|Long Name:||Republic of Kiribati|
Time Zones Currently Being Used in Kiribati
|Offset||Time Zone Abbreviation & Name||Example City||Current Time|
|UTC +12||GILT||Gilbert Island Time||Tarawa||Tue, 8:57:56 pm|
|UTC +13||PHOT||Phoenix Island Time||Kanton Island||Tue, 9:57:56 pm|
|UTC +14||LINT||Line Islands Time||Kiritimati||Tue, 10:57:56 pm|
Three Kiribati Time Zones
The country consists of three archipelagoes in the central Pacific Ocean that extend 2900 km (1800 mi) from the Gilbert Islands with the UTC offset +12 in the west, via the Phoenix Islands with the UTC offset +13, to the Line Islands with the UTC offset +14 in the east.
Straddled the Dateline
The Republic of Kiribati was formed in 1979 when the Gilbert Islands gained independence from Great Britain. At that time, the eastern Phoenix and Line Islands were on the other side of the International Date Line, resulting in a 23-hour difference between them and the western Gilbert Islands.
Skipped a Day
In 1994, Kiribati decided to move the International Date Line, and they did it by skipping January 1, 1995 in the country's two eastern island groups. By adding 24 hours to the time zones on the Phoenix and Line Islands, they effectively made a dent in the dateline, moving it all the way to the 150° east longitude.