The Micro Nation of Nauru

5 Days
from AUD$ 3,500

Single Supplement AUD$ 1,261.00

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  • Visit one of the smallest and most controversial islands on the planet
  • Discover historical WWI and WWII relics from hidden bunkers and secret caves in Nauru
  • Hike the entire perimeter of Nauru
  • Explore the old mine site of ‘Topside’
  • Snorkel in pristine waters

Explore one of the worlds least visited countries, Nauru, shrouded with its own fascinating history, modern controversy and mystere.

Nauru delivers dramatic unexpected landscapes of piercing pinnacles left over from the countries wealthy phosphate mining era tangled with lush jungle and a pancake like island ringed with pristine reef. WWII relics can be found high on hill tops and strangled by undergrowth. War prisons, hidden caves bunkers…

Nauru’s phosphate mining put the country on the map. It was the world’s wealthiest country per capita for a short period, before the island of ‘guano’ created from thousands of millennia of seabirds nesting here, became exhausted and the country’s economy plummeted. The controversial processing centre is one of the few lifelines of income to the island of Nauru, but again, this is only a short term solution. Meet the refugees who keep this island ticking (for the moment) – running the local supermarkets, the barbers, the restaurants. Understand the real meaning of isolation and let your tourism dollars make a difference, even it does seem small.

The future for Nauru is simply an unknown.

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Day 1 - Arrive Nauru

Welcome to Nauru! Flying into Nauru is quite incredible. This flat pancake like island nation, seems to just bob in the middle of the Central Pacific with ocean blue as far as the eye can see. Best known as a phosphate rock island and for the mining which raised and then destroyed the country’s economy as well as Australia’s refugee processing centre, Nauru is one of the smallest countries on earth as well as being one of the least visited.

Upon arrival at the airport, transfer to your hotel for check in and lunch. This afternoon there will be an excursion to Anibare Bay. Formed by the underwater collapse of the east side of the volcano that underlies Nauru, a large arc shaped block slid away from the side of Nauru and rotated out. You will find a classic Polynesian sandy beach, cool ocean breezes, and pristine blue waters at Anibare Bay. Stroll along a fine stretch of white sand surrounded by palm groves and take a dip amongst the beautiful coral pinnacles. Be sure to pack a snorkel! Dinner this evening will be included at The Bay restaurant. (L & D)

Overnight at Ewa Lodge or similar

Day 2 - City Tour

After breakfast, it is time to set off to explore what would be Nauru’s capital if it had one. This morning you will visit the Parliament Buildings and the High Court. Lunch today will be at Odn Aiwo.

One of the myths about Nauru, is that the refugees are locked away in the processing centre peering at the outside world through chicken wire fences. This is not the case at all. The refugees are what makes Nauru so fascinating. They are the people running the restaurants, barber shops, hospitals, local supermarkets, bars on the beach – many are business owners contributing to the country’s economy. The refugees are welcoming and laid back. We make time to speak with the local refugees not just today, but every day we are here on the island to hear about life on Nauru, life before Nauru and their hopes for the future. Life is tough on Nauru, but not necessarily in the way we may think. This is an incredibly empowering educational experience and will really shape your impression of Nauru and life on the island. (B,L)

Overnight at Ewa Lodge or similar

Day 3 - WWII Relics

Did you know that Nauru was occupied by Japan during WWII from 1942–45. And prior to that German occupied in WWI and that the islands original name was Pleasant Island. Nauru is covered in hidden bunkers, secret caves, shipwrecks and artillery. After breakfast, it is time to explore the WWII relics at Yaren. Visit some of the machine gun nests on the hillsides as well as the double-barrelled anti-aircraft guns which are still on their mountings on Command Ridge near ‘Topside’ Phosphorus mines. Take in some of the sites from the now abandoned mines and the lunar like landscape left behind. Vegetation is only now slowly starting to come back to the island after years of being baron post mining. From Topside, you will also see the processing centre from above.

For lunch today, enjoy a fish and chip picnic before continuing onto Buada lagoon, the only body of water on the island. This is a very picturesque spot in the lower middle of the island. The lagoon is surrounded on all sides by dense palm trees and other vegetation. Swimming is not recommended here. (B,L)

Overnight at Ewa Lodge or similar

Day 4 - Island Walk

After breakfast, get your walking shoes on and walk the entire perimeter of the island (approx 19km). We set off early as it gets hot once the sun is up! Nauru is one of the few countries in the world where you can walk the entire country in around 5 hours. Pass stunning beaches, rusty remains of the phosphorus mines, hidden bunkers and slow island life. Chat with the locals as you stroll – some may join you for the walk! Lunch today will be in a local Chinese restaurant. (B,L)

Overnight at Ewa Lodge or similar

Day 5 - Nauru Departure

Today is yours at leisure until it is time to head to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

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What’s included

  • Transportation as per the itinerary
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 4 Breakfasts
  • Services of local guides
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • International and domestic flights
  • Visas
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • All services, meals other than those indicated above
  • Personal porters
  • Any changes to the proposed and confirmed program.
  • All items of a personal nature e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips etc

**Please note that this tour can be organised on request for private departures.

* Pricing is subject to change at anytime until full payment has been received.

* A minimum of 2 adults is required to guarantee this departure.

A non-refundable deposit of $1000 AUD per person is required to secure your place. Final payment is due no later than 60 days prior to departure. Travel insurance is mandatory for travelling with Crooked Compass. For full terms and conditions, please click here.



Start Date
End Date
Start Date
02nd Aug 2023
End Date
06th Aug 2023
5 Days
$3,500 AUD