Nauru is a stunningly beautiful small island in Micronesia. Known for its beautiful beaches, lush green vegetation, and palm trees. For those keen divers and snorkelers, the coral reef has to be seen to be believed. Perfect for that tranquil tropical getaway. There is nothing better than enjoying the blue lagoons. Traveling to Nauru, fun-filled activities are abundant. After a long day at the beach, you can return to one of the Nauru resorts on the island. If this is your first time heading to this incredible locale. Read on to find out the top 10 things to do in Nauru.
Scuba Diving – For those thrill-seekers out there, you are not going to want to miss the chance to go scuba diving. There is an incredible coral reef that surrounds Nauru. These beautiful natural waters have to be seen to be believed. When you dive into the incredible pacific ocean, you will have the chance to explore all that it has to offer. Explore shipwrecks that are teeming with marine life. You can discover the natural beauty of the coral reef themselves. The number of colorful fishes that swim past means that scuba diving into this undersea land of beauty cannot be missed.
Fishing – If there is one thing you can’t miss out on doing in Nauru, it’s fishing. You can hire a boat and head out to the incredible Pacific Ocean and go deep-sea fishing. These incredible seawaters are home to a wide range of fish. Marlin, tuna, and barracuda are just a few of the different types of fish that can be found in the sea. You never know, you may be lucky and get yourself a catch. The perfect way to finish an incredible experience.
Shop till you drop – The villages on Nauru offer many amazing arts and crafts shops. These shops are perfect for that shopping fix. When you explore the villages, you will discover many amazing pieces of work. A lot of the items are made locally by artisans who live on the island. These are the perfect take-home mementos of this incredible tropical island getaway. For those looking for high-end fashion, there are different shopping centers on the island. The centers are host to a range of different stores. There is something for every kind of shopper.
Moqua Well – Located in the Yaren District, which is in the south of the island. The Moqua Caves are an incredible geological site that needs to be seen. Well deserving of its place on the top 10 things to do in Nauru. A network of caves that you can explore before they lead you to the beautiful underground lake known as Moqua Well. This underground site is an incredible place to visit. You will be amazed by its natural beauty. Yaren runs different trips to the well. A visit to Moqua Well is one you won’t easily forget when you return home. The perfect spot to visit and marvel at nature’s beauty.
The capital village of Naren – Famously, Nauru is the only country in the world without a capital city. Instead, it has a capital village. Yaren is the capital village of Nauru and is located near the airport. When you visit Yaren, you will find it has a lot to offer. Go on a sightseeing tour around the village or just sit back and relax and soak the atmosphere up. You can visit the parliament. In the parliament, you even have the chance to sit in the President’s chair. Yaren has a range of restaurants and shops to visit as well. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the city, stop for some shopping and finally, finish the day with a bite to eat.
Walking Excursions – One of the best ways to see all that the island has to offer is to go on a walking excursion. Take a walk to Command Ridge. Command Ridge is the highest point of the island. This was where the Japanese would keep watch during World War II. There are still some abandoned and rusted guns, including two large six-barrel weapons. An abandoned communications bunker still holds some remnants of those days. At this point, you are offered a stunning view of the entire island. There are several trails on the island that you can explore. You can complete these trails on your own, conversely, you can hire a guide.
Anibare Bay – This certainly is the most relaxing item on our list. Located in Anibare District on the east of the island. Anibare Bay is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. An incredibly beautiful white sandy beach to relax on along with diving into the blue sea. This makes Anibare Bay the perfect island paradise to relax in. When you spend a day at this beach, you’ll never want to leave. It truly is an incredible tropical paradise like no other and something you won’t forget in a hurry.
Buada Lagoon – Buada Lagoon is a landlocked freshwater lake in the Buada District. Located on the West side of the island and a ten-minute drive or twenty minutes walk from the village of Aiwo. Though it’s not for swimming, it is still a great place to head to. This spot which used to be used to farm fish is a beautiful natural location. Well worth visiting. It is a pretty spot on the island, with a lagoon surrounded by lush green foliage. Absolutely, a nice place to sit and relax and take in the natural beauty around you.
Central Plateau – A fascinating dive into the history of this island. The central plateau of the island, commonly known as Topside. This area was used for mining phosphate for over 100 years. It’s a wilderness that is an interesting place to explore. Where the phosphate has been mined, there is now a rugged lunar-like surface. In addition to this, there are various wartime remains Japanese guns and a crashed warplane for you to discover. The best way to explore this area is by walking the tracks. However, we recommend visiting the area with a local guide so you can get an understanding of the history of the island.
Sports – Without a doubt sports are hugely popular on the island. Not just watersports either. Australian rules football is a huge game on the island and you often have the chance to watch a game. If you’re a sports fan yourself maybe you can join in! Different sports have been played on the island for years. For instance, the ancient game of frigatebird catching is still popular on the island. Islanders lasso birds with an abio (a fishing line attached to a small weight). When caught, the birds are tamed and then released back into the wild. Finally, when they’re released, they then lure more birds back to the island.
Just So You Know…
- Nauru is the world’s smallest island nation. The island measures just eight square miles and is larger than just two other countries: Monaco and the Vatican City.
- In the sixties, Nauru’s phosphate reserves were so rich. It had the highest per capita GDP in the world. Meaning that for a period it was the world’s richest country.
- Nauru has no army. Australia is responsible for keeping Nauru safe. However, the island does have a police force.
- Get Some Culture:
- Every year on the 31st of January. Nauru celebrates the anniversary of when the island became independent. The national holiday is a day of events. Beginning with a fishing competition. The day consists of many sporting events, such as tug of war and wrestling.
- On May 17th the island celebrates Constitution Day. At this time of year, competitions take place to mark this important event. The day begins with a colorful parade. Like their Independence Day, the celebration is very focused on sports.
- Grab A Bite:
- Nauru is home to just two bars. The Reef Bar is a popular choice. Located at The Menan Hotel, the perfect place to relax with a drink following a day at the beach.
- The Anibare Restaurant is situated at Anibare Bay. It serves a variety of dishes, such as seafood. However, the menu also includes international dishes.