, though it is recommended to practice caution, especially when travelling alone in the evenings. Bars are known to get rowdy and sometimes lead to fist fights. Also, the roads get quite packed so please be careful when passing through them. The people of Kiribati are, however, known to be very warm-hearted and friendly.

It is important to have your vaccinations up-to-date when travelling abroad. There are no compulsory vaccines needed for your trip to Kiribati, but it is recommended to get a shot for typhoid and hepatitis A. Other vaccines to consider include hepatitis B and yellow fever.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Kiribati
Meal, inexpensive restaurant R 90 R 100 R 174
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught) R 22 R 25 R 71
Cappuccino R 19 R 20 R 43
Taxi 1km (normal tariff) R 10 R 12 R 19
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 38 R 38 R 255
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