Kiribati Holidays, Events, Climate and Sightseeing

Kiribati: Holidays, Sports, Climate

Public holidays

There are a number of public holidays that do not have a fixed date, but are based on the location of Easter. Easter takes place on the first Sunday that follows the first full moon after the beginning of spring. Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, which ends on Holy Saturday, is 46 days before Holy Saturday. The date for Pentecost is then 50 days after Easter. The Corpus Christi festival is celebrated on the 2nd Thursday after Pentecost. All Saints’ Day is celebrated for Orthodox Christians on the 1st Sunday after Pentecost, but for Catholic Christians the date is fixed on November 1st.

Date Holiday
January 1 New Year
March April Easter
May 9 Health day
July 12 Independence day
August 1 Youth day
12th of December Human rights day
24th of December Christmas
25 December Boxing Day

Source: Countryaah – Kiribati Holidays

Sports in Kiribati

In the New Year’s football game on Tarawa, teams from the remote outer islands compete against each other.

Surfing

Surfing is very good on Tabueran Island and it is widespread and very popular here.

Diving, snorkeling

Diving and snorkeling are very good on the islands because of the great visibility and the impressive underwater world. If you want to dive in the bottle here, you should organize your diving holiday in good time, as there are only a few diving schools on the islands.

Deep-

sea fishing Deep- sea fishing is ao z. B. offered on South Tarawa.

Dancing

As on many South Sea islands, the art of dancing is an important part of the cultural life on the islands. The maneaba should be emphasized at this point.

Kiribati: climate

Kiribati is located in the middle of the tropics, so the climate is tropical all year round, i.e. hot and humid, but is tempered by the trade winds.

The best time to travel to Kiribati

Despite the consistently warm weather throughout the year, the best time to travel is in the months of December to March because of the lower rainfall.

Climate table

The climatic conditions in different regions of the country can differ considerably from each other and therefore also from the values shown. In addition, such monthly temperature averages say little about the possible current minimum or maximum temperatures. It is not uncommon for maximum values of 40 °C or even more to occur at average temperatures of around 30 °C. The table therefore only provides a general overview of the country’s climatic conditions.

Month Average number of rainy days Mean maximum temperatures in (°C) Mean minimum temperatures in (°C)
January 13-14 30-31 24-25
February 11-12 30-31 24-25
March 13-14 30-31 24-25
April 14-15 30-31 24-25
May 14-15 31-32 25-26
June 13-14 30-31 24-25
July 16-17 30-31 24-25
August 17-18 32-33 24-25
September 14-15 32-33 24-25
October 10-11 31-32 25-26
November 9-10 31-32 25-26
December 16-17 30-31 25-26

Kiribati: Sightseeing

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Phoenix Islands

The Phoenix Islands belong to the island state of Kiribati in the South Pacific, in the western Pacific. The Kiribati state consists of three island groups, one of which is the Phoenix Islands. The Phoenix Islands include eight uninhabited atolls and two coral reefs that lie north of Samoa. The mainland area of this group of islands is approx. 30 km². The archipelago includes the following islands: Canton, Enderbury, Birnie, Rawaki, Orona, Manra, Teraina and Nikumarora. The islands are mainly low-growth reefs where numerous species of seabirds nest and breed. The two associated reefs, Winslow and the horseshoe-shaped Carondelet Reef, are constantly submerged reefs that are to be considered as inland waters as they have no access to the open sea. They are about 10 m below the sea surface. The protected area also includes the sea surrounding the islands with an area of approximately 400,000 km². The biodiversity in the sea is very great.

The Phoenix Islands were added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2010

Special structures

Maneaba

The men’s house occupies a prominent position in the village in terms of its central location, but also in terms of size and the craftsmanship.

Cannons

On South Tarawa you can find huge cannons from World War II, namely from 1943, due to the fighting for Tarawa.

University of the South Pacific

The University of the South Pacific was founded in 1968. Due to the geography of the South Pacific states, the university is spread over many locations. The University of the South Pacific is funded by 12 states, these are:

  • Cook Islands
  • Fiji Islands
  • Kiribati
  • Marshal Islands
  • Nauru
  • Niue
  • Solomon Islands
  • Samoa
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu

The main campus of the university is located in Suva, Fiji Islands. A total of around 16,000 students are currently studying at all branches. The University of the South Pacific offers the following degree programs:

  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Computer science
  • journalism
  • tourism
  • Social sciences
  • environmental Protection
  • Economics

Natural beauties

Birdwatching Bird

watching is excellent on the island of Banaba.

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