Harbouring a population of just over 10,000, the island nation of Nauru is considered the world’s smallest independent republic. But how can that be when there clearly are smaller islands even in its vicinity? Well, those are all dependent territories on some other states, so this makes Nauru the uncontested champion in that regard. So why is it a brilliant place to visit? Let us check out the top six facts pertaining to it!
Sitting just 56 kilometres south of the Equator, Nauru has a pleasant tropical climate all year long. Although some downpours occur between November and February, daily means rarely waver. To put this into perspective, the average low that can be expected on the island is 25 degrees Celsius (all year long, without moving one bit) and the a average high is between 30 and 31 – as we have said, unwavering. The rainy season, of course, is due to the cyclical monsoon but cyclones are not to be expected. This is the ultimate winter getaway, dear travellers!
2. Language barriers:
The official language on the island of Nauru is, as you may have guessed, Nauruan. Spoken by around 6,000 people in the entire world, it is, sadly, on the verge of extinction. With its abundance of vowels and gorgeous intonation, the mother-tongue of the locals is not used for state matters or when addressing tourists (which aren’t too many, to be frank). Those tasks are left to the English language and it works well. So what’s the bottom line? No language barriers to be concerned about as English is like a second official language there.
3. Public health:
We are happy to announce the fact that there are almost no health concerns when visiting Nauru. This is quite a feat when considering the fact that you are visiting the tropical climate zone. An anti-rabies vaccine is recommended for those who intend on exploring the local wilderness as animal bites can occur. The major health concerns of Nauru are completely untransmittable. The most common challenge that the locals face there is obesity, with over 97% of the males and 93% of the females being overweight.
As the subtitle might have already given it away, cash on Nauru is king. ATMs are rare and most public services deal with physical money. The best thing you can do is to convert your money into Australian dollars (the currency in use on Nauru) and always have some by your side. Since crime is virtually non-existent on the island, you are not bound to run into any casual muggers or thieves.
While you can find all sorts of fine alcoholic beverages around the island of Nauru, water is a little bit trickier to come by. First and foremost, the drinking water supply of the island is entirely dependent on collected and distilled rain water. While this may seem like a good way to supply it, the plant that does it is quite old and unreliable. Hence, the best way to go about things is to avoid tap water and stick to its bottled counterpart.
6. Surfing and bathing:
While it may be tempting to hit the waves around Nauru, you should not be that hasty. Why? Well, the powerful ocean currents often cast dangerous marine animals onto the reefs and thus create a hazard. Even though the beaches are all sandy, soft, and enjoyable, you should definitely be prepared to buy beach shoes to protect your feet from damage. Always ask the locals for advice as to where exactly you should enter the water. Stay wise and stay safe!
Did you enjoy our list? What experiences have you had on Nauru and how have they shaped your overall feel of the place? Hit the comment section below and tell us all about your adventures! Safe travels!