Ever heard of Nauru? OK, so maybe you have, but I’ll bet that you have probably never traveled to Nauru, and the reason? The Republic of Nauru is officially the least visited country in the world (by tourists), with an average of around 160 visitors a year.
So why is Nauru the least visited country in the world? Well, there are a number of factors here, firstly it’s pretty damned remote, with only two flights a week serviced by one airline (Nauru Airlines), and secondly at 21 square KM, and only 10,000 inhabitants, it’s fair to say that it’s not exactly famous for having all that much to do tourist wise.
But as the Lonely Planet, might or probably does say “scratch beneath the surface and you will find Nauru has much to offer backpackers”. And by backpackers, it means country collectors! Nauru is essential for anyone planning on having a big year!
So what can you do in Nauru? Here are some of our top picks for when you travel to Nauru.
Check out the World War 2 stuff
Nauru like much of the Pacific Islands was not only occupied but done so fairly brutally by the Japanese. There are pillboxes and the like littered around the island, as well as an old Japanese prison, guns, and some quality hiking around Nauru.
Go out boating
Whilst there is no scuba, or snorkeling action really in Nauru, there is fishing and big game fishing at that. A boat can be hired for a full or half day and there is some real big game fishing out there for the serious enthusiast. Or you could just sit on the boat and drink.
Walk around Nauru
Ever walked around a country? OK maybe you have, but have you done it in 3 hours? Nauru can be walked around in 3 hours, although it’s advisable to start around 5 or 6 am as Nauru gets pretty damned hot.
Drive around Nauru
Like the above, but in a car. Depending on how fast you go, it takes about 30 minutes to drive around Nauru. To really mix it up hire a scooter and do it.
Watch a sunset from Jules Bar
There are about 4 bars in the whole of Nauru, one of which is currently closed, and all of which are closed on Sundays. Of all the bars, Jules is known as the local one, and not only does it offer great live music and cocktails, but by far the best beach for watching the sunset over the Republic of Nauru.
Eat Chinese food
So Nauru is full of people that are not only stuck, but really do not want to be in Nauru. The Chinese on the other hand come here willingly by choice! And as a result, there are Chinese restaurants everywhere. Food is of an OK standard too.
Eat at Bay View Restaurant
In our (and the expats) humble opinion, this is the best restaurant in town offering western, Chinese and apparently the best curries on the island. Great drinks, menu, and a superb view of the sea (and one of the best beaches for swimming).
Learn what it is really like for the refugees in Nauru
Most of the people doing the “menial” jobs of Nauru, such as waiters, bartenders, etc. are the many refugees sent here from Christmas Island and now stuck in limbo for the last 5 years. These refugees are the people you will spend most of your time interacting with, and it is very important and interesting to hear their stories.
If you’d like to see Nauru, contact us for an independent package, or check out our 2018 Least Visited Countries Tour.