Adventure: Tarawa is the largest island atoll in the Northern Gilberts, and the gateway to Betio, the scene of one of the bloodiest battles in the Second World War.
Tour Detail: You'll arrive at Bonriki Airport and met by your guide "Molly", transfer to the Otintaai Hotel in Bikenibeu where you'll be allocated your room.
A.M. or P.M. Dependant upon the tide. The tour of the Betio battlefield will commence on this day and reef shoes are recommended to be worn.
Molly and your transportation will take you to Betio. Take pictures of the Vickers 8" guns brought to Tarawa from Japan. These were originally used with the Japanese/Russian war of 1905.
Visit the Japanese earthworks and bunkers which fortified the island of Betio. See the remains of Amtracks, American Sherman and Japanese tanks, shipping, Japanese & American aircraft.
You will visit the American & Japanese war memorials and the Cenotaph erected as a memorial to the coastal watchers and the Shinto shrine erected by the Japanese in memory of its war dead.
This tour will take between 4 to 5 hours, light refreshments will be available on the bus.
A.M. or P.M. Alternative Tour Molly and your transportation will take you to observe the local culture and have the opportunity to meet the lovely and hospitable I-Kiribati people in their own homes. Molly will act as your interpreter if necessary, please ask questions. This tour will take approximately 2 hours.
Molly and your transport will be available to take you to the various handicraft shops which are run by the AMAK and Catholic ladies workshops.
Bar-b-cue provided by the hotel with an I-Kiribati dancing group to entertain you with traditional dancing. A minimum of 10 persons. N.B. Cost for dancing groups is separate and around $100 - $150 payment for which is met separately by the tour group.
Link to the declaration of the Commander of Japanese Squadron