Flights to Nauru – A Small Island with a Big Heart
The world’s smallest independent republic, Nauru is a small island in the South Pacific Ocean. Formerly known as ‘Pleasant Island’, it was first inhabited by the Polynesians and Micronesians. For almost a century, Nauru supplied Australia with plentiful fertilizers after vast phosphate deposits were discovered on the island in 1900. Because of a sudden financial crisis in 2005, Nauru became dependent on other countries to stay afloat. Nauru offers picturesque views – pristine waters and sea gulls dipping over the green island cliffs. Not the easiest place to visit, there’s a dearth of hotels and means of transportation here. However, the small island still offers glimpses of its former ‘pleasantness’.
Best time to visit
Because of Nauru’s location near the equator, it has a sunny tropical climate. March to October is the best time to visit Nauru when the skies are clear and the days are warm and sunny. November to February is best avoided as there are chances of hurricane hitting the coast.
How to get to Nauru
The sole airport of the island is the Nauru International Airport and the national airline carrier is Nauru Airlines. There are no flights to Nauru from India. The most convenient option is to take a flight from India to Brisbane or Majuro. From there, you can take a direct flight to Nauru. The airlines that operate direct flights from Brisbane and Majuro to Nauru are Nauru Airlines and Hahn Air Systems. Air India, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Qantas Airways, etc. are the airlines that operate connecting flights from India to Brisbane. From India to Majuro, Air India operates connecting flights. India is 6 hours and 30 minutes behind Nauru.
Accommodation in Nauru
The island of Nauru is so small that a one-hour drive can cover the whole island. The hotels on the east of the island are expensive and provide all the luxury one could ask for. The west of the island is ideal for backpackers, as there are mid-range hotels available. Not many hotels are available in Nauru. Hence, prior booking is recommended.
Things to see and do in Nauru
Even though Nauru is a very small island, it has a number of interesting places to be explored. Anibare Bay is considered one of the best beaches in Nauru. When here, you can enjoy the sun, go swimming and fishing, or simply laze around.
A visit to the Command Ridge is a must. The highest point in Nauru, this is the place where the Japanese kept watch in the 1940s and you can still find many remnants from the war. Head to the glistening freshwater lake, Buada Lagoon on the western side of the island. It is a popular spot for picnic lunches and photography.
The once-splendid former Presidents' House offers spectacular views. Unfortunately, it was burnt down in 2001 by a mob of locals due to political reasons. The Moqua Well and Moqua Caves too are worth a visit. The Moqua Well is actually a lake that was the source of drinking water during WWII. The Moqua Caves are also located near the lake.
Catch a football match at the Linkbelt Oval sports field and see how the local teams battle it out. You can either drive, walk, or take a bicycle ride around the island. There is plentiful of nice scenery.
There are many stores in Nauru that sell interesting items. The must-buy items are straw hats, jewelry made from shell, clothes, and electronic goods.
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