Location: Central Pacific Ocean. Tarawa, one of a string of atolls that make up the Gilbert Islands.

Governance Status: The Republic of Kiribati. Tarawa is the administrative capital of Kiribati.

Population: 50,182 (2010). Over half of Kiribati’s population reside on Tarawa.

Languages: Gilbertese & English.


Map courtesy of Reeftraveler




Tarawa in Literature:


On my to-read list:

Read a review of this from Reeftraveler here


Tarawa in Film:

  • Pacific Destiny – based on Sir Arthur Grimble’s book A Pattern of Islands


Tarawa in Pictures:


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