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Nauru

Republic of Nauru (map) and formerly known as Pleasant Island, is an island country and microstate in Oceania, in the Central Pacific. With only a 21 km2 (8.1 sq mi) area, Nauru is the third-smallest country in the world behind Vatican City, and Monaco. Mining has stripped and devastated about 80 per cent of Nauru’s land area. Nauru is hit by monsoon rains between November and February, but rarely has cyclones.

Every year, there are on average 200 tourists in Nauru, so it has the honour of being the least touristed country in the world. Crowds aren’t a problem at all. If you’re looking for sandy beaches, cool ocean breezes, and pristine blue waters, you’ll find precious little of the sort. A sealed road goes all the way around the island and driving takes about 25 minutes non-stop. A bicycle ride takes 2-3 hours, and a walk maybe 6 hours.

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The Nauru experience is pretty much the exact opposite of all the typical South Pacific island clichés. If you’re looking for sandy beaches, cool ocean breezes, and pristine blue waters, you’ll find precious little of the sort. In fact, if you’re looking for pretty much anything that can be described as flashy or tourist-oriented, you’re out of luck.

::: Source: Drew Binsky

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