MAURI ….THIS IS HELLO AND WELCOME IN KIRIBATI
Kiribati is for travellers – those who have a passion for exploring and discovering, people who like an adventure off the tourist trail to places where few have been before, and people who want to understand a country – not just see it. Kiribati will challenge your view of how life should be and show you a less complicated way of living where family and community come first. Situated in the equatorial pacific, in the east Kiribati offers world class fishing (both game and bone fishing) from Kiritimati Island. In the west is the Gilbert Group of islands, which offer amazing and unique cultural experiences. The country’s capital of Tarawa has historic sites and artefacts where one of the bloodiest battles of World War II , the Battle of Tarawa. If you are visiting as part of your work, we would encourage you to explore Kiribati to experience these delights – South Tarawa should not be the only Atoll you visit when you have 33 to choose from, even the nearby North Tarawa offers a very different perspective!
Some practical information to help with your trip planning:
The main language is I-Kiribati – however English has been taught over many years is widely understood ; you will have no problem accessing services, getting by or just having a chat. See our language & culture page if you would like to learn some I-Kiribati words before arriving.
CLIMATE & TEMPERATURE
Temperature varies between 25° and 33°C, and we have annual sunshine of 4135 hours. The wet season extends from December to May and rainfall variation is high in most of the islands. A gentle breeze from the easterly quarter is predominant, and a sea breeze cools everyone down all year round. The tropical climate and hot temperature encourage cool, cotton, loosely outfits for men and women.
The electrical current in Kiribati is 240 volts, AC 50 Hz. Three pin power outlets are commonly used in Kiribati (the same as Australia).
CURRENCY, EXCHANGE AND MONEY
Kiribati uses the Australian dollar (AUD). The ANZ Bank (Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd) is the only International banking company in Kiribati with operating branches on South Tarawa and Kiritimati Island. On South Tarawa, ATMs are accessible at Betio, Bairiki, Bikenibeu ANZ Bank branches and at the gate of Tungaru Central Hospital in Nawerewere On Kiritimati Island you can access the ATM at Ronton An amount of $5000 cash is permitted to be carried by a visitor when traveling to Kiribati. Major foreign currencies and travelers cheques can be exchanged at the ANZ Bank. Coins: 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 & $2. Notes: $5, $10, $20, $50 & $100. Credit Cards: VISA & Master Cards are currently the only major credit cards accepted in Kiribati but there is limited acceptance where there are no credit card facilities. You will not be able to use credit cards on outer islands.
For emergencies in Tarawa:
Operator (Emergency Service Only): 199