Tungaru Central Hospital phone +686 740 28100

The national referral Hospital, Tungaru Central Hospital (TCH), was built between 1991 and 1992 is located on Tarawa Island (part of the Gilbert Islands). It receives referrals from the sub-divisional hospitals and health centres. TCH is a 120 bed hospital built with Japanese funding.
Services offered: Emergency care, General Medical, Surgical, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics and mental health service supported by laboratory, medical imaging, pharmacy, and physiotherapy services.
There are a number of private rooms and the hospital provides meals for in-patients, their main carer, and for discharged patients awaiting transport to the outer islands.


The best contact is Dr Kaaro Neeti is the secretary of Tungaru Central Hospital (TCH) – Kiribati phone: 686 740 28100.  Email: or

Dr Kabiri Tun is the head surgeon.  His email is


Eniita Airport Lodge is the closest accommodation to TCH, being only 3 minutes walk. Single rooms cost AUD $70 a night. The manager Ms Tamana Itaaka is very helpful, and can be contacted on phone 0011 686 730 16283 or email

Eniita Airport Lodge has its own bar and restaurant.

eniita airport lodge

Getting there

Fiji Airways does return flights to Bonriki International Airport (Kiribati) via Melbourne (12hr stopeover) and Fiji (1:15hr stop over in Nadi) for $2,200 departing on a Sunday. Bonriki international airport is less than 1km from Tungaru Central hospital.