|Kiribati (pronounced Kiri-bass) is an island group in Micronesia straddling the equator. It consists of 33 islands, all but one coral atolls and reefs, whose combined land area of 811 km2 is distributed over 3.5 million km2 of ocean. The climate is tropical and markedly humid. Kiribati has some beautiful beach scenery and affords excellent opportunities for sailing and bird-watching – but less so for diving, because of an emphasis on environmental protection. The Phoenix Island Marine Protected Area is the world’s largest reserve of its kind. Had the International Date Line not been moved to accommodate Kiribati, the country would sit astride it.