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Nauru remains a nation where laughter rings out in the most unlikely places. They are a most hospitable people and it is impossible to walk more than ten meters without being offered a lift.

The flood of asylum seekers is seemingly unquenchable and Nauru may well have found a new source of income as a buffer zone in Australia's Pacific solution to its refugee problems. Many Nauruans however seem less concerned with the economics involved than with the dimension of human suffering. They have donated piles of used clothes, hats and toys, and a number of families have asked asylum seekers to lunch. Nauru is a most hospitable nation.


 

Travel Information, Hotel Meneñ, Nauruan Hospitality

The Meneñ Hotel has, for many years, been a place where both locals and guests meet for business and pleasure. It offers facilities of international standards, along with warm island hospitality.

One hundred and nineteen well appointed rooms feature television and video, fridge, and tea and coffee making facilities. The bars and restaurants offer breathtaking ocean views. Anibare Restaurant serves international cuisine, specialising in seafood and the Oriental Restaurant offers Thai, Chinese and Indian dishes.

Indoor and outdoor recreation areas including a gaming room, a swimming pool and all-weather tennis courts, barbecues and gift shops are available. Guests also have access to Nauru's nine hole golf course, deep sea fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving on the reef and island tours of the mined areas.

Conference facilities are available up to 200 people. Courtesy transport from the airport, rental cars, laundry service, secretarial, facsimile and photocopying services can be arranged. Children under twelve are free of charge if sharing a room.

Although Nauru is not a typical tourist destination, Meneñ Hotel ranks among the Pacific's most comfortable hotels.

For More Information Contact:
Meneñ Hotel
P.O. Box 298
REPUBLIC OF NAURU
Telephone: +674 4443300
Facsimile: +674 4443595

NATURE

Native sea-birds are plentiful. Vegetation includes pandanus, coconuts, tomano trees and frangipanni. The climate is tropical with temperatures ranging between 24.4 degrees C and 33.9 degrees C, kept temperate by the sea breezes.

HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS

January 31 - Independence Day

May 17 - Constitution Day

October 26 - Angam Day

THE SIGHTS

Nauru is made up of the raised central plateau surrounded by a fertile coastal fringe. The plateau, known as "topside", is the site of mining and is for the most part made up of limestone pinnacles, a truly unique landscape. In contrast, the coast has lush and verdant vegetation. There are two hotels in Nauru, the recently refurbished Menen Hotel and the OD-N-Aiwo Hotel. Self-drive cars are available for a daily charge, plus a charge per kilometre, and taxis are available. The Menen Hotel operates a courtesy airport service.

FOOD AND ENTERTAINMENT

Traditional feasts are popular. The Menen Hotel has two restaurants and a regular barbecue. Reynaldo's offers excellent Chinese cuisine.

ACTIVITIES

Game Fishing is on the edge in Nauru. The Pacific Island of Nauru is a unique new game fishing hotspot where exciting pelagic action is often only a five minute boat ride away, the food is great, and the people - warm and hospitable.

Nauruans play a number of sports. Fishing, scuba diving and snorkelling are popular. Nine holes of golf and tennis are available. Tours of the mined area are available through the Menen Hotel.

SHOPPING GUIDE

Menen Hotel boutique has gifts and books. Other stores sell a variety of food and goods. Tobacco and alcohol are duty free. The Nauru Philatelic Bureau offers a range of sought-after Philatelic issues of Nauru.

NATIONAL TOURISM OFFICE

The National Tourism Office has available Arts & Craft Centre which features handicrafts both for display and sale. In addition The National Museum features a variety of photographs from pre-war and post-war years, as well as odd artifacts from Nauru's history including cooking utensils, etc.

The National Tourism Office can be contacted as follows:

Director of Tourism
Department of Economic Development
Telephone: (674) 444-3181 ext. 310
Facsimile: (674) 444-3891

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