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By No owner — last modified Aug 13, 2013 03:02 PM

 Nauru - Profile

Facts

  • The Republic of Nauru is one of the smallest countries in the world, an eight square mile coral island, lying just south of the equator, west of Kiribati.
  • A stark island with little vegetation, but once a very wealthy state due to its phosphate resources. Now, with the mine nearing exhaustion, the country's future is very uncertain.
  • In 2008 Australia ended its policy of housing refugees on the island, however this was reinstated in 2012 with much opposition. See comment below about latest news reports.
  • Nauru is a pleasant enough island and can be a useful stop, especially in an emergency, for boats bound for the Solomons or Papua New Guinea, as it has good provisions and also fuel.
  • There is only an open roadstead in the lee of the island, very deep for anchoring, where some mooring buoys have been laid for large ships. If there is not too much surge and there is space available, it may be preferable, if draft permits, to try and enter the small boat basin.

Security

The political situation here is unstable and the presence of over 1000 migrants in the detention centre adds to the tension.

Weather

The climate is equatorial, 81°F (27°C) being the average temperature. The island is not affected by tropical cyclones.

Naura Weather Forecast.

A useful guide to South Pacific weather resources complied by a Noonsite contributor, Rory Garland.

For links to free global weather information, forecast services and extreme weather information see the Noonsite Weather Page.

Main Ports

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* indicates port of entry

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Del Elson
Del Elson says:
Jul 20, 2013 02:27 AM

"In 2008 Australia ended its policy of housing refugees on the island." -- that is no longer the case and the very unpopular and volatile policy of housing of refugees on Nauru has been reinstated. Recent news reports indicate that there have been several riots on the island, with numbers of detainees having escaped from custody. I recommend avoiding visiting Nauru for the forseeable future.

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