Monday, January 10, 2011

Kiribati in the Pacific Ocean


Kiribati Island
Kiribati is located between Hawaii and Australia, and is made up of thirty three small islands. A small nation in land size comparisons, the Kiribati islands actually span a whopping three and a half million million square kilometres in the Pacific Ocean.
What a start to your holiday
Where To Visit:  Christmas Island

Christmas Island is the one of the most popular tourist destinations as it is the largest coral island to be found worldwide. To get the best view of the coral, consider scuba diving. Local dive operators can be easily employed to take you on a memorable dive.
Christmas Island is also one of the best bird sanctuaries in the world as it is home to hundreds of species and literally millions of birds. Special birdwatching holiday accommodation is available.

Where To Visit:  Gilbert Island -
Gilbert Island is actually made up of sixteen islands and is home to the capital Tarawa. The vast majority of the population of Kiribati lives here. If you are up to the challenge, charter a fishing trip and take on some of the largest game fish in the Pacific. For golf, visit Tarawa’s Ambo Island which has sand only courses.
If it is seclusion you desire, visit one of the many smaller, less inhabited islands.

Shopping -
With a plethora of handmade items, shopping in Kiribati is both fun and interesting. The handmade baskets are exquisite. Also available are souvenirs made of shark’s teeth, pearls, coconuts and sea shells.

What to Eat -
The residents of Kiribati have a strong appreciation of food. The most popular foods are rice and seafood. The sashimi travels straight from the ocean to your table, and is a must try item. Kiribati cooks are not afraid to use spices and sauces liberally. Coconut is used often in both vegetable and meat entrees.
Coconut is also used in many desserts, such as macapuno, which is a thick jam. The majority of the restaurants are located in the largest towns, but local vendors in other areas offer a unique and authentic dining experience.

Weather in Kirbiati -
The year round average daily temperature averages eighty-six degrees. A nice breeze is present the majority of the time. Humidity can be high at times, but is not extremely bad. The rainy season extends between December and March, but rainfall amounts can be irregular at times.

Where to Stay -
Hotels in Kiribati are strategically located near the hottest tourist destinations. Travellers report receiving wonderful service from the hotels here. With beautifully decorated rooms, and spectacular views, it would be hard to go wrong no matter where you choose to stay.

Kiribati dancers participate in New Year's ceremony on Millennium Island, Kiribati, Saturday, January 1, 2000. [© AP Images]

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