Nauru may be the known as the smallest republic in the world with just a land area of 21 square kilometers. However, this rock phosphate island also has a good number of sites that every type of traveler is sure to enjoy, from photographers and divers to adventure-seekers and those who just want to spend some time in a secluded island.
Nestled along the South Pacific Ocean, just 53 kilometers south of the Equator and about halfway of Honolulu and Sydney, Nauru has a tropical climate, with moderate winters and summers. It is hot and humid throughout the year, with average temperature at around 28 degree Celsius and is often tempered by the ocean breeze. The island also experiences rain, the heaviest is during the months of December to March.
For many travelers, Nauru is truly the perfect private island getaway. This island, formerly known as the Pleasant Island, may have very limited tourism activities but residents, as well as those that have been to the island, can say that it is a perfect place for fishing and diving. The island is surrounded by white, sandy beaches and beautiful coral reefs that are home to different species of fish.
What could be the most popular attraction is the Buada Lagoon, a brackish, freshwater lake on the island. It is considered an endorheic lake, which means it is landlocked, with no passages for water to flow out into the oceans and rivers. Located in the southwestern part of the island, Buada Lagoon has a maximum depth of 256 feet.
Adjacent to this lagoon is the Anibare Bay, which is famous among tourists and naturalists. This large bay is the only bay in Nauru and is found along the eastern part of the island. This is the perfect spot for swimming and surfing; although those who do need to be very careful and cautious due to the strong underwater current of the bay. The white coral sand also makes Anibare Bay attractive to many tourists. At night, the bay can prove to be a romantic setting for couples. Couples will have a good time just sitting on the soft sand and letting the magnificent moonlight shine on them.
Despite being such a small island, Nauru also boasts of diverse flora and fauna, including the most recognized flower, frangipani. There are also coconut palms, tomato trees, bananas, pineapples, and pandanus trees, as well as different species of birds, fish, and coral reefs. The island is also a favorite stopover for various migratory birds.
There are only two hotels on the island of Nauru, making it all the more important for tourists to book in advance. The first hotel is the Meneng Hotel which faces the Anibare Bay. The second one is the OD-N-Aiwo Hotel which is located in Aiwo, the island’s western end.
To get to the island, tourists can take plane from Brisbane, Australia; flights through Our Airline are available twice a week. Nauru also has a main port for those who are travelling by sea from Australia, Japan, and New Zealand.