Kiribati is located south of Hawaii, and has a little more than 100,000 people living on less than 320 square miles of land. It is comprised of 33 small islands and these are grouped into three divisions – the Gilbert Islands, Phoenix Islands and Line Islands.
Kiribati is predicted to become uninhabitable as a result of coastal erosion and fresh water pollution by 2050. More than 60% of Kiribati’s inhabitants are below the age of 30 and they may be the last generation to reside on these islands.
According to a recent study it has been found that the oceans are taking in heat 15 times faster than they have in the past 10,000 years. Before the rising Pacific drowns these islands, it will seep in, and permanently pollute and spoil, their already insufficient supply of fresh water. The disaster could arrive even sooner for Kiribati if brutal storms strike these islands. For all of the above said reasons, the 100,000 inhabitants of Kiribati may soon become refugees paying the penalty for global warming.
What makes Kiribati an attractive tourist destination?
Kiribati houses untouched and beautiful reefs and lagoons and a flourishing traditional culture. The beaches are so expansive, the water so delightfully clear, and the vegetation so lush green and tropical that this is an ideal paradise for an island escape.
The natural environment of these islands and nearby waters offer captivating experiences, with the marine world teaching outstanding fishing techniques and excellent diving and snorkelling spots, while on land activities include bird watching, learning the culture and history of Kiribati, indulging in the local cuisine and so on. Tourist activities in Kiribati centre mostly on the natural environment, chiefly on the lagoons and ocean, and on the traditional culture. Most activities are on a small scale and in their infancy stage.
Kiribati Island culture reveals restricted outside influence, with traditional ceremonies still having significant roles in Kiribati life. Families continue encourage living in extended groups; many inhabitants build their own homes and canoes from natural resources; traditional crafts exist, creating spectacular handicrafts and Kiribati dance remains to be synonymous with Kiribati characteristics.
With so many cultural and environmental attractions, Kiribati is drawing in a number of travellers. But according to United Nations data, last year Kiribati had only around 6000 visitors and this makes Kiribati a perfect option for those of you who are looking for a quiet and peaceful retreat.