Marakei Island Profile

History:

An island with a unique welcoming style to first time travelers to the island where they have to go around the island in an anti-clockwise manner. This is known as Te Katabwanin. The island also encircles a deep blue lagoon. The crews of Hernando de Grijalva’s vessel from San Juan were the first discoverers of Marakei in 1857. Later some white traders resided on the island. Labor traders also sighted the island and recruited some islanders to work as laborers in Guatemala.

Population:

3,280 (Census 2005)

Island Council:

Contact details

Phone Number: (686) 34205

Electricity:

Solar energy system and portable generator

Internet:

No internet connection available on the island

Banking:

No banking facilities available. Everything will be cash (Australian dollars)

Schools:

7 Primary Schools and a Junior Secondary School

How to get there:

Flight Schedule

Air Kiribati Ltd – every Wed, Fri, Sun

Phone number: (686) 28557/21550

Coral Sun Airways – every Tuesday and Sunday

Phone number: (686) 29539/29517

Boat Schedule

Kiribati Shipping Services Limited

Phone number: (686) 26195, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Oceania Shipping Services

Phone number: (686) 50333,

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Kiribati Inter-Island Shipping Services

Phone number: (686) 26839

Accommodation:

For accomodation enquiry, please ...click here

Please go to Marakei Island Factfile for further required information

Main Industry:

Agriculture, fisheries and handicraft

Communications:

Land line telephone and CB Radio

Health Services:

1 Health Center and 5 Clinics

Interesting facts:

Culture, people and historical/cultural shrines.