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Maps of Kiribati

Physical Map of Kiribati showing major islands groups and islands.

Covering a total land area of 811 sq.km (313 sq mi), the widely scattered nation of Kiribati comprises of 32 atolls and one raised coral island (Banaba), spread over 3.5 million sq.km at the heart of the Pacific Ocean. These low-lying coral atolls are the protruding tips of undersea volcanoes and extend only a few feet above sea level, being surrounded by extensive reefs.

As observed on the physical map of Kiribati above, the islands are grouped into the Gilbert Islands in the west; the Phoenix Islands in the center and the Line Islands in the east. Except for the Banaba island, most of the islands and atolls have ring-shaped islands with central lagoons. One of the world’s largest coral atoll is Kiritimati (Christmas Islands) situated in the Line group and having a land area of 388 sq.km, accounting for about half of the total land area of the country. The raised limestone Banaba island at an elevation of 285ft (87m) is the highest point in Kiribati. Coconut palms are found dominating the landscape on each island.

Geographical Units of Kiribati Map

Map of Kiribati showing its 3 geographical units

Kiribati (officially, the Republic of Kiribati) is divided into 3 geographical units, 6 districts and 21 island councils (one for each of the 21 inhabited islands). The geographical units are: Gilbert Islands, Line Islands and Phoenix Islands. The districts are: Banaba, Central Gilberts, Line Islands, Northern Gilberts, Southern Gilberts and Tarawa. The island councils are: Abaiang, Abemama, Aranuka, Arorae, Banaba, Beru, Butaritari, Kanton, Kiritimati, Kuria, Maiana, Makin, Marakei, Nikunau, Nonouti, Onotoa, Tabiteuea, Tabuaeran, Tamana, Tarawa and Teraina.

Covering a total land area of 811 sq.km, Kiribati comprises of 32 atolls and one raised coral island (Banaba), scattered over 3.5 million sq.km in the central Pacific Ocean. An atoll in the Gilbert Islands and located to the north of Maiana Island and to the south of Abaiang Island is Tarawa (South Tarawa) – the capital, the largest and the most populous atoll in Kiribati. Bairiki – an islet in the southern part of Tarawa serves as the chief administrative center.

Where is Kiribati?

Map showing location of Kiribati in the world.

Kiribati is a sovereign island nation in Micronesia comprising of 32 atolls and one raised coral island (Banaba), scattered over 3.5 million sq.km in the central Pacific Ocean.The chain of islands straddles along the edges of the Equator about halfway between Hawaii and Australia, bordering the International Date Line to the east. It extends from the western hemisphere to the eastern hemisphere, as well as the northern and southern hemispheres; making it the world’s only island nation to be situated on all four hemispheres of the Earth.

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Outline Map of Kiribati

Blank Outline Map of Kiribati

The above map represents Kiribati - a sovereign island nation in Micronesia comprising of 32 atolls and one raised coral island (Banaba), scattered over 3.5 million sq.km in the central Pacific Ocean. The above map can be downloaded, printed and used for geography education purposes like map-pointing and coloring activities.

Outline Map of Kiribati

The above outline map represents Kiribati - a sovereign island nation in Micronesia comprising of 32 atolls and one raised coral island (Banaba), scattered over 3.5 million sq.km in the central Pacific Ocean. The island nation is home to the South Pacific’s largest marine reserve.

Key Facts

Legal Name Republic of Kiribati
Capital City Tarawa
1 21 N, 173 02 E
Independence 12 July 1979 (from the UK)

Geography

Total Area 811.00 km2
Land Area 811.00 km2
Water Area 0.00 km2
Total Border 0.0 km
Coastline 1,143.0 km
Climate Tropical; marine, hot and humid, moderated by trade winds
Coordinates 1 25 N, 173 00 E
Mean Elevation 2 m
Lowest Elevation 0 m
Pacific Ocean
Highest Elevation 81 m
unnamed elevation on Banaba

Demographics

Population 117,606
Ethnic Groups I-Kiribati 96.2%, I-Kiribati/mixed 1.8%, Tuvaluan 0.2%, other 1.8% (2015 est.)
Languages I-Kiribati, English (official)
Religions Roman Catholic 57.3%, Kiribati Uniting Church 31.3%, Mormon 5.3%, Baha'i 2.1%, Seventh Day Adventist 1.9%, other 2.1% (2015 est.)

Economy

Currency Australian dollars (AUD)
GDP $194.65 Million
GDP Per Capita $1,655.08
Exports Fish, coconut products

This page was last updated on November 23, 2020

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