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Introduction

Yaren is the capital of Nauru and has about 800 inhabitants. The district was created in 1968. Its original name, Makwa (or Moqua), refers to Moqua Well, an underground lake and primary source of drinking water for Nauruan people. Yaren is located in the south of the island. Its area is 1.5 km2, and its elevation was 25 metres as of 2007. To the north of Yaren is Buada, to the east is Meneng and to the west is Boe.

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Sights and Activities

The Moqua Well, a small underground lake is situated in Yaren. The name of the well 'Moqua' (sometimes referred to as 'Makwa') is derived from the former name by which Yaren was known. During World War II, Moqua Well was the primary source of drinking water for inhabitants of Nauru. It is for this reason that the body of water is referred to as a well instead of a lake. In 2001, Nauruan authorities decided to put up a fence to prevent accidents, after an alcohol-related drowning in the same year. Nearby are the Moqua Caves, a series of underground caves below Yaren.

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Weather

Yaren has a tropical climate with humid and warm conditions year-round. The average maximum temperatures are around 30 °C to 32 °C, while temperatures during the night are still a balmy 24 °C or 25 °C during most night. The wet season lasts from November to February, but duing the last years the wet season has varied a lot and sometimes there was even a draught period. Generally, from April to October things are drier and sunnier and the easterly trade winds cool things off a bit.

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Getting There

By Plane

The international airport in Yaren receives a number of flights and the national airline is called Our Airline, also known as Air Nauru. Currently, there is only one aircraft serving the route from Brisbane to Nauru via Honiara (Solomon Islands) and from Nauru on to Tarawa (Kiribati) and Majuro (Marshall Islands) twice weekly.

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Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

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