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T32EU Kiritimati Atoll

T32EU Team will be active from Kiritimati Atoll, IOTA OC - 024, Kiribati, 13 - 27 March 2024.
Team - DF4GV, DL4SVA, DK2AMM, DJ7TO, DL1KWK, DL2AWG.
Recent DX Spots T32EU
T32EU Log search They will operate on 160 - 6m, CW, SSB, RTTY and probably FT8.
QSL via DL2AWG, LOTW, ClubLog.
Equipment:
2x Elecraft K3 and Expert 1.3
1x FTDX10 and HAL 1200
160/80 verticals
DX Commander vertical for 40...10m
Spiderbeam 20...10m
J-Pole antenna for 30m.

Kiritimati Island - sights and interesting places


Kiritimati is an island near the coast of Australia. It has a relatively small area of 140 square kilometers and is washed by the waters of the Indian Ocean. The nearest known geographical point - the capital of Indonesia Jakarta - is at a distance of 500 kilometers from the island.

Dimensions of the atoll:

  • The lagoon has an area of 324 square kilometers
  • The height of the island above the ocean level is 13 meters

The largest settlement of Kiritimati is Flyin' Fish Cove or otherwise - Settlement, which translates as "Settlement".

T32EU Kiritimati Atoll, KiribatiKiritimati Atoll, Kiribati. Author - Valentina Pavlova.

Serene Island

Kiritimati has an alternative name - Christmas Island. The atoll received this name because it was discovered by J. Cook on Christmas Eve in 1777. When the crew of the traveler moored to the shores of the island, Cook arranged on its territory Christmas celebrations, which lasted for a week. The island's extreme remoteness from inhabited land made it uninhabited.

Kiritimati is nestled in the heart of the Indian Ocean. The islanders are privileged every year to be the first on Earth to celebrate New Year's Eve, thanks to this geographical phenomenon. Kiritimati is part of an island body called Line, and together they organize an island state with the same name - Kiritimati.

The largest atoll on Earth

In this section of the Indian Ocean, volcanic activity ended thirty-seven million years ago, resulting in a group of unique peaks that rose from the sea floor. Due to years of wave action, the peaks were destroyed.

However, the surface of the rock in the water was slowly covered with coral. For thousands of years, the formation of the world's largest atoll lasted - its volume exceeded the mark of 130 square kilometers. The island includes one large lagoon and hundreds of smaller bays, which are located in different parts of Kiritimati.

T32EU Kiritimati Atoll, Kiribati DX NewsKiritimati Atoll, Kiribati. Author - Calvin Smith.

The white sand beaches of Christmas Island

Kiritimati is covered with coral sand. This unique phenomenon came about due to the formation of the atoll. Palm trees and other tropical flora such as Scevola takkada, creeping berhavia, etc. grow from this sand, which has a snow-white hue.

The coral sand prevents plants from reaching large sizes. However, the monotony of Christmas Island's scenery is still striking: white sand, coconut palms and a perfectly clear blue sky.

Because of its location, the island sits in crystal clear waters that lap the deserted beaches. Tourists are not advised to enter the water without shoes - the seabed holds danger in the form of sharp coral fragments.

The island of Kiritimati has great tourist potential, however, the strong remoteness from the mainland makes it difficult to develop the atoll in this direction.

Main resorts of Christmas Island

Christmas Island is one of the premier ecotourism destinations in the Pacific island nation of Kiribati (officially known as the Republic of Kiribati). It is the largest atoll by land area in the world with one of the largest concentrations of marine birds. Not surprisingly, more than 60% of the island is a national park.

Beaches and activities

For lovers of "green" tourism, Kiritimati (the local name for Christmas Island) is a great place for diving, sea fishing and bird watching. Travelers who prefer organized excursions can choose from hiking or water trails around the island.

As an atoll, Kiritimati has a mostly rocky coastline. Nevertheless, it offers several beautiful tropical beaches - Lily Beach, Martin Point, Ethel Beach, Greta Beach, West White Beach, Winifred Beach. Lucky visitors may encounter a green turtle, one of the island's extremely scarce fauna, at night.

Natural and cultural attractions

The volcanic origin of the atoll, surrounded by small coral islets, has given it a very attractive terrain for tourists. Kiritimati is literally mottled with all kinds of grottos, caves and lagoons. Among the most popular rock formations are:

  • Daniel Rua caves, through which an underground river flows;
  • Lost Lake Cove, a stalactite cave;
  • Grotto Cave, which contains a network of canals and fresh water reservoirs.

Hugh's Falls and Blowholes Lookout will leave unforgettable impressions. Wildlife lovers will enjoy watching the unique migration of red crabs to the shore during the breeding season.

The harbor town of Flyin' Fish Cove is home to the cultural heritage of former settlers - a mosque, gun collection, and Kampong Malay village. The residence of the Island Administrator is also located here.

Kitchen

The only native mammals on Christmas Island are small rats, so all domestic animals were brought here with previous generations of settlers. Most of the food is imported to the island from Australia.

Given the location of Kiritimati, the local cuisine is a mixture of Asian and Australian traditions. The most common meat is chicken, and there are also many seafood dishes in the local cuisine.

T32EU. Where is Kiritimati Atoll located. Map.

T32EU Kiritimati Atoll. Sunrise 02-29-2024 at 16:38 GMT sunset at 04:45 GMT
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