You’ll have a hard time trying to get to the Republic of Kiribati (pronounced Kiribas), not only because it might soon disappear, but also because it’s one of the most remote countries on Earth. Still, it does receive many intrepid travelers, most of whom come here for the birdlife, fishing opportunities and beaches. (There are international flights to its three main islands from Fiji and Honolulu in Hawaii.)
Made up of 33 atolls, the stunning archipelago sits bang in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, approximately 2,500 miles from Hawaii. The nation is one of the most affected by climate change in the world, with most of its islands sitting no more than six meters (for reference, one meter is equal to 3.28 feet) above sea level, and some just a couple meters.
Already, villages on some of the islands have had to move on due to flooding, damage to crop-growing land and contamination of fresh water. The government has even started putting plans in place for the eventual destruction of the islands by buying a 2,000-hectare plot of land in Fiji for crop growth and the potential relocation of Kiribati’s people.