Timezones in Kiribati

There are 3 different timezones in Kiribati. Countries with a large distance from west to east are often devided into two or more timezones to adjust daytimes to the position of the sun. Timezones are always computed relative to UTC, the "Universal Time Coordinated".

In Kiribati, there is a time difference of up to two hours between the east and the west. Kiribati has no time difference between summer and winter. A daylight saving time doesn't exist.

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Current time in Tarawa:
June 2023

Timezones by region

RegionUTCStandard timeDaylight saving time
Kanton+13Phoenix Island Time (PHOT)none
Kiritimati+14Line Islands Time (LINT)none
Tarawa+12Gilbert Island Time (GILT)none


No daylight saving time in Kiribati

Due to the sun's orbit around the equator, the days are longer in summer (June to September in the northern hemisphere). Countries that switch to daylight saving time in the summer months align the daylight phase with the human rhythm. Unused bright morning hours are thus shifted into the evening (more information on daylight saving time here).

Due to its proximity to the equator, the impact in Kiribati would not be particularly large. Tarawa is located just 150 km from the equator. A day in midsummer would then not last from 06:22 to 18:37, but from 07:22 to 19:37. The effect would be quite noticeable in the evening, but the sun rising later in the morning falls at a time when many people are already awake. Thus, daylight saving time was never introduced in Kiribati.
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