Nauru is composed of one tiny island in the Pacific Ocean. Its economy was based on exporting phosphate, which made it briefly one of the wealthiest countries in the world in the 1970s, until the deposits ran out. It now has 90% unemployment. The interior of the island is badly damaged by strip mining.

Due to its small size and mining operations, there is little natural beauty that would attract tourists. Beaches are unremarkable and there are no mountains. There are a handful of World War II relics. English is spoken throughout. There is one return flight a week from Brisbane, Australia.


Nauru flag

Why you should go:

It is a unique place.

Why you shouldn't:

It's little more than one big mine.

Map of Nauru