"A local style, authentic island escape in the lush
surroundings of the beautiful Pacific Ocean"


The Pearl Shell is a privately owned resthouse in the village of Onomaru, Butaritari Island.
Opened in early 1997, it is constructed out of local materials and sits at the lagoon edge, making it a perfect idyllic island getaway.
Your welcomming hosts, Ioanna and Bakaati, are local school teachers, fluent in English, and purveyors of the best hospitality in the Pacific.
If you thought there aren't any paradises left in the Pacific, then visit the Pearl Shell and discover a secret hideaway in Kiribati.


FACILITIES: up to eight people can be accomodated in three comfortable houses, each with electricity and running water. There are two shower rooms and toilets, and a seperate dining room and kitchen where fine local foods are prepared. Three main meals are provided, as well as tea, coffee and refreshments available throughout the day.


THE ISLAND: for those in search of adventure and magic, tours can be arranged to sights such as the King's Well, the Maneaba of the Death, the Lady Stone, Tikurere islet for a night under the stars, and villages along the island. WW2 relics can also be visited. Oh, and don't forget the swimming at Uraura, a spectacular crescent shaped beach. Fishing, sailing and snorkelling can also be arranged.



Call Tematoro on phone (+686) 21185 (work) or (+686) 21597 (home) to book in Tarawa, or speak by CB radio direct - the Guesthouses's call name is "Pearlshell".

Alternatively: Contact Kiritours via email.


Text and Photos by Michael Philips
WEB by Mike Strub 21.7.2000