Fun fact: Nauru is so small it doesn’t even have a capital city. I’ve now spent the last two new year’s here, and have thus declared myself expert on all things Nauru. Here’s my Nauru guide.
How to get to Nauru
If you really want to be one of the few hundred people that travel to Nauru every year then whether you like it, or not you need Nauru Airlines, with direct flights to Honiara, Brisbane, and Majuro in the Marshall Islands.
Accommodation in Nauru
There are 3 hotels in Nauru, and they are all very different.
- Hotel Nauro (Menen) – The government-run, communist-style hotel has the best infrastructure, and staff that actually want to help. Rooms aren’t cheap here –or anywhere else on the island.
- Hotel Budapest – Run by a not-so-friendly Muslim man that likes to place scripture around the “hotel”. Most of the residents are refugees, and despite the pretty pictures from their ad in the Nauru Airlines in-flight magazine, the Hotel Budapest is best ignored.
- Od’n Aiwo Hotel – not great rooms, they don’t answer e-mails, and a bar next door that rarely has beer. Nice Chinese restaurant though.
What is there to see in Nauru?
Nauru, as we have mentioned, is the least-visited country in the world, and whilst it is not Pyongyang there’s certainly enough to see in Nauru to justify 5 days (just).
- Lots of urban exploration in the old phosphate mines and plants;
- WW2 stuff including a Japanese prison;
- A big lagoon;
- Running around Nauru in a day;
- Walking around Nauru in a day;
- Riding around Nauru in a day;
- Sailing around Nauru in a day;
- Pub crawl around Nauru (obviously);
- Government buildings;
- Caves to explore;
- Listen to the stories of the refugees;
- Join the least visited tour.
What to eat in Nauru?
Here’s the funny thing, or rather tragic thing: Nauru does not have its own cuisine – it has Chinese food. If you don’t like Chinese food, your options will be limited to Menen Hotel and Bayside (both very good). Best picks of the Chinese ones are J’s and Anabare Harbour Restaurant.
Nightlife of Nauru
There are 4 bars on the island: Jules (the local bar), Od’N Aiwo Bar (for slot machines), Bayview (for actual good drinks), and lastly the “disco” at the Hotel Menen. Licensing laws mean they are closed on all holidays (and Sundays), at 10pm Monday – Thursday, and midnight on the weekend.
On national holidays your best bet is to gatecrash a party in Nauru if you really want to go wild.
Is it worth visiting Nauru?
Nauru is what it is; it’s a tiny island nation that very few people go to. It’s not going to be the most interesting place you’ve ever been to, but there really is something quite quaint and other-worldly about it that I personally, at least, love. Go ahead and visit Nauru; at least you know there are very few other people that can say the same.
Getting out of Nauru
The only way out of Nauru is by Nauru airlines, with the three direct flights being to Brisbane, Honiara, and Tarawa in Kiribati.
Check out our review of the Hotel Menen Nauru here.