Cheap Flights to Nauru

An island country widely off the coast east of Papua New Guinea, Nauru is the destination for those looking for an isolated getaway. Backpackers will find it a paradise due to the locals' simple way of life. Modern amenities of technology will either be unavailable or not as useful here, so tourists can focus on the beach, surf, and other nature sights in the area.

Nauru started to become known in the world when the Germans occupied it in the late 19th century. There was no lasting German cultural legacy, however. Later on, Germany gave up the island after World War I, when Nauru became a League of Nations mandate. This was overturned again when the Japanese air forces used Nauru during the Second World War. The Allied Forces didn't pay any attention to the island at war's end, until the Japanese surrendered to the Australians in 1945. The people went back again to the island and tried to move on with their lives.

The highlight in Nauru's history came during the prosperous economic stage in the 1960s and 1970s. Formerly called Pleasant Island, the country was one of the world's top economies due to the huge income that phosphate rock mines brought. This mineral had run out by the end of 20th century, however. The mismanagement of funds has turned Nauru into one of the world's poorest. Today, the country is struggling to live on with what's left of their resources. They also rely on international aid to maintain the island's beauty, which is the one of the assets left for Nauruans.

Nature sights make up most of the tourist attractions in Nauru. There's the Anibare Bay featuring a tropical paradise with its white-sanded beach. The water is a light turquoise, which makes it a delight to swim and set out to sea on a boat. Travelers are advised to be cautious, however, due to the heavy surf and strong rip currents.

Another place to visit in Nauru is the Moqua Well, a large underwater lake and a main source of fresh water for Nauruans. The caves are located near the airport and the Parliament building, forming low cliffs that tourists may explore with an experienced guide. There can also be tours on the old mines where tourists can inspect the jagged surfaces of the place which once supported Nauru at its height. Although the look can be a bit bizarre, the place is a sober reminder of wise and well-planned economic planning, as well as a clear focus on environmental protection.

Those who want to see the whole island, however, can do so from the highest place in the Nauru. From here, tourists can point out various vantage points. This is more than just a natural highlight, though, as the Japanese used it as a lookout point during World War II. Tourists can marvel at the rusted guns and the rotating six-barrel weapons left behind. For those looking for more historical artifacts, there are many left behind in Yaren, where there are abandoned weapons, pillboxes, and bunkers.

How to get around within Nauru

Due to its small size, exploring the whole island by car only takes one hour. There are cars and bicycles for hire in the island, which makes it easier for tourists to move around. A community bus also plies the route every hour or so during the day.

How to get there

Travelers coming from the overseas will have to book a connecting flight on Brisbane to Nauru. There are also flights coming to the island from other Pacific Islands such as Marujo, Nadi, and Tarawa. 

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