Nauru is one of the smallest nations in the world and while many tourists simply fly in and leave the same day to add another country to their global travels, there's actually plenty to do in Nauru for a full week until the next flight to take you onwards.
Today we'll look at the best things to do in Nauru. We've avoided the typical answer that you'll find on many other travel blogs such as how to walk around the Island in under a few hours.
5. Relax In Anibare Bay
If you are looking for a place to relax and enjoy the wonders of nature, look no further than the Anibare Bay. It can be found in the eastern part of the Nauru island in the Anibare District, the largest district with a small population of only 250 people.
This bay can be considered one of the most charming places in Nauru. In the bay, the most prominent spot has to be Anibare Beach which stretches for nearly 2 kilometres. This beach has white coral sand and it's the best spot on the island for swimming or surfing.
4. Go Scuba Diving
This island is the perfect place for those who are interested in marine exploration. Nauru is known for its beautiful coral reefs that surround the isle.
Many scuba diving enthusiasts come every year to enjoy the view of the rich underwater life and vivid fishes. Even history lovers can find something to look forward to, as the local waters provide opportunities for exploring shipwrecks from World War II.
April and December are considered the best months if you are preparing for reef exploration. The scuba diving equipment is accessible on the island and can be rented.
3. Catch & Eat Fish
People who consider themselves fishing lovers will find Nauru to be their very own paradise. Possibly the biggest attraction on the island, catching fish is truly engaging here.
Nauru is enveloped by the enormous Pacific Ocean and offers many good spots for catching fish. You can hire a private boat from one of the several local businesses and go for some deep-sea game fishing.
There are a lot of renowned fish species in the waters around the isle. Among many, you will be able to go toe to toe with tunas, barracudas and the famous marlins.
2. Explore Japanese Guns
The ruins of Japanese guns and bunkers are a gem that's hidden in Nauru's forests. It's not an official tourist location and you would need some help from a local to explore it.
Japanese occupied Nauru in 1942 and used the island as an airport. The island was bombed during the war and the Japanese held it until 1945 when their army in the isle surrendered.
They built numerous military facilities and fortifications on the island which can be found scattered in the middle of the jungle. It can be very exciting to explore these remains as some of them were left untouched for more than 70 years.
1. Frigatebird Catching
Another interesting thing to experience on the island has to be the Frigatebirds catching game. This tradition goes way back in the past and is slowly vanishing from the island, but the local population still practices it from time to time.
The point of the game is to catch the frigatebirds that are flying over the island. This is done with a tool called abio. It is made by attaching a lead weight on a fishing line.
When the bird is caught it's given large portions of tuna to enjoy until it becomes tamed. The tamed birds are then released to bring back more untamed birds for players to capture.
How To Get To Nauru?
Getting to Nauru is pretty easy if you're flying from Brisbane with a daily direct flight to the Island. This is more complex if flying from elsewhere in the Pacific with only a couple weekly flights between Tarawa Island in Kiribati. There's also one weekly flight to Christmas Island.
There are once a week flights to Fiji with Nauru Airlines. Aside from these routes, the only other way to get the Nauru is by boat, whether that's one of the few cruise ships that stop here each year, on board a cargo vessel or by charter/sailing vessel.
James is a thrill seeker who loves to take part in adventure sports. Currently he’s studying his PHD while working as a software engineer. In his spare time he loves to write.