Nauru, also known officially as the Republic of Nauru, and formerly known as Pleasant Island, is an island country. Nauru is located in Micronesia specifically in the South Pacific. Nauru's nearest neighbour is the Banaba Island in Kiribati, which is about 300km to the east. Nauru has 9,378 residents in a 21-square-kilometre area, making it the smallest state in the South Pacific, as well as the second smallest state by population in the world, coming second after the Vatican City.
Nauru was settled by Micronesian and Polynesian people and was also annexed and claimed as a colony by the German Empire in the late 19th century. After World War I, the island became a League of Nations mandate administered by Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
Former Presidents' House - Travellers will appreciate the view from the ruins of the once-splendid former Presidents' House. This place was burned down in 2001 by a local mob who was protesting against the misuse of the government's funds.
Cantilevers – Travellers can see these structures that were a key in the transporting Phosphate. In history, the first shipment of 2000 tonnes of phosphate left Nauru in the year 1907. In the year 1908, by that time it was said that vast industrial architecture began to be installed. The first of the two huge cantilevers was built on the coast around World War I and World War II, which enabled phosphate to be loaded onto ships more efficiently. After the end of WWII, the demand for phosphate rose and another cantilever was in operation the year 1960s.
Command Ridge - Travellers will be interested in this command ridge where the Japanese kept watch in the 1940s. This ridge is Nauru's highest point and still holds some rusted WWII guns, such as two large rotating six-barrel weapons that fire 40kg shells when they were used. Apart from the weaponry, there's also a communications bunker where visitors can enter and explore.
How to get around within Nauru
Travellers can make use of the mode of transportation in Nauru which includes walking, bicycle, automobile, and train. However it will be useless to try to ride the train as it is used for transporting phosphate within Nauru. There are no taxis in this area. The locals will suggest a car rental that will be an easier option in going around Nauru.
How to get there
In order to get to Nauru, travellers can opt to book their flights going to Nauru International Airport. This airport is the only airport in Nauru. Skyscanner is a website where cheap flights are available for travellers to who are looking for the cheapest flight options. The airlines that are operating in Nauru International Airport are Nauru Airlines and Pacific Air Express.
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