In case you have never heard of the place, the Republic of Nauru is the worlds least visited country with a mere average of 160 people a year traveling on a tourist visa to Nauru. In 2017 YPT planned our Least Visited Countries Tour, which would involve us spending a balmy 5 days traveling in Nauru.
So if you are interested in visiting Nauru, here is the YPT travel guide to Nauru
So what’s the backstory on Nauru?
Nauru was a British colony rich in phosphate that declared itself independent in 1968. At one stage it had the highest GDP in the world, but alas its sovereign wealth fund was squandered, and now it relies on subsidies and payments from Australia for housing their refugees!
How do you get there?
There are 2 flights a week on Fridays and Sundays on Nauru Airlines, the national flag carrier that also services Kiribati, Solomon Islands, The Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia
What is there to do in Nauru?
Actually quite a lot. WW2 stuff, beaches, lagoons, hiking, and a chance to really understand the refugee issue by talking to the people it affects.
What is the food like in Nauru?
Whilst the refugee crisis is a tragedy for those who have been stuck on the island for almost 5 years, from a culinary point of view there are a lot of different options in Nauru, from local, a lot of Chinese, Pakistani, Iranian, and even Bengali food.
What are the bars like in Nauru?
Whilst there is not much of a bar scene in Nauru, Jules Bar, and Bay View are great places to sit by the sea and shoot the breeze with expats and locals alike. Beers here are around AUD $5 a pop, a lot less expensive than you would expect on an island, with cocktails a little more. Booze is only sold in “bottle shops” Australia style, with there being only two on Nauru.
How do you get a visa to Nauru?
Depends a lot on where you are from, but for most countries it is visa on arrival. If you book our Least Visited Countries Tour, then Young Pioneer Tours can arrange a tourist visa to Nauru for you.
Nauru are not keen on undercover journalists, and a journalist visa to Nauru will set you back $8000!
Is it worth visiting Nauru?
Some people would say no, but we spent 5 action packed days there and were never left with nothing to do. Aside from all the things to see, and the bragging rights of visiting the least visited country in the world, just getting an understanding of the refugee crisis here makes it well worth the trip.
To join our Least Visited Countries tour, check out the link, or contact us if you would like us to arrange an independent tour to Nauru.