Visit Gilbert Islands
The Gilbert Islands of Kiribati are a group of 16 atolls and coral islands located in the central Pacific Ocean. This archipelago is part of the island nation of Kiribati, which also includes Banaba, Phoenix and Line Islands. The Gilbert Islands are known for their white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, lush vegetation and welcoming locals. Visitors to the Gilberts can explore the stunning seascapes and marine life by snorkeling or diving in Tarawa Lagoon or traveling to one of the many uninhabited islands including Kiritimati (Christmas Island). Another popular activity is exploring nearby Butaritari Island's WWII battlefields and bunkers from Japan's occupation during World War II. Meanwhile, culture lovers can visit Betio Village on South Tarawa to learn about I-Kiribati lifestyle through traditional singing and dancing performances as well as craft markets selling local artworks. As a fun fact, modern surfing was first introduced to Kiribati in 1934 by Duke Kahanamoku, Hawaiian Olympic swimming champion who brought his surfboard here when visiting for a pearl-diving expedition.
Cities in Gilbert Islands
Abemama, Ambo Village, Tarawa, Abaiang, Arorae, Banraeaba Village, Tabiteuea, Beru, Makin, Bonriki Village, Banaba, Temaiku Village, Marakei, Kuria, Nonouti, Makin Village, Betio Village, Nawerewere Village, Maiana, Eita Village, Bairiki Village, Aranuka, Nikunau, Buota Village, Onotoa, Bikenibeu Village, Teaoraereke Village, Butaritari, Tamana