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'''Nauru'''[http://www.discovernauru.com] is a small island in the [[Oceania|South Pacific Ocean]], south of the [[Marshall Islands]] and is the world's smallest independent republic.  Although other island states may be smaller and/or less populous, they are all dependent territories of other countries.
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[http://www.discovernauru.com '''Nauru'''] is a small island in the [[Oceania|South Pacific Ocean]], south of the [[Marshall Islands]] and is the world's smallest independent republic.
  
 
==Understand==
 
==Understand==
Mining of Nauru's phosphate deposits, which occupied about 90% of the island, began in the early 20th century under a German-British consortium. During World War I, the island was occupied by Australian forces and became a dependent territory. Nauru achieved independence in 1968. In the 1980s, phosphate exports briefly gave Nauruans one of the highest per capita incomes in the Third World. As of 2008, most of Nauru's revenue comes from the export of phosphate to Australia, South Korea and New Zealand as well as other countries. The industry is controlled by the Nauru Phosphate Corporation (NPC). It is anticipated that the phosphate reserves will be completely exhausted before 2050. The sale of fishing licences is the other major revenue raiser. Countries such as Australia and Taiwan provide substantial development cooperation funding. Despite this, the unemployment rate currently stands at 90%.
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Although other island states may be smaller in area and/or less populous, they are all dependent territories of other countries, so Nauru keeps the title of the world's smallest independent republic.
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First inhabited by Micronesians and Polynesians, Nauru was annexed by Germany in 1888. In 1900, Nauru's phosphate deposits, which occupied about 90% of the island at the time, were discovered and began to be mined under a German-British consortium. During World War I, the island was occupied by Australian forces. After the war, the island became a League of Nations joint mandate (later a United Nations trusteeship after the Japanese occupation for three years during World War II) under Australia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.  
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Nauru achieved independence in 1968. In the years following independence, phosphate exports briefly gave Nauruans the highest per capita income in the world. The primary phosphate reserves were soon exhausted, crashing the local economy in the process, but in 2006–07 mining of a deeper layer of "secondary phosphate" began. As of 2016, most of Nauru's revenue came from the export of phosphate. The industry is controlled by the Nauru Phosphate Corporation (NPC). It is anticipated that the phosphate reserves will be completely exhausted before 2050. The sale of fishing licences is the other major revenue raiser. Countries such as Australia and Taiwan provide substantial development cooperation funding. Despite this, the unemployment rate currently stands at 90%, which is the highest in the world. That is not the only problem on the island, as over 95% of the population is obese and over 40% suffer from diabetes.
 
    
 
    
In 2001 the container ship ''Tampa'' rescued several hundred asylum seekers from a sinking Indonesian vessel and attempted to deliver them to Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean, which is an Australian Federal Territory. In what was labelled ''The Pacific Solution'', the Australian Government established an Off Shore Processing Centre (OPC) on Nauru where these people were housed, pending assessment of their claims to be refugees. The OPC was closed in early 2008.
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In 2001 the Norwegian container ship ''Tampa'' rescued several hundred asylum seekers from a sinking Indonesian vessel and attempted to deliver them to Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean, which is an Australian Federal Territory. In what was labelled ''The Pacific Solution'', the Australian Government established a controversial Off Shore Processing Centre (OPC) on Nauru where these people were housed, pending assessment of their claims to be refugees. The OPC was closed in early 2008, and re-opened in 2012. The OPC still remains very controversial owing to its extremely negative human rights record. As of 2016, there are approximately 470 people - chiefly of Middle Eastern origin - held in the OPC.  
  
 
===Climate===
 
===Climate===
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===Terrain===
 
===Terrain===
  
The are a few "sandy" beaches but most of the shallow area around the island is coral reefs. Most of the interior of the island is worked-out mining land, which is to be rehabilitated.
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There are a few "sandy" beaches but most of the shallow area around the island is coral reefs. Most of the interior of the island is worked-out mining land, which is to be rehabilitated.
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There is a lagoon on the island, the only body of water there.
 
There is a lagoon on the island, the only body of water there.
  
 
==Get in==  
 
==Get in==  
 
 
[[Image:Nauru map.png|thumb|right|500px|Map of Nauru]]
 
[[Image:Nauru map.png|thumb|right|500px|Map of Nauru]]
  
All foreign visitors require a valid passport, a 30 day tourist visa and proof of hotel booking or local sponsor in order to enter Nauru. Your visa must be obtained from your local Nauruan embassy before departure. There have been rumours on the Internet that you can get in for up to three days without getting a visa, but that is not accurate.  
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All foreign visitors require a valid passport valid for at least 3 months, a 30 day tourist visa and proof of hotel booking or local sponsor in order to enter Nauru.  
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Nationals of [[Cook Islands]], [[Fiji]], [[Israel]], [[Kiribati]], [[Marshall Islands]], [[Micronesia]], [[Niue]], [[Palau]], [[Papua New Guinea]], [[Russia]], [[Samoa]], [[Solomon Islands]]. [[Taiwan]], [[Tonga]], [[Tuvalu]] and [[Vanuatu]] may obtain a free visa on arrival.
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All other nationals must obtain a visa from their local Nauruan embassy before departure. There have been rumours on the Internet that you can get in for up to three days without getting a visa, but that is not accurate.  
  
 
===By plane===  
 
===By plane===  
As of January 2010, Nauru's national carrier Our Airline flies once weekly to Nauru International Airport from Brisbane Airport in Australia with a stopover at Honiara International Airport on the Solomon Islands. Schedules change throughout the year; further details are available from the Our Airline website. [http://booking.ourairline.com.au/TTIDotNet/Transport/TransportNetFO/OurAirline/transport_fiche_contact.aspx?view=UsrDispoCalendrier&taskId=71eb5622-d117-43c9-a4bf-c4896633db58&ViewName=GuideHoraire&GRAPHNAME=CreationDossier]
 
  
==Get around==
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Nauru's national carrier [http://nauruairlines.com.au/ Nauru Airlines] flies to Nauru International Airport from [[Brisbane]] ([[Australia]]), [[Tarawa]] ([[Kiribati]]), [[Kosrae]] ([[Federated States of Micronesia|Micronesia]]), [[Majuro]] ([[Marshall Islands]]), [[Nadi]] ([[Fiji]]) and [[Pohnpei]] (Micronesia). Schedules change throughout the year; further details are available from the website.
There is no public transport on Nauru.  
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==Get around==
 
Nauru is so small that it takes less than one hour to drive right around it. The airport runway cuts across three of the twenty kilometres of road. The only traffic lights on the island are used to stop the traffic and allow the plane to cross the road to the terminal! This is a favourite souvenir snapshot taken by visitors.  
 
Nauru is so small that it takes less than one hour to drive right around it. The airport runway cuts across three of the twenty kilometres of road. The only traffic lights on the island are used to stop the traffic and allow the plane to cross the road to the terminal! This is a favourite souvenir snapshot taken by visitors.  
  
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==Talk==  
 
==Talk==  
The official language is Nauruan, a distinct Pacific Island language.  English is widely understood, spoken, and used for most government and commercial purposes.
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The first official language is '''Nauruan''', a distinct Pacific Island language.  Some locals speak Tuvaluan or Gilbertese which are quite common around the island since these two ethnic groups have historically worked in the Nauru mining industry.
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'''English''' - the second official language - is widely understood, spoken, and used for most government and commercial purposes.
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
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==Do==
 
==Do==
* '''Walk''' round the islands interior. Do the circuit - A sealed road goes all the way around the island so you can drive, ride or walk around an entire country! A drive takes about 25 minutes non-stop. I guess a pushbike ride would take 2-3 hours and a walk maybe 6 hours. There is lots of nice scenery if not much to do and, going from either hotel, Chappelle & Partner department store right at the top of the island in Ewa district makes for a welcome break at halfway around.
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* '''Walk''' round the islands interior. Do the circuit - A sealed road goes all the way around the island so you can drive, ride or walk around an entire country! A drive takes about 25 minutes non-stop. A bicycle ride would take 2-3 hours and a walk maybe 6 hours. There is lots of nice scenery if not much to do and, going from either hotel, Chappelle & Partner department store right at the top of the island in Ewa district makes for a welcome break at halfway around.
*'''Explore''' World war relics In Yaren. Spot the remains of Japanese guns, bunkers and pillboxes left over from WWII.
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*'''Explore''' World war relics In Yaren. Spot the remains of Japanese guns, bunkers and pillboxes left over from WW2.
 
*'''Climb''' Command Ridge, Nauru's highest point.
 
*'''Climb''' Command Ridge, Nauru's highest point.
 
*'''Watch''' the local teams battle it out at an Australian rules football match. The national game is played all through Saturday at the Linkbelt Oval sports field.
 
*'''Watch''' the local teams battle it out at an Australian rules football match. The national game is played all through Saturday at the Linkbelt Oval sports field.
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==Buy==
 
==Buy==
Nauru uses the Australian dollar as its national currency. Cash transactions are the norm; credit cards are rarely accepted. There are no banks or ATMs in Nauru.
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Nauru uses the '''Australian dollar ($)''' as its national currency. Cash transactions are the norm; credit cards are rarely accepted. There is only one ATM on the island which is situated at the Menen Hotel reception area.
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
Food is imported from Australia and arrives by ship, usually once every six to eight weeks. There are lots of small "eating places", selling Chinese food.  There is also a fast food kiosk at Capelle's supermarket.
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Food is imported from Australia and arrives by ship and plane, usually every week as the vessels have been in operation regularly. There are lots of small "eating places", selling Chinese food.  There is a fast food kiosk at Capelle's supermarket served by the locals and at Milton Ross supermarket served by Filipinos.  There is also another fast food take away at McDon's, serving Filipino dishes.
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Nauru has a serious obesity problem, as will become apparent as soon as you arrive. The decision to mine the phosphates led to almost complete loss of agricultural land, with the  result that almost everything is imported. Such imported foods are usually processed and high in sugar and fat. Several studies have cited the country as the fattest in the world.
  
 
Dining in Nauru is a great experience. During your Nauru tours, enjoy all kinds of delicious and healthy dishes. Since, Nauru is an island nation, seafood is very popular in its restaurants. Most of the restaurants of Nauru offer delicious seafood dishes.  
 
Dining in Nauru is a great experience. During your Nauru tours, enjoy all kinds of delicious and healthy dishes. Since, Nauru is an island nation, seafood is very popular in its restaurants. Most of the restaurants of Nauru offer delicious seafood dishes.  
  
If you go to the restaurants in Nauru, you will be offered authentic dishes that are loved by all. The cuisine of Nauru is highly influenced by the cuisines of countries such as Germany, Australia, China and Britain. You can savor all kinds of mouthwatering dishes in the various restaurants and bars in Nauru.
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If you go to the restaurants in Nauru, you will be offered authentic dishes that are loved by all. The cuisine of Nauru is highly influenced by the cuisines of countries such as Germany, Australia, China and Britain. You can savour all kinds of mouthwatering dishes in the various restaurants and bars in Nauru.
  
Reynaldo's is a popular name in the list of restaurants and bars in Nauru. It is a local restaurant that offers authentic Chinese cuisines. There are many other restaurants and bars in Nauru. Nauru cuisine is very light because of the high temperature. Therefore, you will get to savor simple food items in the eateries of this country. The aroma and flavor of the delicacies of Nauru are unique to this country.
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Local owned restaurants 'Jules' and 'Bay Restaurant' are popular names in the list of restaurants and bars in Nauru. Jules serves seafood delicacies from mussels, oysters and whatever you love from the ocean. 'Bay Restaurant' serves Asian delicacies and variety of pizza. Both places have various drinks to serve. There are many other restaurants in Nauru that are Chinese owned.  There are many food stalls on certain roadsides on the island where local sell barbecue serves of variety dishes.  If you crave for barbecue, keep an eye out for the 'BBQ signs' by the roadsides. Nauru cuisine is very light because of the high temperature. Another popular area to eat is at the 'Eigigu takeaway' which serves local food.  It situated close to the Nauru Post office.  Therefore, you will get to savour simple food items in the eateries of this country. The aroma and flavour of the delicacies of Nauru are unique to this country.
  
The dishes offered in the restaurants and bars in Nauru are a treat to the taste buds.   Meat is one of their main foods. Cooked and smoked hams are also very popular.
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The dishes offered in Nauru are a treat to the taste buds. Sushimi, Coconut fish and Meat are one of their main foods. Cooked and smoked hams are also very popular.
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
The Reef Bar at the Menen Hotel is the only public bar in Nauru. It is situated at a walking distance of 30 minutes from the Od-N-Aiwo, the only other hotel on the island. It serves Australian beers and international spirits. The barroom has a couple of pool tables, satellite TV and recorded music.  It's lively at the weekends, as Nauruans are paid on Fridays, and quiet on weeknights. New faces will be enthusiastically welcomed by the locals and the expats will usually have a chat, too. No flip flops/thongs (enclosed sandals are OK) and men must wear a collar.
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The Reef Bar at the Menen hotel used to be the only bar in Nauru. It is situated at a walking distance of 30 minutes from the Od-N-Aiwo, the only other hotel on the island. It serves Australian beers, Chinese beer 'Tsingtao' and international spirits. The bar-room has a couple of pool tables, satellite TV and recorded music.  It's lively at the weekends as there is local 'Live Bands' playing.  There is also a huge flat screen allocated outside at the patio where there is a sea view at the background and guests and local friends sit and watch football game match live every weekends as part of their social outing.
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There is a new bar on the island 'Jules' situated in Denig district that is privately owned which had recently opened in the late 2012. New faces will be enthusiastically welcomed by the locals and the expats will usually have a chat, too. No flip flops/thongs/shorts (enclosed sandals are OK).  The usual clothes wear for men is collar T-shirts or floral island shirts and skirts/dresses for women.  Standard clothing is highly recommended.
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
 
There are two hotels, the more expensive Menen on the east of the island and the budget Od'n Aiwo to the west.
 
There are two hotels, the more expensive Menen on the east of the island and the budget Od'n Aiwo to the west.
*<sleep name="Od'n Aiwo Hotel" alt="" address="PO Box 299, Aiwo District, Republic of Nauru" directions="On the coastal belt road, to the west side of the island, directly opposite the road inland to Buada" phone="(+674) 444 3701" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="US$40-80" lat="" long="">The less expensive of the two hotels on Nauru.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Od'n Aiwo Hotel" alt="" address="PO Box 299, Aiwo District, Republic of Nauru" directions="On the coastal belt road, to the west side of the island, directly opposite the road inland to Buada" phone="(+674) 444 3701" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="USD40-80" lat="" long="">The less expensive of the two hotels on Nauru.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Menen Hotel" alt="" address="PO Box 298, Anibare District, Republic of Nauru" directions="On the coastal belt road, to the east side of the island and south of Anibare Bay." phone="(+674) 444 3300" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="US$80" lat="" long="">The Menen is Nauru's largest hotel, boasting 119 rooms and conference facilities for up to 200. It possesses two restaurants and the island's only bar.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Menen Hotel" alt="" address="PO Box 298, Anibare District, Republic of Nauru" directions="On the coastal belt road, to the east side of the island and south of Anibare Bay." phone="+674 444 3300" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="USD80" lat="" long="">The Menen is Nauru's largest hotel, boasting 119 rooms and conference facilities for up to 200. It possesses two restaurants and one the island's two bars.</sleep>
  
 
==Stay safe==
 
==Stay safe==
 
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Like many other Pacific Islands, Nauru is surrounded by a shallow reef with cut-outs through the reef providing access for boats and harbours, and there can be strong currents across the shallow water, moving boats in the harbours, and dangerous marine animals on the reef floor. Ask for advice before venturing into the water.
Like many other Pacific Islands, Nauru is surrounded by a shallow reef with cut-outs through the reef providing access for boats and harbours, and there can be strong currents across the shallow water, moving boats in the harbours, and dangerous marine animals on the reef floor. Ask for advice before venturing into the water.
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The trafficking of drugs and narcotics of any kind will be punished severely.  
 
The trafficking of drugs and narcotics of any kind will be punished severely.  
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==Stay healthy==
 
==Stay healthy==
Water supply in Nauru is dependent on rainwater collected into tanks from the roofs of houses and from an aging reverse osmosis desalination plant.
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Water supply in Nauru is dependent on rainwater collected into tanks from the roofs of houses and from an ageing reverse osmosis desalination plant.
  
* Emergency: 118 or 117
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* Emergency: 112 or 110
* Nauru General Hospital: 674- 555-4302
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* Nauru General Hospital: +674 555-4302
  
 
==Respect==
 
==Respect==
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==Contact==
 
==Contact==
 
<!--Section is for how to stay connected from the country-- Internet availability, etc. -->
 
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* Cenpac Net is the internet service provider (ISP).
  
  
* Cenpac Net - Internet provider
 
  
 
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{{IsPartOf|Micronesia}}
 
{{IsPartOf|Micronesia}}
 
{{Countryguide}}
 
{{Countryguide}}
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
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Nauru
Location
Nauru in its region.svg
Flag
Flag of Nauru.svg
Quick Facts
Capital government offices in Yaren District
Government republic
Currency Australian dollar (AUD)
Area 21km²
Population 13,770 (July 2008 estimate)
Language Nauruan (official, a distinct Pacific Island language), English widely understood, spoken, and used for most government and commercial purposes
Religion Christian (two-thirds Protestant, one-third Roman Catholic)
Electricity 240V, 50Hz (Australian plug)
Country code +674
Internet TLD .nr
Time Zone UTC +12h

Nauru is a small island in the South Pacific Ocean, south of the Marshall Islands and is the world's smallest independent republic.

Understand[edit]

Although other island states may be smaller in area and/or less populous, they are all dependent territories of other countries, so Nauru keeps the title of the world's smallest independent republic.

First inhabited by Micronesians and Polynesians, Nauru was annexed by Germany in 1888. In 1900, Nauru's phosphate deposits, which occupied about 90% of the island at the time, were discovered and began to be mined under a German-British consortium. During World War I, the island was occupied by Australian forces. After the war, the island became a League of Nations joint mandate (later a United Nations trusteeship after the Japanese occupation for three years during World War II) under Australia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

Nauru achieved independence in 1968. In the years following independence, phosphate exports briefly gave Nauruans the highest per capita income in the world. The primary phosphate reserves were soon exhausted, crashing the local economy in the process, but in 2006–07 mining of a deeper layer of "secondary phosphate" began. As of 2016, most of Nauru's revenue came from the export of phosphate. The industry is controlled by the Nauru Phosphate Corporation (NPC). It is anticipated that the phosphate reserves will be completely exhausted before 2050. The sale of fishing licences is the other major revenue raiser. Countries such as Australia and Taiwan provide substantial development cooperation funding. Despite this, the unemployment rate currently stands at 90%, which is the highest in the world. That is not the only problem on the island, as over 95% of the population is obese and over 40% suffer from diabetes.

In 2001 the Norwegian container ship Tampa rescued several hundred asylum seekers from a sinking Indonesian vessel and attempted to deliver them to Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean, which is an Australian Federal Territory. In what was labelled The Pacific Solution, the Australian Government established a controversial Off Shore Processing Centre (OPC) on Nauru where these people were housed, pending assessment of their claims to be refugees. The OPC was closed in early 2008, and re-opened in 2012. The OPC still remains very controversial owing to its extremely negative human rights record. As of 2016, there are approximately 470 people - chiefly of Middle Eastern origin - held in the OPC.

Climate[edit]

The climate is tropical, with some rain occurring between November and February.

Terrain[edit]

There are a few "sandy" beaches but most of the shallow area around the island is coral reefs. Most of the interior of the island is worked-out mining land, which is to be rehabilitated.

There is a lagoon on the island, the only body of water there.

Get in[edit]

Map of Nauru

All foreign visitors require a valid passport valid for at least 3 months, a 30 day tourist visa and proof of hotel booking or local sponsor in order to enter Nauru.

Nationals of Cook Islands, Fiji, Israel, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Samoa, Solomon Islands. Taiwan, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu may obtain a free visa on arrival.

All other nationals must obtain a visa from their local Nauruan embassy before departure. There have been rumours on the Internet that you can get in for up to three days without getting a visa, but that is not accurate.

By plane[edit]

Nauru's national carrier Nauru Airlines flies to Nauru International Airport from Brisbane (Australia), Tarawa (Kiribati), Kosrae (Micronesia), Majuro (Marshall Islands), Nadi (Fiji) and Pohnpei (Micronesia). Schedules change throughout the year; further details are available from the website.

Get around[edit]

Nauru is so small that it takes less than one hour to drive right around it. The airport runway cuts across three of the twenty kilometres of road. The only traffic lights on the island are used to stop the traffic and allow the plane to cross the road to the terminal! This is a favourite souvenir snapshot taken by visitors.

Traffic drives on the left. The 19km Island Ring Road circles the island. Drivers should be on increased lookout for animals and pedestrians while driving on the beltway. There is a community bus which travels around the island every hour or so during the day. Cars or bicycles can sometimes be rented from Capelle and Partners, the largest local supermarket.

Talk[edit]

The first official language is Nauruan, a distinct Pacific Island language. Some locals speak Tuvaluan or Gilbertese which are quite common around the island since these two ethnic groups have historically worked in the Nauru mining industry.

English - the second official language - is widely understood, spoken, and used for most government and commercial purposes.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Anibare Bay where there are tropical beaches
  • Anibare Harbour, a 2000 project, was largely financed by the Japanese government
  • The Parliament House and other Government buildings in Yaren, the unofficial capital of Nauru
  • The Buada Lagoon a tropical body of water, and the only body of water on the island is a very picturesque spot in the lower middle of the island. It's a freshwater lagoon surrounded on all sides by dense palm trees and other vegetation. However the water is dirty and not suitable for swimming in. Still, a nice photo opportunity, and you can walk all the way around the lagoon as the sealed road circles it. To get there, take the road opposite the Od-N-Aiwo hotel, follow it until it branches, then go left. The road will lead you straight there.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Walk round the islands interior. Do the circuit - A sealed road goes all the way around the island so you can drive, ride or walk around an entire country! A drive takes about 25 minutes non-stop. A bicycle ride would take 2-3 hours and a walk maybe 6 hours. There is lots of nice scenery if not much to do and, going from either hotel, Chappelle & Partner department store right at the top of the island in Ewa district makes for a welcome break at halfway around.
  • Explore World war relics In Yaren. Spot the remains of Japanese guns, bunkers and pillboxes left over from WW2.
  • Climb Command Ridge, Nauru's highest point.
  • Watch the local teams battle it out at an Australian rules football match. The national game is played all through Saturday at the Linkbelt Oval sports field.
  • Fish: Head out to sea and try your luck at game fishing
  • Shop at Capelle & Partner, the only department store and largest business on Nauru island.
  • Swim in Anibore Harbour, which is the best bet for swimming, as most beaches are too shallow and rocky.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Nauru uses the Australian dollar ($) as its national currency. Cash transactions are the norm; credit cards are rarely accepted. There is only one ATM on the island which is situated at the Menen Hotel reception area.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Food is imported from Australia and arrives by ship and plane, usually every week as the vessels have been in operation regularly. There are lots of small "eating places", selling Chinese food. There is a fast food kiosk at Capelle's supermarket served by the locals and at Milton Ross supermarket served by Filipinos. There is also another fast food take away at McDon's, serving Filipino dishes.

Nauru has a serious obesity problem, as will become apparent as soon as you arrive. The decision to mine the phosphates led to almost complete loss of agricultural land, with the result that almost everything is imported. Such imported foods are usually processed and high in sugar and fat. Several studies have cited the country as the fattest in the world.

Dining in Nauru is a great experience. During your Nauru tours, enjoy all kinds of delicious and healthy dishes. Since, Nauru is an island nation, seafood is very popular in its restaurants. Most of the restaurants of Nauru offer delicious seafood dishes.

If you go to the restaurants in Nauru, you will be offered authentic dishes that are loved by all. The cuisine of Nauru is highly influenced by the cuisines of countries such as Germany, Australia, China and Britain. You can savour all kinds of mouthwatering dishes in the various restaurants and bars in Nauru.

Local owned restaurants 'Jules' and 'Bay Restaurant' are popular names in the list of restaurants and bars in Nauru. Jules serves seafood delicacies from mussels, oysters and whatever you love from the ocean. 'Bay Restaurant' serves Asian delicacies and variety of pizza. Both places have various drinks to serve. There are many other restaurants in Nauru that are Chinese owned. There are many food stalls on certain roadsides on the island where local sell barbecue serves of variety dishes. If you crave for barbecue, keep an eye out for the 'BBQ signs' by the roadsides. Nauru cuisine is very light because of the high temperature. Another popular area to eat is at the 'Eigigu takeaway' which serves local food. It situated close to the Nauru Post office. Therefore, you will get to savour simple food items in the eateries of this country. The aroma and flavour of the delicacies of Nauru are unique to this country.

The dishes offered in Nauru are a treat to the taste buds. Sushimi, Coconut fish and Meat are one of their main foods. Cooked and smoked hams are also very popular.

Drink[edit][add listing]

The Reef Bar at the Menen hotel used to be the only bar in Nauru. It is situated at a walking distance of 30 minutes from the Od-N-Aiwo, the only other hotel on the island. It serves Australian beers, Chinese beer 'Tsingtao' and international spirits. The bar-room has a couple of pool tables, satellite TV and recorded music. It's lively at the weekends as there is local 'Live Bands' playing. There is also a huge flat screen allocated outside at the patio where there is a sea view at the background and guests and local friends sit and watch football game match live every weekends as part of their social outing. There is a new bar on the island 'Jules' situated in Denig district that is privately owned which had recently opened in the late 2012. New faces will be enthusiastically welcomed by the locals and the expats will usually have a chat, too. No flip flops/thongs/shorts (enclosed sandals are OK). The usual clothes wear for men is collar T-shirts or floral island shirts and skirts/dresses for women. Standard clothing is highly recommended.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There are two hotels, the more expensive Menen on the east of the island and the budget Od'n Aiwo to the west.

  • Od'n Aiwo Hotel, PO Box 299, Aiwo District, Republic of Nauru (On the coastal belt road, to the west side of the island, directly opposite the road inland to Buada), (+674) 444 3701. The less expensive of the two hotels on Nauru. USD40-80.  edit
  • Menen Hotel, PO Box 298, Anibare District, Republic of Nauru (On the coastal belt road, to the east side of the island and south of Anibare Bay.), +674 444 3300. The Menen is Nauru's largest hotel, boasting 119 rooms and conference facilities for up to 200. It possesses two restaurants and one the island's two bars. USD80.  edit

Stay safe[edit]

Like many other Pacific Islands, Nauru is surrounded by a shallow reef with cut-outs through the reef providing access for boats and harbours, and there can be strong currents across the shallow water, moving boats in the harbours, and dangerous marine animals on the reef floor. Ask for advice before venturing into the water.

The trafficking of drugs and narcotics of any kind will be punished severely.

Homosexual acts are still technically illegal in Nauru and can lead to prosecution. Open displays of affection between same-sex partners may offend some in Nauru.

Stay healthy[edit]

Water supply in Nauru is dependent on rainwater collected into tanks from the roofs of houses and from an ageing reverse osmosis desalination plant.

  • Emergency: 112 or 110
  • Nauru General Hospital: +674 555-4302

Respect[edit]

Contact[edit]

  • Cenpac Net is the internet service provider (ISP).


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