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Pleasant Island

By Linda Tancs

You can count Queen Elizabeth II among the cohort who have ever visited Nauru. Larger than just Vatican City and Monaco, it’s the world’s smallest island nation, counting only some 200 visitors each year. Once coined Pleasant Island by British whaler John Fearn, this Micronesian island once ruled by Australia (among others) totals eight square miles and is easily walkable, in a single day if you like. Its phosphate reserves once made it the richest country on Earth but also contributed to the demise of marine life. Nowadays it caters to deep-sea fishermen and war history buffs seeking a rusty Japanese outpost from World War II. Nauru Airlines offers flights from Brisbane, Australia.

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