a VirtualTourist member from Toronto
Are there any really traditional atolls in Krirbati, ones without electricity ? If not, can anyone suggest what their favourite Kiribati atoll is (other than Tarawa) ?
Fanning island didn't have too much electricity. In fact the only place I remembered having electricity was the first aid booth, or whatever it was. I thought the island was really beautiful.
I have only tried two of the outher islands in the Gilbert's, Butaritari and Aibaiang. In Butaritari there was a communal diesel driven generator and some private ones, but no steady power supply. As to Abaiang, I cannot remember any light except moonlight :-). But there was a big screen TV in the community house where people watched recorded news on TV-CDs, so there must have been a generator. Biketawa on north Tarawa was totally without light, but had a solar cell to support the electrical water pump for the showers at the camp site. The only place in Kiribati, of the places I visited, totally without electricity, was a moto in the Butaritari atoll.
I stayed with a family in Butaritari, which was an absolutely amazing experience. Sorry to say, they have a couple of hours of generator electricity at night!