The Republic of Kiribati is a group of islands in the central Pacific Ocean. There are several islands chains all under this one nation, with a total of only 810 square kilometres in area. However, its atolls (coral islands) cover an area of 3.5 million square kilometres and most surround turquoise lagoons. The locals live simply and as the weather is always hot, the pace of life tends to be slow!
Due to its isolation a trip to Kiribati should be planned carefully. Flights to Tarawa in Kiribati can be obtained from Nadi in Fiji and also from Brisbane. Look out for cheap flights to Kiribati as part of a package deal if you are having a problem obtaining cheap Kiribati flights. The local economy is still developing so there should be no difficulty finding cheap Kiribati hotels.
A very fast 'supercat' boat is based in Betio and provides transport to Tarawa. Depending on what you want to do, it may be more convenient to hire a car, which is possible in Kiribati.
Captain Cook landed on Christmas Island, (Kiritimati) one of the Line Islands, on Christmas Eve 1777, hence the name he gave the island. It is breathtaking and a traditional way of life is still adhered to with people subsisting mainly on coconuts and fish. The wildlife here is extraordinary, from many varieties of birds to marine life. It also boasts Tarawa Atoll, the world's largest coral atoll. It's also worth visiting Betio, the site of a US Marine victory over the Japanese in 1943 where guns can still be seen along the beaches. Cheap Kiribati flights are definitely worth finding.