Butaritari Island Profile
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 February 2013 22:17
Butaritari meaning the ‘Scent of the Sea’ is known as the first island to have the Japanese and the Americans fierce involvement during the 2nd World War. It was also once a home for Robert Louis Stevenson during the nineteenth century, the first island to be sighted by first resident traders namely Randell and Durant, and was the site for some of the first international tradings. The island was discovered by Spanish explorer, Pedro Fernandez Quiros in 1606.
During the initial occupation of the Japanese in 1941, they built the seaport for their naval ships and submarines while the Americans built the airport later in December 1943 after they drove out the Japanese. These two facilities are still being used today.
Butaritari is also known to have an abundance of rain received each year. It is one of the lush and tropical islands therefore vegetation is widely grown on it.
The traditional skills of calling whales (Te Binekua) was also derived from this island and now left with only few numbers of people who can practice this knowledge.
3,280 (Census 2005)
Phone Number: (686) 35003
Portable generator (privately owned by some
No banking facilities available. Everything will be cash
No internet connection available.
7 Primary Schools and a
How to get there:
Air Kiribati Ltd – every Wed, Fri, Sun
Phone number: (686) 28557/21550
Coral Sun Airways – every Tuesday and Sunday
Phone number: (686) 29539/29517
Kiribati Shipping Services Limited
Phone number: (686) 50333,
Phone number: (686) 26839
For accommodation enquiry, please follow the link below:
Link to Butaritari Fact File
Agriculture, fisheries and handicraft
Land line telephone and CB Radio
1 Health Center and 7 Clinics
islets, WWII Relics and Historical/Cultural shrines.