According to softwareleverage, Kiribati is characterized by white sandy beaches and crystal clear water. The republic of the small island state is made up of more than 30 coral islands spread across the Pacific. The tourism industry in this remote country is still in its infancy – one more reason to take a trip to this paradise early rather than late.
The relatively unknown Kiribati is dotted with numerous coconut trees that move back and forth in a gentle breeze while the water glistens around you. Not only can you relax here, you can also discover an interesting world of animals.
The capital, Tarawa, is one of the most densely populated areas in the Pacific. Like their ancestors, the residents continue to live in high-lying straw huts. However, there are also increasingly bars, cinemas, cars and the Internet, so you are not cut off from civilization.
The largest island, Kiritimati, makes up almost half of the landmass of Kiribati. Lakes and ponds are great for fishing and are home to some of the largest bird colonies. You can discover a fascinating and largely untouched nature here.
Best travel time
The best travel time for the western Kiribati Islands (ie the Gilbert Islands) is generally from May to November. The perfect travel time is between September and November , the least rainy time of the year. You can travel to the Phoenix Islands and Central Line Islands year-round as they are much drier. The southern Line Islands should be avoided from November to April due to the increased risk of cyclones.
Optimal travel time after months
Due to the humidity and temperatures, it is pleasantly warm at this time of the year. The maximum values are between around 29 ° C. At this time you have to expect four to five rainy days with significant downpours. Since it is autumn in Kiribati, there is little tourism. If you’re looking for a bargain, March to May is the place for you.
From June to August the weather is very pleasant with high but pleasant temperatures. During these months, little rainfall (3-4 days) can be expected. This time is part of the main tourist season in Kiribati, so accommodation can cost more than usual.
September – November
The daily maximum values are around 28 ° C, which feels very pleasant in view of the humidity and wind. It can rain a little on three to five days, but these showers rarely last long. Tourism is slowly decreasing at this travel time, so hotels may be cheaper.
December – February
At this time of the year it rains more frequently and more consistently, so there are not so many tourists on the archipelago.
Climate in South Tarawa
The maximum temperature in Kiribati is 31 ° C in April, May and June. The summer (June to September) with average 30 ° C hot . In the winter months it is around 29 ° C very warm . During the day, the annual mean temperature in Kiribati is a warm 29.9 ° C.
At night it gets coldest at 23 ° C in February. The thermometer rarely falls below 25 ° C in May, June and November. While the nights in summer are averages of pleasantly warm 24 ° C, the thermometer drops to a pleasantly warm 24 ° C at night between November and March. The temperature at night averages a pleasant 24.2 ° C throughout the year.
With 24 rainy days, July is the rainiest month of the year. The April is the driest month of the year . From June to September Kiribati is wet with an average of around 22 rainy days, the winter (November to March) is humid with 15 rainy days. Rain falls on an annual average of 17.6 days per month.
The country actually owns the Kiribati dollar. However, there are no banknotes in circulation, instead Kiribati uses the Australian dollar.
Credit cards are only accepted in Kiribati to a very limited extent. There are ATMs in branches of the Bank of Kiribati and the ANZ in the towns of Betio, Bairiki and Bikenibeu – all of which are located on the Tarawa Atoll.