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Christmas Island: Kiribati

“Every island to a child is a treasure island”

Everyone knew that all islands were worlds unto themselves, that to come to an island was to come to another world.

In the movie, Return to The Blue Lagoon ignites the thought in me that if I could ever get a chance to disappear with the special one into some beautiful island like this. 
Away from hustle and bustle of the city, an untouched beauty of nature awaits for us to caress with it’s widespread greenery.

Christmas Island of Kiribati is an impeccable breakout.

Christmas Island

The history behind the Island Of Kiribati

Kiritimati, or Christmas Island, is the Pacific Ocean raised coral atoll in the northern Line Islands. It is a part of the Republic Of Kiribati.

The name “Kiritimati”  is a respelling of the English word  “Christmas” in the Kiribati language. Its population is approx. 118,414.

Captain William Mynors of the Royal Mary, an English East India Company  Vessel, name the island when he sailed past it on Christmas Day, in 1643.

The widely scattered nation of Kiribati, pronounced “Kir-ee-bahs”, located in the Pacific ocean along the equators, includes the Gilbert, Pheonix and the Line Island Groups. Most are uninhabited. 

It is a 135 sq. km island became an Australian territory on 1st October 1958.

How to fly to Kiribati?

Currently, the only one way to get there is by one of the scheduled air services. Air Pacific flies twice weekly from Nadi, Fiji to Tarawa and once a week to Kiribati. 
Air Kiribati fly from Tarawa to Nadi, Fiji once a week.

Famous activities of Kiribati

  • fishing
If you prefer deep blue water with big game fish or prefer the crystalline water and serenity of saltwater flyfishing, Kiribati is the destination for you

  • scuba diving
Kiribati is the home for largest marine reserves. It contains over 500 species of fishes and nearly 20 different species of seabirds.

Diving here and expose scuba enthusiasts to exotic marine life and diverse habitat. because of the abundance of shallow water around the atolls, much of the diving in Kiribati originate from shore or outrigger canoes.

 Motorized boats also take divers farther offshore.

 The area consists of more than 200 species of corals and 500 fish species, in addition to at least 18 marine mammals. 

  • seabird wildlife
With little land in any direction, Kirimati supports 18 different species of birds, including the Endemic Christmas Island Warbler. The island is also home, and a population stronghold, to the endangered Phoenix Petrel and the white-throated Storm Petrel. 

Phoenix Petrel
White-throated storm petrel

Precautions:  yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travelers over one year of age coming from infected areas. 

Where to stay?

As Kiribati is not a regular tourist spot so there are few but luxurious hotels to stay. 

Flanked by the beauty of nature, calm and detoxified atmosphere is a mindblowing hub for the peace lovers.

for more details: hotels of Kiribati
In one of my travel days, I got a quote “Difficult roads leads to beautiful destinations” 
though Kiribati is not difficult to get. So there’s nothing to wait for. With beautiful unforgettable memories, my journey reached the edge. 

Happy Travels. 😊😊

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