Republic of Kiribati
Opening of Kiribati new Parliament House, 2000
Male dancers at sunset, Bairiki, South Tarawa
Kiribati girls performing te buki on Tarawa
Tarawa is not a single town but a group of islets surrounded by a coral atoll, and apart from the south where causeways link the islets, one will need a boat to navigate around the main features.
The International Airport is on Bonriki in the southeast corner; the main hospital, Nawerewere, is located at Bikenibeu. The central Government offices, Parliament building, President's Office and Resident, Central Post Office, Telecommunications Services Kiribati Limited (TSKL), Library and Archives, and various other official buildings, including the Air Kiribati Travel Agency are all on Bairiki islet. Betio islet, probably the most popular in Kiribati, has the port, shipyard and main power station, and it is where you'll go if you need to cool your heels overnight in jail! Betio also has a large number of War relics (World War 2), after fierce fighting during a major marine assault in 1943 (the Battle of Tarawa). On Ambo islet, the "greens" of the Golf Course are rolled sands.
Lagoon at low tide and village scene, South Tarawa
Left: Dormitory for girls. Right: Maneaba - meeting house for girls
Tarawa is one of the most densely populated areas in the Pacific, and it is estimated that by the year 2010, it could have a similar population density to Hong Kong!
Relics of World War 2 on Betio islet, South Tarawa
Telecommunications Services Kiribati Limited (TSKL) champion dancers
Ambo lagoon club, South Tarawa
Left: A causeway at South Tarawa. Right: Village on the lagoon, Tarawa.
The rare beauty of Tarawa sunset with a glorious full moon!
Aerial view of part of Tarawa atoll
Double storey house on the lagoon, Tarawa
Old parliament house, Bairiki, Tarawa
Roman Catholic church, Teaoraereke, Tarawa
The future generation admire the sunset, Tarawa