There’s so much to tell you about Kiribati. If I’m being honest, it wasn’t on my radar at all until maybe three weeks before I booked tickets. But I try to seek out places before they hit the mainstream tourist circuit, and I’d heard a few things that made me think now was the time to explore this South Pacific country. First, I read that Kiribati is one of the places on earth most vulnerable to the effects of climate change and rising sea levels. It is low-lying with the highest point just two metres above sea level, and is the poorest and least developed country in the region. It’s literally in danger of disappearing (though I should acknowledge that just like in other parts of the world you’ll meet plenty of people who dispute this).
Second, the current president has said he is investing in tourism and plans to increase international flights. (More on this in a future post).
For now, options are pretty limited. Fiji Airlines operate two flights a week from Brisbane, and Solomon Airways operates one. You can also get a flight on Narau airlines once a week, but none of these are direct. I opted for the Solomons flight because it was cheaper and the Narau one didn’t come up in online searches.