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post Aug 29 2009, 01:40 AM
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Nauru - 'Ekamawir Omo'
Nauru is located in the deep, blue Pacific Ocean waters north of the Solomon Islands. An uplifted coral formation, Nauru is just 21 kilometres square and lies some 40 kilometres south of the Equator.
One of the smallest nations on earth, with a mostly Micronesian population of around 10,000 people.

Nauruís Weather
Nauruís weather is tropical with temperatures ranging between 24.4 Celsius and 33.9 Celsius. Heat is kept temperate by cooling sea breezes. The tropical weather has a monsoonal pattern, with a rainy season from November to February. North-east trade winds blow from March to October and average humidity is 80%.

Nauruís Land
Nauru boasts 30 kilometres of coastline, ringed on all sides by the amazing expanse of the Pacific Ocean. Sandy beaches rise to a fertile coastal belt around raised coral reefs. The interior is a raised, unique moonscape made up of limestone pinnacles. The legacy of the islandís only export, phosphate mining, the plateaus are an important part of the islandís economic history. There is talk of a secondary source of phosphate being utilised. However some of this land is now also being considered for other purposes, such as regeneration and building projects.

Nauruís Flora and Fauna
Birdwatchers will enjoy plenty of native sea bird sights. Surrounding deep water provides accessible deep sea game fishing for tuna, marlin, skipjack, barracuda and many more.
Natural vegetation includes pandanus trees, coconut palms, tomano trees and the Pacificís most recognised flower, the beautiful frangipani. The land surrounding the Buada lagoon is used to grow some vegetables and bananas

Nauruan Public Holidays
Angam Day (26 October) Ė The word Angam means homecoming and the day commemorates the various times in history when the size of the Nauruan population has returned to 1,500 which is thought to be the minimum number necessary for survival.
Independence Day (31 January)
Constitution Day (17 May)
National Youth Day (25 September)

Money: Nauru uses the Australian Dollar.

Time zone: Nauru is GMT/UTC +12

Electricity: Australian plugs and sockets are used

Visas: Visitors need to apply for a visa before their arrival, through one of the government's overseas offices. Visas cost A$100. A A$50 departure tax applies to all visitors.
*note prices are a guide only.

Capital: Due to its small size, Nauru has no capital. The governmentís offices are based in the Yaren district.

Language: Nauruan, but English is also widely spoken. Perhaps due to the isolation of the island of Nauru, the Nauruan language is said not to be similar to any other Polynesian island language.

Some useful Nauruan words:

Ekamawir Omo Ė Greetings/Hello/Welcome
Tubwa Ė Thank you
Omo Yoran Ė Good Morning

Getting to the island of Nauru

Air Nauru, now known as Our Airline, operates a Boeing 737-300 series aircraft out of Brisbane. One aircraft flies the Brisbane-Nauru-Tarawa-Majuro round-trip twice weekly. The Nauru airport is in Yaren, next to Parliament House, the police station and the administration offices.

Our Airline Offices
Nauru Civic Centre
PO Box 40
Republic of Nauru
Ph +674 444 3141
F +647 444 3705

Level 3, 99 Creek Street
Brisbane QLD 4000
Ph +61 7 3229 6455
F +61 7 3229 6344

Level 7, 50 Queen Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Ph +61 3 8610 1406
F +61 3 9614 3700

Information sourced from:
Discover Nauru

Other notable websites:
Nauru - LonelyPlanet

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Sounds like a great place! Have you been? If you have, I'd have to say I'm jealous! Thanks for the write up smile.gif


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