Tobaraoi Building, Lagoon Drive Bikenibeu Tarawa, Kiribati
Tobaraoi specialises in all aspects of travel to and around the Pacific region, particularly the islands of Kiribati but we are increasingly providing travel arrangements to other worldwide destinations. With 23 years of experience, Tobaraoi Travel opened our first office in Tarawa, Kiribati in 1995, expanding to Sydney, Australia in 1999 and in 2005 we opened a third office in Kiritimati (Christmas Island), Kiribati. In 2008 we incorporated Kiribati Holidays into Tobaraoi, thus enhancing our Kiribati inbound operations. Tobaraoi staff have extensive first hand experience of Pacific locations, particularly Kiribati, Tahiti, Samoa, Cook Islands and Fiji as well as the Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand and Tuvalu.
Betio Island, Kiribati
Kiribati (pronounced Kiribas) is 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. It is part of the division of the Pacific islands that is known as Micronesia. Kiribati consists of 33 coral islands divided among three island groups: the Gilbert Islands, the Phoenix Islands, and the Line Islands. All of the islands are atolls (ring-shaped islands 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. Most of the population is 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. Bairiki, an islet of Tarawa, serves as an administrative center.
Since 1995 Air Kiribati has offered international services but has been predominately focussed on providing domestic connections through the Gilbert Islands Group of Kiribati. In 2016 Air Kiribati commenced domestic operations in the Line Island Group servicing both Washington and Fanning Islands. In 2017 the IATA once again recognised Air Kiribati as an international airline once it was allocated its official two letter code IK and three numeric code 069. This change is facilitating the airline to operate international operations once again. Air Kiribati is a 100% government owned airline and is proud to carrier the flag of the nation of Kiribati. The Air Kiribati Board directly reports to the Minister for Information, Communication, Transport and Tourism Development (MICTTD).