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#4 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Tarawa Atoll
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Abatao North Tarawa Republic of Kiribati
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cteague1 wrote a review Oct 2019
Eastbourne, United Kingdom1,078 contributions95 helpful votes
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We stayed just one night in one of the over water bures. The long walkway had broken slats and raised nails. Luckily, they carried our suitcases for us. A single striplight (No 2 was removed) stopped bumping into anything during the night. When the tide is out, the smell of the sand is not pleasant. Mattress was rock hard and my back was sore next day. Food was pretty basic and rotten. Beautiful setting, but surrounded by squalid shanty town with penned in pigs and all many of debris strewn everywhere, a busy boatyard and an interesting clam farm whose owner was quick to charge 10 AUD a head to see for 15 minutes even though he had to rush off to a meeting and could not guide us. Litter and debris strewn everywhere in the immediate area where you get the small boat over to the other side. This was an interesting experience and the photos look amazing, but it is far from comfortable. The toilet and shower blocks are some way from the accommodation. Take your own soap and towels if possible. We did walk over to the other side to swim but were warned to stay close to the lodge due to the wild dogs there. The water stays shallow even at high tide and there is nothing to see. The waves at the hear me of the inlet look very rough and would make any search for coral inadvisable.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Esther P wrote a review Jul 2019
Chicago, Illinois1,254 contributions662 helpful votes
This can be an excellent get-away-from -it-all experience, but you must time it right. It can be a very crowded and busy place on the weekend, especially on Sundays. If you are looking for a tranquil, quiet and restful experience, plan to visit during the week. This is probably the cheapest place in the world to have an over-the-water bungalow. The property has three. All the buias have a raised floor, a roof and a mattress with mosquito netting and should be furnished with two chairs and a coffee table. Facilities are shared. Aa stay at the Ecolodge is best for those who: can deal with no privacy (the buias are open) do not mind unstable power or intermittent wi-fi can deal with rubbish strewn about and remnants from meals not cleared away are not concerned with personal cleanliness as water in the showers and some taps is almost non-existent I had a buia on land, close to the showers and was happy with the location. There was only one chair and not the two chairs and coffee table, as listed on their website. The property did not look very “eco” as the property was littered with trash and there were no trash bins in the buias or toilet area. I had a problem with personal safety and security as there were large groups as well as families visiting on the day I arrived (a Sunday). The curious were looking into our open buias, which had luggage containing everything we were traveling with. I did not feel safe and left after one night, though I was booked for two. Let me say that the staff are very sweet and kind.
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Gyan Fernando wrote a review Nov 2018
Exeter, United Kingdom6,601 contributions363 helpful votes
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Deliberately, or more likely because of logistics, this is a rather basic place consisting of native style cadjan huts. They are open but the whole place is safe.This is typical island living. There is no air conditioning but the sea breeze cools you. Your bed is on a raised dais and is complete with a mosquito net. The bed was comfortable as were the two pillows. There are two communal toilets and two showers for everyone and can be a little bit awkward but you get over this soon. You can wash your clothes yourself. They provide you with large stainless steel basins! Toka and her ladies will look after you with good food and alcoholic drinks. The service can be slow because of the small kitchen and the "feeding frenzy" of tourists when included meals are announced! The small island is charming and can be explored in an hour or so on foot at a very leisurely rate. You will see real island life! A member of the extended family will take you around. There are no motor vehicles and the roads are unpaved but this is only a 2Km long island. To get to the resort you need to go in outrigger canoes at high tide or walk across the lagoon at low tide and as such reef shoes are a must. Trundle luggage can be totally useless. Backpacks are the ideal but the staff will carry your big bags on their shoulders if needed. Rustic but nice!
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Date of stay: October 2018
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LDB65 wrote a review Oct 2018
London, United Kingdom305 contributions211 helpful votes
2 nights here, not in the over the lagoon bungalows but on land. Not a bungalow but really a bed raised on a dias with a roof in local style and partially enclosed sides. Mine had very little personal space or anywhere to put anything and the light and electricity socket had not been installed. Nice setting and sunsets, very good food, friendly staff. But too hot to sleep well, insecty and a resident rat appeared at mealtimes. It lacks comfortable communal or personal space (unless you have a water bungalow) to sit and read or chat, there is no privacy in the land accomodation, only 2 toilets and 2 showers (one intermittently out of action) for, in our case, 11 guests and staff and not enough to do. It was very hot and getting enough fluid (water or hot drinks) was a mission. It could do with eg more comfortable seating, hammocks, a bit of watersports equipment such as canoes, snorkelling kit etc and a water/coffee and tea station. The nearby clam farm is fascinating.
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Date of stay: October 2018Trip type: Traveled with friends
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abouttimetoo wrote a review Sep 2018
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Absolutely fantastic couple of days, couldn't have asked for anything better. Location is so peaceful but with plenty of interest on the lagoon to keep an eye on. Stayed in an over-water buia, simple but comfortable: mattress on the floor with a mosquito net over, table and upright chair plus a relaxing one too, light and power outlet. Staff were friendly and helpful.
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Date of stay: July 2018
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Republic of KiribatiGilbert IslandsTarawa Atoll
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