You've never seen water this clear! Set just three metres above sea level, Tarawa in the Republic of Kiribati offers an unrivalled tropical getaway of majestic proportions.
Tarawa is the capital of the Republic of Kiribati. Kiribati is made up of 32 atolls, island reefs and one raised coral island.
The majority of the population of Kiribati live in South Tarawa, which is also the location of the government and commercial centres.
North Tarawa is different and is more laid-back, with many locals living in traditional structures.
English is the official language of Kiribati, although the most widely spoken language is Kiribati, also known as Gilbertese.
The Republic of Kiribati is generally hot and humid year round, with little seasonal change due to its proximity to the equator. Daily temperatures range from approximately 25 degrees Celsius to 32 degrees Celsius.
The climate is tropical and water temperature is warm, providing perfect temperatures for sea life to thrive.
The currency of Kiribati is the Australian Dollar and the local economy predominantly uses cash. There are a few ATMs in South Tarawa but credit cards are not common or widely accepted.
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Things to do in Tarawa
If you're looking for a relaxing holiday where island time is the norm, then look no further than Tarawa.
Many battles from WWII took place in Kiribati, and you can still see many noteworthy relics from the war left over today. From planes on the shores of some atolls at low tide, to leftover bunkers and defence stations, there is plenty of war history in Tarawa. Take a local tour and learn all of the historical secrets of this low-lying island nation.
Located in stunning and relaxed North Tarawa, the Atoll Beauties Clam Farm sits beside the turquoise ocean and grows colourful giant clams. These clams are then sold for export to aquariums all over the world. Take a tour of the Clam Farm and see clams in every stage of their growth cycle! These colourful clams come in so many shades and patterns, and you will be in awe of their natural beauty
Where to stay in Tarawa
Tarawa offers plenty of accommodation options for the savvy traveller. Whether you're looking to get back to nature
The Fema Lodge is a family-owned motel with incredible views of the nearby lagoon. The rooms do have fans and air-conditioning, although you likely won’t be needing them because the cool breezes blowing through the property. They offer both long-term and short stays and pride themselves on offering affordable and spacious accommodation to suit all types of travellers
Tabon Te KeeKee
For those focused on ecotourism, look no further than Tabon Te Keekee. This family-run hotel aims to have a low impact on the environment and you will stay in traditional, raised huts. Enjoy nature's breeze blowing through your buia.
The Otintaai Hotel is government owned and is basic and clean. It has 40 rooms and a restaurant and bar on site. This hotel is located on the edge of the beautiful lagoon in South Tarawa and has dancing every Friday night. Breakfast is included.
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