Nauru Holidays, Events, Climate and Sightseeing

Nauru: Holidays, travel time, national customs

Public holidays

There are a number of public holidays that do not have a fixed date, but are based on the location of Easter. Easter takes place on the first Sunday that follows the first full moon after the beginning of spring. Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, which ends on Holy Saturday, is 46 days before Holy Saturday. The date for Pentecost is then 50 days after Easter. The Corpus Christi festival is celebrated on the 2nd Thursday after Pentecost. All Saints’ Day is celebrated for Orthodox Christians on the 1st Sunday after Pentecost, but for Catholic Christians the date is fixed on November 1st. On October 31, Protestants celebrate Reformation Day. The Halloween festival also takes place on this day.

Date Holiday
January 1 New Year
31 January Independence day
March April Easter
17th of May National Day, Constitution Day
October 26 Angam Day, the holiday, was introduced when the population had grown back to 1,500 people
December 25th and 26 Christmas

Source: Countryaah – Nauru Holidays

Nauru: climate

The climate of Nauru is tropical. It is tempered by southeast trade winds from May to September. The average rainfall is around 2,000 mm per year. The rainy season is from November to February, during which time typhoons can also be expected.

The average temperature is around 28 degrees Celsius all year round.

The best time to travel to Nauru

The best time to travel is outside of the rainy and typhoon seasons. In the months of May to September, the climate is most pleasant, due to the trade winds.

Climate table

month average number of rainy days mean maximum temperatures in (°C) mean minimum temperatures in (°C)
January 14-15 30-31 23-24
February 11-12 30-31 23-24
March 06-08 31-32 24-25
April 05-06 31-32 24-25
May 04-05 31-32 23-24
June 05-06 31-32 23-24
July 10-11 31-32 23-24
August 09-10 31-32 23-24
September 05-06 31-32 23-24
October 05-06 31-31 23-24
November 09-10 31-32 23-24
December 12-13 31-32 23-24

Nauru: national customs

Hunting the Noddy Bird

The Nauruans hunt the bird with nets at night. To attract the birds, cassette recorders play the bird’s songs.

Nauru: sightseeing

UNESCO World Heritage Site

There are currently no UNESO world cultural or natural heritage sites in Nauru. At the moment there are no proposals for Nauru to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Special structures

Nauruan Parliament Building

The Nauruan Parliament Building, also known as the House, is located in Yaren. Most of the parliament building is made of Australian marble.

Port

The port facility for shipping the phosphorus. The huge steel booms for faster loading of the phosphorus ships are impressive structures.

Command Ridge

This is the highest point in Naurus, where the remains of the cannons of the Second World War can still be seen.

Museums and galleries

NPC museum in town

Crafts and arts center in town.

Churches

Orro Congregational Church/Aiwo

University of the South Pacific

The University of the South Pacific was founded in 1968. Due to the geography of the South Pacific states, the university is spread over many locations. The University of the South Pacific is funded by 12 states, these are:

  • Cook Islands
  • Fiji Islands
  • Kiribati
  • Marshal Islands
  • Nauru
  • Niue
  • Solomon Islands
  • Samoa
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu

The main campus of the university is located in Suva, Fiji Islands. A total of around 16,000 students are currently studying at all branches. The University of the South Pacific offers the following degree programs:

  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Computer science
  • journalism
  • tourism
  • Social sciences
  • environmental Protection
  • Economics

Natural beauties

Anibare Bay

Anibare Bay is the only bay in Naurus and invites you to swim and surf with its white coral sand.

Lunar landscape

The lunar landscape, an industrial landscape that was created by the mining of phosphorus.

Moqua Well

The Moqua Well, or Makwa Well, is an underground lake with an area of 2,000 m².

Sports

Golf

There is a free 9-hole golf course on the island.

Diving and snorkeling

The waters around Nauru are ideal for diving and snorkeling.

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