Kiribati is located in the Pacific Ocean, south of the Marshall Islands and north of Samoa and Tahiti. The equator runs smack dab through the middle of many of the islands that make up this nation.
The population of all the islands is just over 110,000 people, with the majority concentrated on a few main islands. Over 98 percent of the population is Micronesian.
Kiribati gained independence from Britain in 1979. The main island of Tarawa was the site of one of the bloodiest battles of World War II over the Japanese by the United States.
Tourism is a major part of Kiribati's economy, and tourists are attracted by the scuba diving and snorkeling around barrier reefs as well as the white-sand beaches.
Saltwater sport fishing is also another major draw to Kiribati, as the Pacific offers plenty of opportunities for charters.
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