Kiribati

Country #69

A world far away,
Struggling in many ways,
Strips in the ocean.

In 2015, I went to Kiribati for a week on a work trip. Kiribati is certainly not a 'Pacific island paradise' - in fact, it is far from that. It is poor, polluted, and has only basic facilities for the most part.

For visitors, one of the first things one may realise, apart from just how low-lying the country is, is how long it takes to get from the Airport to Betio Town. The distance between the islets, and the poor conditions of the road between them, makes getting around a frustrating task. The view to the ocean is pretty, but this is the Pacific, so that should virtually be a given. I think there's a lot more that could be done in Tarawa to make it more attractive for visitors - for example, there is a striking lack of sea-side bars from which to enjoy a drink while looking out to the sunset, and renting a car or motorbike is a chore.

Life in Kiribati is a struggle for many, and so is being a visitor there. It's main highlight, perhaps, is the fact that it is somewhere that very few travellers reach.