When searching any country and its attractions into Google, you’re usually inundated with thousands of pages of the various attractions in the country and even a bit overwhelmed. A quick search on Tripadvisor will usually yield pages on the top activities to enjoy, as well as various reviews from people having visited.
Search Nauru tourism/Nauru travel into Google, however, and you’ll find yourself a bit stumped.
No wonder, since the country is the world’s least visited country.
This island of 21 km2 tucked away in the middle of the Pacific may be tiny, but it has a lot to offer.
Nauru’s largest city, Yaren, is the closest thing the island has to a capital city. Here you will find the island’s airport, police stations, and administration offices. You can also visit the parliament house here. As of 2003, the population of Yaren was a mere 1,100.
Here you can also visit the remains of the once-grand Presidents House that was burned down in early 2000s by locals angry at the government’s mismanagement of funds.
#4 Scuba Diving/Deep Sea Fishing
There is a couple of companies on the island that offer scuba diving excursions in Nauru. Due to the lack of equipment available, divers must bring their own equipment as it is not always available to hire.
This is some of the best diving since you cannot find coral reefs more untouched than these. There is also a vast array of marine life, as well as a large shipwreck to explore.
There are two main companies who specialize in deep sea fishing excursions, however, many islanders will also be more than willing to offer up their boat and take customers out. This, of course, depends on the weather and weather conditions. The better the weather, the further and deeper out you can travel.
Fish often caught include; Barracuda, yellowfin tuna, marlin, and skipjack.
#3 War remains
In order to explore some of the best war relics, you’ll need a car and some pretty exact locations, or a tour guide. You will be able to various things left from Japanese occupation during WWII. Amongst this includes rotating 6-barrel guns and a communications bunker.
If you have a scout about the island yourself, you will find its dotted in Japanese cannons hidden amongst the trees – or even simply right in front of people’s houses. There’s even an old Japanese prison concealed amongst the trees. Few months ago, local people even found some human bones in a cave of Anibare district. You can also discover various sizes of bunkers in different districts, but you probably need the help from a local guide.
Read more about the island’s fascinating history here.
#2 Its beaches
The Anibare Bay is where it’s at on Nauru. This is where you’ll find the most tropical beaches with the most sand. This is the only place on the island where the water is deep and calm enough to swim.
The palm tree-lined beaches and beautiful untouched beaches are enough to draw any island paradise lover in. White sands dominate the turquoise water, and activities such as surfing and swimming are offered on the beach. However, due to temperamental weather, one needs to take caution when in the water.
#1 It’s the world’s smallest island & least visited country
If this isn’t a claim to fame, then we don’t know what is. For country collector’s and alternative travel geeks alike, this is the creme de la creme of countries to visit.
Saying that getting to Nauru is difficult is a massive understatement. There is currently only one airline that serves the island, “Nauru Airline”, and only bi-weekly flights. The only practical routes available to tourists is from Brisbane, Australia. Although, there may be a few occasional flights departing from other islands.