If through tickets are too expensive, get to Fiji anyway you can and go from there. On the other hand, if you've got thousands to spend and extra time, see how a Round the world fare on Oneworld or Star Alliance compares with the fare to Tarawa, and include this on your itinerary.
Air Pacific (http://www.airpacific.com) has two weekly non-stop flights 3 hrs from Nadi, Fiji with connections from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, and the United States including Honolulu with codeshares on American Airlines, and possibly other ONEWORLD members. If using another airline to get to Fiji, be certain it lands in Nadi and not Suva unless you're staying a while and can get to other side of the island.
Our Airline and Air Kiribati Services (http://www.ourairline.com.au/) formerly Air Nauru connect Tarawa in Kiribati with Nauru, Honiara and Nadi. This service provides an improved access to Tarawa and other Pacific Nations. Our Airline just restarted March 5th 2012 weekly flights to Tarawa from Nadi. Air Pacific has now reduced fares, when in the absence of competition in 2011 it went up to almost USD$1600 one way.
Air Pacific commences flights into Kiritimati Island Christmas on the 25th of May 2010. These weekly flights will connect Kiritimati with both Nadi Fiji and Honolulul USA. Connects can be easily made with flights fron New Zealand, Australia, and Europe with Air Pacific.
Air Marshall Islands does scheduled flights every 2 weeks Majuro to Tarawa CW117 returning the same day. The next scheduled flight is Monday 19th of March 2012 at 5am, and return CW118 departs Tarawa at 10am
Current price is USD$330 if ticket bought in Marshall Islands.They cannot issue a one way ticket unless you can provide proof of an onward ticket or Kiribati/RMI residence/work permit.
Air Marshall Islands email firstname.lastname@example.org Phone number is +692 625-3733, calling is suggested as emails often go unreplied.
Nationals and citizens of the following countries are exempted from obtaining a visa before entering Kiribati where the intended duration of their stay is 30 days or less: Belize, Federated States of Micronesia, Macao only in respect of holders of Macao Special Adminisirative Region Passports, Marshall Islands, Palau, Republic of China Taiwan, Republic of South Korea.
Nationals and citizens of the following countries specified are exempted from obtaining a visa before entering Kiribati:
Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cook Islands, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Grenada, Greece, Hong Kong only in respect of holders of British Nationals Overseas passports and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passports, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Lesotho, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta,Mauritius, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niue, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saint Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Bahamas, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Tuvalu, United Kingdom, United Kingdom Overseas Territories of Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Montserrat and Turks and Caicos Islands, United States of America, Vanuatu, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
There are honorary consulates in Rose Bay near Sydney, NSW, Australia; Honolulu, Hawaii; Suva, Fiji; Hamburg, Germany; Tokyo, Japan; Seoul, Korea; Auckland, New Zealand; and London, United Kingdom. Also, visas may be obtained by writing the Principal Immigration Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, P.O. Box 68, Bairiki, Tarawa, KIRIBATI Central Pacific. Caution: Do not apply directly to Tarawa within a couple months or so of your departure date, or when you need your passport elsewhere. Usually, it's best to inquire at the nearest consulate abroad. There's no requirement that you be a resident of the same country that the consulate is located in.