The Marakei Island is one of the most beautiful islands of the world. A part of the Northern Kiribati Group of Island the Marakei Island covers a total area of 13.5 Square Kilometers. Most of the people believe that the crew members of the Hernando de Grijalva's vessel including San Juan were the people who discovered Marakei and Abaiang,which is another Island in the Kiribati Group of Islands. A very small atoll in the North Gilbert Islands,the Marakei Island has a central Lagoon that consist of numerous deep basins and are also surrounded by two large islands and both of them are separated by two narrow channels. These two narrow channels are usually inaccessible by at low tides are called Baretoa Pass and Reweta Pass.
The Marakei atoll Island due to its special natural features makes an attractive tourist location and the visitors are bound to be impressed by the blue waters. The seclusion of the atoll of Marakei Island makes it a paradise for honeymooning couples. With nature at its best the atoll Island of Marakei, like most of the islands on the Pacific Ocean, has a relatively small population and a distinct culture which forms there identity.
The distinct history and culture of the atoll island of Marakei is reflected in the way of life and art of the people. The sea and the reefs have a prominent effect on the natives of the area. Their livelihood, economy and general customs all reflect the effect of their geography. This makes the atoll Island of Marakei an even more interesting place.