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One of several islands comprising Tawara, Ambo has a beautiful beach and is...

One of several islands comprising Tawara, Ambo has a beautiful beach and is home to the famous Ambo Lagoon Club, with swimming, volleyball and other activities.

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Lagoon looks good, but badly polluted

Most advice is to the effect that one shouldn't go swimming in the lagoon off Ambo Island. Looking at the rubbish along the shore and the murky water I decided to respect this... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 October 2014
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Magnetic Island, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ambo, and the rest of South Tarawa has great potential. The waters that surround this atoll look inviting but are rife with polution and human bodily waste. Hook worm is common along with other nasties. The land and beaches are no better with litter, broken cars and general negelect of everything. For visitors, don't venture bear footed anywhere, don't swim... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

This is basically a residential area so facilities are minimal but there is accommodation at Utireri Motel and Dreamers Guest Lodge.and restaurants at Utireri Motel and Parliament.

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2014 via mobile

Most advice is to the effect that one shouldn't go swimming in the lagoon off Ambo Island. Looking at the rubbish along the shore and the murky water I decided to respect this advice. A better place to consider swimming is at the end of the causeway to Betio Island.

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Grosblie
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2014

Easy acces from North Tarawa. Please clean up all your garbage. Visit all the churches around the Main Street.

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3 Thank Grosblie
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2013

I just wanted to add this review as I think currently this entry on Tripadvisor implies that swimming from Ambo is a good idea. Generally speaking the level of pollution in the lagoon is such that i-matang (foreigners) should avoid swimming in it except further away from populated areas e.g. North Tarawa, or else where there is good flow through... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2012

With the Parliament building sitting on reclaimed land in Ambo, it's a prime spot to visit. Sitting out back by the water is a good way to spend some time.

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3 Thank BB__Sara
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2010

there are so many whole and broken shells on the beach it was almost impossible to find a place to lay down. The scenery is beautiful.

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