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  • 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.
  • 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, however, during periods of bad weather Nauru does not have a safe or suitable anchorage and all moorings are exposed to the open water.
  • 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, however, this is not possible in bad weather.
  • Assistance and services for yachts is very limited, but provisions and fuel can be obtained at island prices.
  • Australia maintains a detention facility on the island for asylum seekers.  Due to the presence of this facility, Nauru is not recommended as a cruising destination.

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  1. October 2, 2018 at 10:39 AM
    Lynda Lim says:

    I worked on the island back in 1973. As pleasant as my stay was on the island there is not a lot to see as you can drive around the island in 20 minutes. There are the mined out phosphate fields and a few World War 11 war relics and that is it…..

  2. July 20, 2013 at 2:27 AM
    Data Entry3 says:

    “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.