There are literally hundreds of islands sitting the South Pacific Ocean, with most of them actually being uninhabited. However, there’s a chain of them in Micronesia close to the equator, known as Kiribati, with a population of about 100,000 people. The nation consists of three major groups of islands, which are the Line, Phoenix, and Gilbert Islands.

Now this isn’t a sea and sand resort as it’s more of a nature lover’s paradise and an ideal place for the adventurous traveler who likes to wander off the beaten path.

Most of the residents live in the capital of Tarawa, a city that witnessed quite a few battles in the Second World War and is still home to many shipwrecks under its sparkling waters.

In fact, the sunken ships are what attract hundreds of scuba divers there each year. Another one of the islands of Kiribati is called Christmas Island, also known as Kiritimati.

In the Phoenix Islands you’ll find the world’s largest protected marine area which houses several undisturbed eco-systems. Here’ you’ll be able to explore the amazing coral reefs and keep your eye out for several species of rare birds.

Kiribati used to be known as the Gilbert Islands when it was a colony of the British up until gaining independence in 1979.

The weather’s lovely all year long and you can explore the various islands by small plane and boat. There’s plenty of seafood and rice to enjoy and drinks that are made from the sap of coconut trees.

The republic of Kiribati should be high on all nature-lovers’ lists as it has some amazing scenery and landscapes to offer.


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