Kiribati 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.
The main language is I-Kiribati. On the capital Tarawa, English is widely understood but less so on the outer islands. Temperature varies between 25° and 33°C and 50 to 63 percent of the annual possible sunshine of 4135 hours. The wet season extends from December to May and rainfall variation is high in most of the islands. A gentle breeze from the easterly quarter is predominant.
Wording courtesy of Kiribati National Tourism Office
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