Makin Island Profile


The first island from the farthest north end of Kiribati and most famous for its history as the place where the Spirits of the Dead people from around Kiribati are awaiting judgment day by Nakaa. For a while, the island has been a stopping point for some Marshallese ladies who flew over from Marshal Island with seeds of breadfruit trees wrapped in their pads and hid in their underwear. Seeds were sprinkled once they arrived at their landing point, Buariki, and grove of breadfruit trees can still be seen nowadays at this landing point. Being situated adjacent to Butaritari Island, Makin was also occupied by the Japanese and the Americans during WWII.


2,385 (Census 2005)

Island Council:

Contact details

Phone Number: (686) 36004/36002


Portable generator (privately owned by individuals)


No banking facilities available. Everything will be cash

(Australian dollars)


No internet connection available.


2 Primary Schools and a Junior Secondary School

How to get there:

Flight Schedule

Air Kiribati Ltd – every Wednesday and Friday

Phone number: (686) 28557/21550

Coral Sun Airways – every Tuesday and Thursday

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


For enquiry on accomodation, please go the link below

Makin Island Guest House, KPC Guest House

Please go to Makin Island Factfile for further required information

Main Industry:

Agriculture, fisheries and handicraft


Land line telephone and CB Radio

Health Services:

1 Health Center and 2 Clinics

Interesting facts:

Crystal blue water, white sandy beaches on uninhabited

Islets and Historical/Cultural shrines.