60 days in Oceania Itinerary

60 days in Oceania Itinerary

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Yap, Federated States of Micronesia
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Koror, Palau
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Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
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Cairns, Australia
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Gold Coast, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Apia, Samoa
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Neiafu, Tonga
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Sigatoka, Fiji
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Honiara, Solomon Islands
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Tarawa Atoll, Republic of Kiribati
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Yap, Federated States of Micronesia — 3 nights

Yap or Wa′ab traditionally refers to an island located in the Caroline Islands of the western Pacific Ocean, a part of the Federated States of Micronesia. On the 24th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Japanese Zeros, explore the ancient world of Stone Money, and then snap pictures at Colonia Bridge. On your second day here, stroll around Sunset Park, stroll through Tamilyog Trail, and then browse the exhibits of The Ethnic Art Institute of Micronesia.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Yap online trip itinerary planner.

Belfast, UK to Yap is an approximately 34-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Belfast to Yap is 10 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Belfast in August, with highs in Yap at 36°C and lows at 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Koror.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Museums
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Koror, Palau — 4 nights

Once Palau's capital, Koror remains by far the country's most populous town and offers plenty of options for tourism.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rock Islands Southern Lagoon and Ngardmau Falls. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Milky Way, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, browse the exhibits of Belau Art Gallery, and look for gifts at DFS, Palau Airport.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Koror online itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Yap to Koror with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Port Moresby.
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Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
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Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea — 2 nights

In contrast to the surrounding wilderness, national capital Port Moresby offers some impressive cultural attractions and a decent array of amenities.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): get a sense of history and politics at National Parliament House, meet the residents at Port Moresby Nature Park, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Vision City Mega Mall. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Ela Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bomana War Cemetery, and then take in nature's colorful creations at National Orchid Garden.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Port Moresby driving holiday planning app.

Traveling by flight from Koror to Port Moresby takes 13.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to fly to Cairns.
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Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
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Cairns, Australia — 7 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Explore hidden gems such as Historic Village Herberton and Photography Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Mamu Tropical Skywalk (in Innisfail), Paronella Park (in Mena Creek) and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery (in Mossman). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and see Off-Road Tours.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary website.

Fly from Port Moresby to Cairns in 5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Cairns when traveling from Port Moresby in September, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Gold Coast.
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Gold Coast, Australia — 5 nights

A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Coolangatta Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Gold Coast side-trips: Brisbane (Roma Street Parkland, Gallery of Modern Art, &more) and Cape Byron Walking Track (in Byron Bay). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kirra Beach, and buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Centre.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Gold Coast takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cairns in September: high temperatures in Gold Coast hover around 27°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Sydney.
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Sydney, Australia — 6 nights

The Harbour City

Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Three Sisters and Echo Point Lookout. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: The Road Builders Memorial (in Katoomba) and Leura (Elysian Rock Lookout & Saint Bonaventure's Church). There's still lots to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sydney route planner.

Getting from Gold Coast to Sydney by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Queenstown.
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Queenstown, New Zealand — 6 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Snow Farm NZ and The Remarkables Ski Area. Explore Queenstown's surroundings by going to Cardrona (Cardrona Alpine Resort & UnderDog Sled Dog Tours). On the 21st (Wed), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. There's lots more to do: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, push the limits with an extreme tour, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Park.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown visit planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Queenstown in 6 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Queenstown is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Rotorua.
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Rotorua, New Zealand — 6 nights

Sulphur City

Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ruakuri Cave and Horseback Riding Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Mount Maunganui (Mount Maunganui Base Track, Mount Maunganui Summit Track, &more), Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Waitomo Caves) and Taupo (Huka Falls Walkway, Speed Boats Tours, &more). There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, experience rural life at Agrodome, identify plant and animal life at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Rotorua.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Rotorua online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Rotorua takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Auckland.
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Auckland, New Zealand — 5 nights

City of Sails

The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wine Tours & Tastings and Room Escape Games. Step out of Auckland to go to Waiheke Island and see Wild on Waiheke, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Viaduct Harbour, observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, and explore the world behind art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Auckland takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Rotorua in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Auckland, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. On the 6th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Apia.
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Parks · Wineries · Museums · Tours
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Apia, Samoa — 5 nights

The Samoan capital of Apia serves as the first port of call for most visitors, and it plays home to a number of historic sites, a laid-back seaside promenade, and a range of hotels and restaurants keeping tourists entertained.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at To Sua Ocean Trench and Immaculate Conception Cathedral. Step out of Apia to go to Lalomanu and see Lalomanu Beach, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Samoa Cultural Village, kick back and relax at Lefaga Beach, stroll through Tafa Tafa Beach, and look for gifts at Mailelani Samoa.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Apia trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Apia takes 8 hours. Traveling from Auckland to Apia, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Neiafu.
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Neiafu, Tonga — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Ene'io Botanical Garden and then fulfill a lifelong dream with Dolphin Pacific Diving and Whale Watching.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Neiafu trip planner.

You can fly from Apia to Neiafu in 6 hours. October in Neiafu sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Sigatoka.
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Sigatoka, Fiji — 4 nights

Located at the western end of Coral Coast, with its long sheltered beaches and popular surf spots, Sigatoka is best known for its immediate surroundings than for the town itself.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Zipline. Spend the 16th (Sun) exploring nature at Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park. And it doesn't end there: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Off-Road Cave Safari, see some colorful creatures with Diveaway Fiji, get a taste of local nightlife at Baravi Handcrafts & Cafe, and enjoy the sand and surf at Natadola Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sigatoka driving holiday planning app.

Traveling by flight from Neiafu to Sigatoka takes 5.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Neiafu to Sigatoka due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Sigatoka can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Honiara.
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Honiara, Solomon Islands — 2 nights

The hustle and bustle of Honiara, the capital of Solomon Islands, provides a nice counterpoint to the slow pace and laid-back atmosphere in other areas of the country.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Solomon Islands Memorial Garden, then take a tour by water with Ripples Boat Charters, and then admire the sheer force of Tenaru Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at Vilu War Museum, then appreciate the history behind Guadalcanal American Memorial, then appreciate the history behind Solomon Scouts & Coastwatchers Memorial, and finally kick back and relax at Mbonege Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Honiara trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Sigatoka to Honiara takes 6.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Sigatoka to Honiara is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sigatoka in October: highs in Honiara hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to fly to Tarawa Atoll.
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Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Tarawa Atoll, Republic of Kiribati — 1 night

The capital of Kiribati, Tarawa Atoll has an administrative and cultural importance to the country as a whole and deserves to be explored by those visiting the islands.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Sacred Heart Cathedral, get a sense of history and politics at Parliament Building, and then stroll through Ambo Island.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tarawa Atoll day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Honiara to Tarawa Atoll takes 6.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Honiara to Tarawa Atoll due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Honiara in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tarawa Atoll: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.
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Federated States of Micronesia travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Ruins · Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing
Visit the Federated States of Micronesia to experience life on its 607 small islands, scattered across more than 2,600,000 sq km (1,000,000 sq mi) of the Pacific Ocean. These tropical lands dotted in the sea formed as the result of volcanic activity millions of years ago. Today, the four states each have their distinct culture, but share a common ideal of sustainability coupled with an abundance of biological diversity on land and at sea. Enjoy the traditions of the welcoming Micronesian people, and travel between the islands to observe their similarities and differences. A Micronesia holiday offers true exploration, with points of historical, biological, and cultural interest.
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Palau travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Scuba & Snorkeling · Shark Diving
Visit Palau for an island holiday of exploration, relaxation, and culture. Adventure across the country's many limestone islands, covered in a wealth of vegetation and brimming with wildlife, and head out into the surrounding waters to dive, snorkel, and swim in an abundant marine environment. Learn about the native culture during your Palau holiday through traditional villages, live performances, and, of course, by delving into the local cuisine. Tours and accommodations across the islands offer good, convenient options for exploring the atolls at your own pace.
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Papua New Guinea travel guide

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Zoos · Cemeteries · Hiking Trails
Occupying the eastern half of New Guinea and its offshore islands, Papua New Guinea represents an immense cultural and biological diversity. Densely carpeted in lush rainforest, the largely mountainous interior includes several active volcanoes. Because of this rugged landscape, Papua New Guinea remains one of the planet's least explored areas, thought to harbor as-yet undiscovered species. Remote mountain ranges nurture unique plant and animal life found nowhere else in the world, while the wildly fluctuating topography creates large differences in climate that further diversify the ecosystems. The people of Papua New Guinea are equally varied and distinct, with hundreds of tribes and communities--the vast majority of which are rural--and approximately 850 different languages. Don't expect much of a tourism infrastructure in Papua New Guinea (or infrastructure of any kind), but do expect any challenges to be richly rewarded by a real adventure unlike any other, in an untamed wilderness, untouched by commercialization.
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Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.
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New Zealand travel guide

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Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.
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Samoa travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Waterfalls · History Museums
Enchanting Samoa and its people boast a legendarily laid-back approach to life, and clocks and set times are merely a formality here. The society remains a proud one, deeply connected to a set of millennia-old traditions known as "Fa'a Samoa"--the Samoan Way. Spread out over two main islands and several smaller landmasses, Samoa is a land of incredible contrasts and natural beauty, home to rocky volcanic mountains and expansive beaches, rugged cliffs and lush rainforests. Visitors on holiday in Samoa can easily spend their time exploring the country's exotic interior and untamed coastal reaches, which offer plenty of wildlife and fantastic landscapes. Alternatively, they can just as readily kick back in sleepy seaside villages, indulging in a full-service resort, or splash around in lagoons and at beaches that hold their place among the world's best.
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Tonga travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Nature & Parks
The Friendly Islands
Spread out over 177 islands, Tonga features an incredible array of natural environments and places to visit. "Island time" remains omnipresent in Tonga, and visitors may find that locals are in little hurry in their day-to-day lives. While sightseeing in Tonga, head for the country's three main island groupings--Vava'u, Ha'apai, and Tongatapu--to enjoy a taste of their world-class snorkeling and diving opportunities. Reefs and forests burst with life and lush foliage, and lend themselves well to enjoying the great outdoors, while sun-kissed beaches and idyllic lagoons make for fantastic lazy days along the shore. Alternatively, take advantage of the country's prolific whale-watching industry--frequently ranked among the best on the planet.
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Fiji travel guide

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Located at the heart of the Central Pacific, Fiji is an archipelago of 333 islands and hundreds more tiny islets, many of which are uninhabited. The land masses range from vast Viti Levu, mountainous and covered in green jungle, to private desert islands available for rent. With bountiful sunshine, white sand beaches, tranquil oceans, and lush rainforest, it is no surprise that ecotourism in Fiji thrives. Local culture combines indigenous Fijian, Indo-Fijian, Asian, and European influences in a vibrant mix, with many of the smaller islands still retaining a strong element of traditional island life. Explore the countless pockets of paradise to find your favorite.
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Solomon Islands travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Flea Markets · Ruins
Build your Solomon Islands trip around the many enriching diving experiences available, or plan a relaxing break on a luxuriously sandy and peaceful beach. Witness the vibrant culture of the local people on an eco-friendly guided walk, shopping for locally made handicrafts, and sampling the local cuisine. Solomon Islands still bears the marks of a very different aspect of its history, when some of the most intense fighting in World War II happened here. Learn about this dark chapter through memorials, museums, artifacts, and relics, both on land and under the sea.
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Republic of Kiribati travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Government Buildings · Churches
You'll find a surprising number of vacation ideas in Kiribati, an island nation boasting a rich cultural and natural abundance. The 33 coral islands offer world-class fishing spots, marine and terrestrial reserves, and great places to try a range of water sports. Its refreshingly noncommercial and lively culture engages visitors with its colors, vibrancy, and welcoming character. Experience the local philosophy of subsistence in the villages, where delicious cuisine and traditional ceremonies take precedence. On a different note, history buffs will appreciate sites commemorating an infamous World War II battle that took place here. Head farther inland for an adventurer's holiday--exploring the forests, discovering a wealth of impressive natural features, and identifying the diversity of plant and animal life.
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