According to politicsezine, no independent republic on earth is smaller or has fewer inhabitants than the small South Pacific island of Nauru. The closest neighbor is Kiribati, 184 km away. The country is so important that hardly any tourists travel here. If you are planning a vacation, you should find out the best travel time.
With only 1,100 inhabitants, Yaren is the largest municipality on the island. This is where the Nauru Parliament building and other government offices are located, but it is not the island’s capital. Nauru is one of the few countries in the world without an official state capital. You can circumnavigate the entire island very easily in just one day. The main road forms a 19 km long ring and shares with the runway of the international airport.
Deep sea fishing and diving are the island’s main water attractions. The inland Buada Lagoon and most of the oceanfront beaches are not suitable for swimming. The only bathing beach on the island can be found at Anibare Harbor. The most unusual sights are the underground Moqua Well Lake, its namesake caves and the central plateau inland, whose landscape resembles a lunar landscape due to the decades of phosphate mining. At Command Ridge, Nauru’s highest point, you can see an entire country from its summit.
Best travel time
Nauru is a tropical island about 50 km south of the equator and has a warm and humid climate. The whole year round there is an average temperature of 32 ° C. The climate is divided into two seasons. The best time to travel to Nauru is during the dry season , which starts in March and lasts until October . These are also the months when northeast trade winds Nauru, with an average humidity of 80%, cool the most significantly.
The western monsoon heralds the rainy season from November to February , but due to its location Nauru is far from the two cyclone belts of the Pacific Ocean. Because of this, the island is rarely seriously hit by typhoons. However, the low-lying coastal areas, where most of the approximately 10,000 inhabitants live, are exposed to flooding and tides.
You should bring light sweaters or jackets for the evenings as the hot daytime temperatures drop in the evenings. There are basically only two larger hotels on the island, but since there are fewer than 20 tourists visiting Nauru per month on average, you will hardly have any problems getting a room, even in the high season.
Climate in Yaren
The maximum temperature in Nauru is 32 ° C. In June and July the thermometer rises to a maximum of 31 ° C. The summer (June to September) with average 32 ° C hot . In the winter months it is around 32 ° C hot . During the day, the average annual temperature in Nauru is 31.8 ° C.
At night it gets coldest at 23 ° C. While the nights in summer are averages of pleasantly warm 24 ° C, the thermometer drops to a pleasantly warm 24 ° C at night between November and March. The temperature averages a pleasant 23.7 ° C at night all year round.
The water temperature is up to 28 ° C in October, November and December. In the summer months from June to September the water is very warm with an average of 27 ° C. Between November and March the values are a very warm 27 ° C. Over the year, the sea has an average temperature of 27.3 ° C.
With 15 rainy days, July is the rainiest month of the year. The March and October are with 5 days of rain, the driest months of the year . From June to September Nauru is relatively humid with an average of around 11 rainy days, the winter (November to March) is quite dry with 9 rainy days. Every month there is an annual average of 8.8 days of rain.
Food and drink
Chinese is by far the most common cuisine among a very limited selection of restaurants on the island. The entire island has only two hotels. The more upscale of these is at the east end and also includes the island’s only bar. There is an inexpensive backpacker lodge on the west coast.
Arrival and transport
Nauru International Airport is the only way to get to the island. Traffic lights have recently been installed on a section of the ring road, as the road is used as a runway at the same time. There is currently only one commercial flight to Nauru per week. The journey time from Brisbane, Australia is 5.5 hours and a stopover in the Solomon Islands.
There is practically no public transport on Nauru except for a public bus that runs around the island every hour. In addition, there is a free airport shuttle for Hotel Menem guests. There are no taxis and only a handful of places offer cars or bikes for rent at all, so most of the travel and exploration will be on foot.