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NAURU TRAVEL GUIDE

Nauru is a tiny island country in Micronesia, northeast of Australia. It features a coral reef and white-sand beaches fringed with palms, including Anibare Bay on the east coast. Inland, tropical vegetation surrounds Buada Lagoon. The rocky outcrop of Command Ridge, the island's highest point, has a rusty Japanese outpost from WWII. The underground freshwater lake of Moqua Well lies amid the limestone Moqua Caves.

 

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 third-smallest independent republic.

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NAURU QUICK FACTS

  • Capital: government offices in Yaren District
  • Currency: Australian dollar (AUD)
  • Area: 21 km²
  • Population: 12 704 (2018)
  • Language: Nauruan (official, a distinct Pacific Island language), English widely understood, spoken, and used
  • Religion:Christian (two-thirds Protestant, one-third Roman Catholic)
  • Electricity: 240V, 50Hz (Australian plug)

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NAURU PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 31 January, Independence Day
  • 17 May, Constitution Day
  • 25 September, National Youth Day
  • 26 October, Angam Day
  • 26 December, Boxing Day

Also, Good Friday, Easter Monday, and Easter Tuesday.

FESTIVALS IN NAURU

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BEST TIME TO VISIT NAURU

Nauru has a tropical climate with high temperatures and humidity year-round. There is little variation in temperature throughout the year, with the average high remaining around 32°C (90°F) and the average low around 26°C (79°F). The rainy season is from November to February, during which time the island may experience heavy rains and strong winds. The rest of the year is relatively dry. So the best time to visit Nauru would be from April to October which is the drier period.

 

Northeast trade winds help cool the island slightly during the dry season, especially along the coast. Nauru rarely gets serious typhoons due to its location far from both the northern and southern hemisphere cyclone belts, but the low-lying coastal lands where most Nauruans live are subject to flooding and tidal surges.

NAURU WEATHER SYNOPSIS

As a tropical island situated no more than 33 miles south of the equator, Nauru experiences a constant hot and humid climate that averages 25°C throughout the year. The island’s two main seasons are wet from November to October and dry between March and October.

Northeast trade winds help cool the island slightly during the dry season, especially along the coast. Nauru rarely gets serious typhoons due to its location far from both the northern and southern hemisphere cyclone belts, but the low-lying coastal lands where most Nauruans live are subject to flooding and tidal surges.

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NAURU TOURIST SEASONS

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TRAVEL SAFETY IN NAURU

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HEALTH RISKS IN NAURU

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Yellow fever - The yellow fever virus is found in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa and South America. The virus is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no medicine to treat or cure an infection. To prevent getting sick from yellow fever, use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and get vaccinated.

Zika Virus - Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.

Malaria - Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.

Dengue - Dengue is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. About one in four people infected with dengue will get sick. For people who get sick with dengue, symptoms can be mild or severe.

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NAURU TRAVEL COSTS

The cost of traveling to Nauru can vary depending on a number of factors, such as the time of year you go, your method of transportation, and the type of accommodation you choose.

 

A round-trip airfare from Australia or Fiji to Nauru can cost several thousand dollars, depending on the airline and the time of booking. Additionally, a visa is required to enter Nauru and can cost around $100.

 

Once you are on the island, the cost of living is relatively high due to its remote location. The prices for food and accommodation can be significantly more expensive than in other Pacific islands. There's limited accommodation options and rental cars and other means of transportation are not available, this can make it a bit challenging for travelers to find budget friendly options.

 

Overall, traveling to Nauru can be quite expensive, and it's important to plan ahead and budget accordingly.

NAURU TRAVEL TIPS

Visiting Nauru, can be challenging due to the island's remote location and limited infrastructure. The only way to reach Nauru is by air, with flights available from Australia and Fiji. However, flights to Nauru are infrequent and can be expensive.

 

Visitors to Nauru are required to have a valid passport and a visa, which can be obtained in advance from the Embassy of Nauru or upon arrival at the island's airport. The country has strict rules to enter and visitors needs to be pre-approved by the government. Visitors should also be aware that Nauru has limited tourism infrastructure and amenities, with only a few small hotels and guesthouses on the island.

 

Additionally, Nauru has some restricted areas, including phosphate mines and certain government buildings, which are off-limits to visitors. It's important to research and familiarize yourself with Nauru's customs, laws, and regulations, before planning a visit.

 

All in all, while Nauru is a unique destination, and it's possible to visit, it requires a bit more planning and investment compared to many other tourist destinations around the world.

SIGHTS & HIGHLIGHTS OF NAURU

Nauru is a small island nation located in the Pacific Ocean, and it's 21 square kilometers (8.1 square miles) area is relatively small. It is divided into 14 districts, but these districts are mainly administrative divisions and don't have distinct characteristics.

 

Nauru is not a country with a large number of regions and sights, but it is a place that offers a unique and different experience to visitors, who are interested in learning more about remote islands, their history, culture and nature.

The highlights of Nauru are not limited to specific regions but more on the experiences and attractions the island offers as a whole:

  • A visit to Nauru's capital, Yaren, which is also the island's most populous district.
  • The Nauru District, which is known for its scenic beaches and the historic World War II sites.
  • The Buada Lagoon, a shallow freshwater lagoon located in the center of the island, which is known for its unique fish and birdlife,
  • The Command Ridge, a limestone ridge with a network of tunnels and caves that were used as fortifications during World War II.
  • The Nauru Phosphate Corporation, which offers tours of the phosphate mines that have been a major source of income for the island nation.

Most of the island's attractions are related to its history, culture, and nature. Nauru's natural beauty is an important highlight, which includes its beaches, lagoons, and coral reefs that provide opportunities for swimming, fishing, and snorkeling.

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WHAT TO EAT IN NAURU

When visiting Nauru, you can expect to find a mix of traditional Pacific Island and Australian cuisine. Due to its remote location, the availability of ingredients can be limited and prices can be higher than in other places.

Some traditional Nauruan dishes include:

  • Fish and coconut milk, this dish is made by cooking fish (usually tuna) with coconut milk and a variety of seasonings such as ginger, onions and garlic.
  • Taro, this root vegetable is a staple food in Nauru, and it's cooked in a variety of ways, including boiling, baking, and frying.
  • Pandanus, is an edible fruit that is often used to make a sweet dessert called "bumpy", which is made by mixing grated pandanus with coconut milk and sugar.

Since Nauru has a small population and being very remote it's not really a place where you find a wide range of options in the food department, some visitors might find the food options limited. You will find a general store and a small number of small shops that sell basic goods and some fresh produce, but you may find that the variety and quality of food options can be limited.

 

You may also find some international cuisine such as Chinese and Indian food, but it's usually made with local ingredients and may be different from what you're used to.

 

If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, it's recommended that you bring any special food or supplements with you, as they may not be readily available on the island.

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WHERE TO STAY IN NAURU

When visiting Nauru for the first time, you may find that your options for accommodations are limited. The island only has a small number of hotels, guesthouses, and small apartments for rent.

 

The Menen Hotel is the only hotel on Nauru, it's located in the capital city, Yaren, and offers comfortable rooms and some amenities. it has been known as an older hotel, but with limited options is the most popular choice for visitors.

 

You may also be able to find small apartments for rent, but these can be hard to find and you may need to ask around locally or through the local tourism office.

 

If you're looking for a more budget-friendly option, you may be able to find shared accommodation or home stays. These options are known to be quite rare on Nauru, but they can be a good way to experience local culture and hospitality.

 

If you're planning to stay for a longer time you can check with the local government or tourist offices, or you could also contact the local representatives of the airlines or travel agencies you are using to find out about accommodation options.

 

Keep in mind that Nauru is a small island nation, and options are limited, planning ahead is recommended and you should expect a more unique and rustic experience than in more popular tourist destinations.

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