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Ever wondered how to pronounce Kiribati, even if you had ever heard of it

May 30, 2014 Global Travel Media TV No Comments Email Email

EGT mediaTVNow, if you had ever wondered how to pronounce Kiribati, even if you had never heard of it, then let me help you as it is pronounced Kiribas.

So, now that we have managed to get that out of the way, let me tell you a little about this amazing nation, an independent republic within the Commonwealth of Nations, located in the central Pacific Ocean, about 4,000 km (about 2,500 mi) southwest of Hawaii and part of the division of the Pacific islands that is known as Micronesia.

image006Kiribati consists of 33 coral islands divided among three island groups: the Gilbert Islands, the Phoenix Islands, and the Line Islands, with all of the islands atolls, with central lagoons except for the island of Banaba in the Gilbert Islands which is a raised limestone island.

Of the 33 islands of Kiribati, 21 are inhabited, with most of the population concentrated in the Gilbert Islands and only one of the islands in Phoenix Group (Kanton Island) is inhabited and three of the Line Islands are permanently inhabited.

The capital of Kiribati is Tarawa, an atoll in the Gilbert Islands and Bairiki, an islet of Tarawa, serves as an administrative center.

Amazingly, Kiribati has a total land area of 811 sq kms or 313 sq miles, extending about 3,900 km (about 2,400 mi) from east to west.

From north to south they extend about 2,100 km (about 1,300 mi), straddling the equator.

One of the key future issued for Kiribati is the majority of the atolls are barely more than six metres above sea level and while they are surrounded by barrier reefs creating picturesque lagoons for fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming and other water sports.

Very interestingly, before 1994, the eastern and western islands groups were on either side of the International Dateline with a 23-hour time difference between them, but the President of Kiribati decided to move the dateline, which then created a 2 hour difference between islands in the Gilbert Islands Group and the Line and Phoenix Islands Group.

This also identified Kiribati as the first nation to see the Third Millennium.

In the meantime, I met with George Kum Kee Jr, of Kiribas National Tourism Office at SPTE and to hear and see what George had to tell me, click on the video box below.

A report by John Alwyn Jones on location for Global Travel Media as exclusive Australian trade media at South Pacific Tourism Exchange 2014

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