ko butimaeaki nako Kiribati


Our NEW Kiribati Encounter takes travellers on an intimate journey to visit three of this remote Pacific nation’s 32 atolls.

Throughout your journey, you will visit Palms Australia’s local partners and see the work they are doing in their communities. You will have the opportunity to learn about the role Australians can play in reducing global poverty by supporting local initiatives.

$3,500 per person | What’s included?*

  • Expert guide
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • All domestic travel

At the end of each day, guided activities will help you gain a deeper understanding of the new sights, smells, sounds, tastes, textures and experiences you’ll encounter, and perhaps challenge some of your own ideas.

Your itinerary is subject to change depending on transport, weather and the needs of our host organisations.


South Tarawa

South Tarawa is the capital and economic hub of the Republic of Kiribati, the location of the main port and airport and home to approximately half of Kiribati’s population.

While in South Tarawa visit the Catholic Education Office and Diocesan Office to learn about the history and potential of international development in Kiribati. There will be an opportunity to meet with local organisations working to combat the effects of climate change in Kiribati.

Parliament House, Tarawa


Travel to Abaiang Island. Meet with Sr MariaTeretia who is the Principal of St Joseph’s Secondary School and with Palms’ participant Patsy-Anne Wootton who is currently engaged there as an English teacher mentor. Patsy will give a briefing on the project and introduce the tour group to other staff and students at the school.

Traditional iKiribati house.


Travel by boat to Taborio where you will meet with Sr Maata, the Principal of Immaculate Heart College. Palms sent Bridget Kennelly (2019), to work as an English mentor at the college, and Philip Drew (2020) who is teaching and mentoring staff in Science & Maths. Here you will experience the challenges of providing high-quality education and healthcare to the island communities.

Students from Immaculate Heart College playing ping pong with repurposed items.

* Bookings made by credit card incur a 1.5% fee to cover transaction charges. Paying by Direct deposit means less fees taken by banks and third parties. Please call Palms on 02 9560 5333 for details of our bank account.

Travellers will be required to complete the following at their own expense:

  • International flights and travel insurance
  • Medical approval for travel to Kiribati, including to remote areas
  • Police Check
  • Working with Children Check

Our Kiribati tour begins and ends in South Tarawa. Return flights to Bonriki International airport are not included in the price of your tour. We will let you know where to meet up with fellow travellers and your guide.

Read our complete Terms and Conditions for more information and get in touch with Palms if you have any questions.