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Nauru Travel Guide

Nauru — Attractions

Nauru may not initially appear to contain many tourist attractions on its surface, but the island does hold a few unusual landmarks worth a closer look. Buada Lagoon is one of the few places on the island where trees grow freely. The Moqua Well, actually an underground lake, and Moqua Caves stand steps from the parliament building and the airport. Nauru’s highest point, the 213-foot Command Ridge, may not look like an impressive mountain peak, but its summit is among the few in the world where climbers can admire the view of an entire country.

Yaren

The district of Yaren is Nauru’s largest community and the closest thing the island has to an official capital. The island’s police and earth stations, administration offices, parliament house, and only international airport are all situated here. In 2003, Yaren’s entire population was no more than 1,100 people.
Address: southeast Nauru
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Buada Lagoon

The palm trees and vegetation growing around Nauru’s only freshwater lagoon are among the only plant species found on the island. Although the lagoon’s water is too dirty for swimming, it remains a popular spot for photography and picnic lunches. No other bodies of water flow into this unique lagoon whose depths range between 78 and 256 feet.
Address: Aiwo District, Nauru
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Moqua Well and Moqua Caves

Many locals still refer to this underground lake as a well because it was Nauru’s main drinking source during WWII. Although the lake and its namesake caves stand next to Nauru International Airport, they remain difficult to find without assistance because a fence has blocked access ever since a drunk man accidentally drowned there in 2001. The ancient limestone caves and cliffs stand mere steps from Nauru’s national parliament buildings in Yaren and were both named after the town's original name.
Address: Nauru International Airport airstrip, Nauru
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Anibare Bay

This beautiful Anibare District bay boasts Nauru’s most beautiful tropical beach. A strip of white coral sand that stretches more than a mile across the island coast, swimmers and surfers still need to watch out for strong underwater currents and waves, which often strike with little notice. The bay and beach are especially beautiful beneath the light of a full moon. In 2000, the Japanese established Anibare Harbor, the island’s best place to fish and swim.
Address: Anibare District, Nauru
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Command Ridge

Nauru’s highest point stands 213 feet high and is among the few peaks in the world whose summit boasts a view of an entire nation. A car and some local directions are necessary to reach this point where the Japanese stood guard over the island during WWII. Two rotating six-barrel guns and a communications bunker with Japanese writing is inscribed are the most visible souvenirs from this time period.
Address: Aiwo District, Nauru
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Central Plateau

The phosphate mines in Nauru’s uninhabited interior, which the locals refer to as "topside," were once the backbone of the island’s economy. During the 1960s and 1970s, the country ranked among the world’s richest nations. Although most of the island’s phosphate and wealth have now disappeared, the central plateau’s unique landscape resembles the surface of the moon and is still worth the journey inland.
Address: central Nauru
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