Kiritimati (Christmas) Island
The island has a hotel and facilities for game fishing, and there are (reportedly) no ill effects from the British hydrogen bomb tests held there in the ’50s and ’60s.It is linked to Tarawa by air and sea.
Betio Island, probably the most populous in Kiribati, has the port, shipyard and main power station, and it’s where you’ll go if you need to cool your heels overnight in jail. Betio also has a large number of war relics, after fierce fighting during a major marine assault in November 1943. On Ambo Island the ‘greens’ of the golf course are rolled sand. Tarawa is one of the most densely populated areas in the Pacific, with a population density similar to Hong Kong’s.