Tarawa, located in the Gilberts Group is the capital of Kiribati. It is shaped like a boomerang, and is a chain of interconnecting islets, linked by causeways or bridges, sometimes requiring a canoe or wading to reach the other side. South Tarawa is home to the largest concentration of the population, the seat of government and commercial centres; whereas North Tarawa maintains a more peaceful traditional lifestyle, with I-Kiribati living in buias and small villages and weaving pandanus mats or harvesting coconuts as part of their daily life. There is no road in some areas of North Tarawa.

Bikenibeu hosts a cultural centre showcasing Kiribati history and artifacts, while other areas of Tarawa bear testament to one of the most intense battles of World War II with many war relics still evident.

Cultural tours, war tours, dance floor shows, lagoon sailing and reef fishing are all available in Tarawa.

Hotels in Tarawa

Tabon Te Keekee

If you are looking for an ecotourism holiday with beautiful beach surroundings, Tabon Te Keekee is your destination.

Our undisturbed and tranquil home in Abatao is located on underdeveloped North Tarawa, Kiribati. With few western luxuries, Tabon te Keekee is the perfect location to unwind and rediscover the simple things in life. Our separate eating house and coffee corner provide places to gather and interact with your hosts, other guests, and local people, while you take in the view of South Tarawa across the sparkling turquoise lagoon.

Guests are invited to stroll through the village. A visit to the nearby clam farm and other attractions can be arranged. If you wish to be a little more active and explore further afield, we offer bicycles for hire.

Tabon Te Keekee is perfectly located for a relaxing and simple vacation. The clear, warm, and calm lagoon lies steps from your door, ideal for swimming and leisurely water activities.

It is a superb place to kite surf and other sports are also available. You can join the village football teams in the afternoon, with a few large twigs in the sand for goal posts, the ‘swimming pool’ becomes a ‘football pitch’.

Contact: Tabon Te Keekee

Phone: +686 720 37514

Otintaai Hotel

Situated on the lagoon edge in Bikenibeu, South Tarawa, the government-owned Otintaai hotel offers simple, functional accommodation just 10 minutes from the airport and with easy access to the commercial centres of the island.

  • 40 air-conditioned rooms
  • private bathroom facilities
  • restaurant & lounge bar
  • local dance entertainment

1 of the 40 rooms at Otintaai Hotel

Address: Main Street 686 Bairiki
Phone: +686 28020

Fema Lodge

Family-owned Fema Lodge is a central Kiribati Motel. The Telolomi family prides itself on offering guests affordable and spacious Kiribati accommodation catered to suit both business and leisure travelers.

With newly renovated rooms, it is possible to book both short- and long-term stays at Fema Lodge. The single and double rooms are well integrated into the surrounding residential area.

Fema Lodge has great views of the nearby lagoon and is situated in just the right spot to catch the cool breeze off the water – nature’s fan. That same summer breeze drifts through the lodge’s open dining area, where guests can relax with a drink in hand (and free WiFi).

Friendly and accommodating staff round out a stay at this local Kiribati motel. Browse through the site to learn more about us and how we can make your stay in Tarawa as enjoyable as possible.

Located in the village of Antebuka (Centre of Tarawa) on South Tarawa Island, Fema Lodge is within easy walking or driving distance to nearby shops and business centres such as the Toyota offices and the Kiribati Protestant Church headquarters.

Fema Lodge has been in operation since 2006, run by Emma and Fatali Telolomi and their family. What started as a small, long-term rental business soon grew to include a short-stay motel as well, an expansion that provides the family the opportunity to welcome and cater to a variety of guests.

A cosy space enclosed with trees and greenery, Fema Lodge is sheltered enough to create a sense of privacy, but not completely isolated from the friendly neighbourhood, whose residents are always ready to help guests find their way around the island.

P.O.Box 84, Tarawa, Bairiki, Kiribati

Phone:  +686 730 03352