Nauru

Etymology

Nauru was first inhabited by Micronesians and Polynesians at least 3,000 years ago. There were traditionally 12 clans or tribes on Nauru, which are represented in the 12-pointed star on the country’s flag. Traditionally, Nauruans traced their descent matrilineally. Inhabitants practised aquaculture: they caught juvenile ibija fish, acclimatised them to fresh water, and raised them in the Buada Lagoon, providing a reliable source of food. The other locally grown components of their diet included coconuts and pandanus fruit. The name “Nauru” may derive from the Nauruan word Anáoero, which means “I go to the beach.” [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Free the Children Nauru – The asylum seeker and refugee children doomed on Nauru speak out and share their dreams and hopes with other children around the world. [facebook]

Nauru Eko Dogin – Nauru Eko Dogin- Represents an alliance of independant Members of Parliament in Nauru.
Many united by a common goal will be strong and effective in creating positive change. [facebook]

OD-N Aiwo Hotel – The OD-N-Aiwo Hotel is located in Aiwo on the Pacific island state of Nauru; it is the smaller one of the two hotels in Nauru, after the Menen Hotel. It is the tallest building in Nauru. [facebook]

Refugees on Nauru – To clarify any doubts, One of the admin on this page is a refugee currently living in Nauru. [facebook]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Connecting Singles – Connecting Singles is a 100% FREE Nauru dating site where you can make friends and meet Nauru singles. Find an activity partner, new friends, a cool date or a soulmate, for a casual or long term relationship. Meet quality singles in your Nauru area or worldwide looking for Nauru dating, friends, love, marriage, romance, or just someone to chat or hang out with. [connecting singles]

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Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Pure Travel – Nauru is an island nation and is officially known as the Republic of Nauru. Once known as Pleasant Island and located in the Micronesian South Pacific, the country is the least populated in the United Nations. Dotted with pinnacles, the island is fully surrounded by coral reef, thus making it a destination for varied water sports. [pure travel]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Anibore Bay – Relax at Anibore Bay, probably the most beautiful beach on the island (although the sea currents are dangerous). [world travel guide]

Anibore Harbour – Take a dip in Anibore Harbour, which is the best bet for swimming, as most beaches are too shallow and rocky. [world travel guide]

Australian rules football – Watch the local teams battle it out at an Australian rules football match. The national game is played all through Saturday at the Linkbelt Oval sports field. [world travel guide]

Command Ridge – Walk up to Command Ridge, Nauru’s highest point, and view an entire country. [world travel guide]

Game fishing – Head out to sea and try your luck at game fishing. [world travel guide]

Lunar-like landscape – Take a look at the island’s bizarre interior, where years of phosphate mining have exposed jagged coral pinnacles, leaving a lunar-like landscape. [world travel guide]

National weighlifting team – Look out for Nauru’s national weighlifting team in training. The team has had some recent international success, notably at the Commonwealth Games. [world travel guide]

Traditional sports – Catch a more traditional sport. The Frigate bird game is the most distinctive, and there are several popular ball games and wrestling games of local origin. [world travel guide]

Yaren – In Yaren, spot the remains of Japanese guns, bunkers and pillboxes left over from WWII. [world travel guide]

Festivals

Festivals

Angam Day – While many other countries worry about overpopulation, Nauru must maintain a number of at least 1,500 residents in order for its people to survive for generations to come. The island’s population plummeted to barely over 1,000 people following dysentery and influenza epidemics during the first two decades of the 20th century. The baby who pushed the island’s population back up to 1,500 entered the world on October 26, 1932, and her birthday has been a national holiday ever since. After the original Angam baby became one of approximately 500 Nauruans who perished during a WWII evacuation to the island of Chuuk, a second Angam baby was born in 1949. The word angam translates roughly to “celebration” or “homecoming” in English. [iexplore]

Constitution Day – Less than four months after Nauru became an independent country, they signed their first constitution on May 17, 1968. Sports competitions take place throughout the island to mark this important event in its history, and the day begins with a colorful team parade. The last day is the national track and field championships, where athletes run on a crushed coral track that coincides with Constitution Day. The national track and field champions go on to compete against other athletes from across the South Pacific. [iexplore]

Independence Day – Each January 31, the people of Nauru celebrate the anniversary of the day the island officially became the tiniest independent republic on Earth by hoisting flags, singing the national anthem and speeches made by local politicians. The holiday begins with a fishing competition followed by wrestling matches, tug of war and other lively sporting events. A clean-up competition also takes place among the island’s districts. [iexplore]

National Youth Day – Although September 25 is Nauru’s official Youth Day, the island’s young people host island-wide activities throughout the week. This emphasis is on healthy living and active pursuits on the island infamous for having the world’s largest percentage of obesity. Volleyball, tug of war and a relay race around the Nauru International Airport airstrip are just some of the competitions held during this vibrant festival. [iexplore]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Taxis and Car Rental – This tiny island has no taxi service, and car rental is most easily obtained from local vendors, hotels or the Capelle and Partners department store. The Nauru International Airport runway cuts across nearly two miles of the island’s 12 mile long ring road. The only traffic lights stop cars whenever flights are arriving or departing. [iexplore]

Trains and Buses – Outside of a courtesy shuttle service between the Menem Hotel and Nauru International Airport, Nauru’s only public transportation is a community bus which makes hour-long journeys across the island several times a day. The island’s three miles of rail track are reserved for phosphate mining areas. [iexplore]

Water Taxis – Boat journeys to and from Nauru can be arduous as the island lies 186 miles from its nearest neighbor, Kiribati’s Banaba Island. Volatile Pacific Ocean conditions often detour vessels from Australia, Japan and New Zealand. [iexplore]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Living in Nauru – Formerly known as ‘Pleasant Island’, Nauru’s past riches grew thanks to the phosphate deposits unearthed back in the 1900. This resource shot the tiny island into infamy. But resources can only last so much, Nauru’s quick ascent met also an even quicker descent. However tragic the waning spotlight, Nauru’s tiny resolve stood its ground; the country still had its sparkling clear waters and breathtaking sceneries to offer would-be-wanders and indulgent tourists .Taking a trip down to the Pacific islands? Check out our Nauru guide to get you up to speed. [expat woman]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Resources

Resources

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