Formerly known as the Ellice Islands, the eight islands, (Nanumea, Niutao, Nanumaga, Nui, Vaitupu, Nukufetau, Funafuti,  Nukulaelae and tiny Niulakita),  separated from the Gilbert Islands after a referendum in 1975, and achieved independence from Great Britain on October 1, 1978. The population of 10,200 live on Tuvalu's nine islands, which have a total land area of 10 square miles. 

 This ranks Tuvalu as the fourth smallest country in the world, in terms of land area.

Tuvalu's small size and almost total lack of exploitable resources suggest that most of the population will remain dependent on subsistence   farming and fishing being the primary economic activities.  Crops are coconuts, taro, pandanus fruit, and bananas.

The islands are too remote for development of a large-scale tourist industry, although well worth-while for island-hopping adventurers!

 

CLIMATE:  

Hot, tropical climate with very little seasonal variation; average temperature 30 degrees Celsius; heavy rainfall, averaging approximately 10ft per year; and, very occasionally subject to hurricanes - severe cyclones struck in 1894, 1972 and 1990. The wettest season is November to February.

Time: Greenwich Mean Time plus 12 hours

Funafuti, pronounced "foo-NAH-footi", is the capital of Tuvalu. The administration offices are all located in Vaiaku Village on Fongafale Islet, Funafuti atoll.

The Global Warming or Greenhouse effect plays havoc with these low lying atolls, and therefore benefit from worldwide visibility.

Inter-island  ferries and flights from Fiji, the Marshall Islands and Nauru secure transport.

The Australian dollar is the legal currency of Tuvalua. 

 

The flat islands seldom rise higher than 15 feet above sea level. Five of the islands, Funafuti, Nukufetau,  Nukulaelae,  Nui, and Nanumea are atolls large, roughly circular columns of coral which rise up almost vertically from the sea bed, forming a reef, with coral islands occurring where the coral rises above high tide level. Large lagoons are enclosed within the coral reef. Many "artificial" lagoons are on the various islets of Funafuti, as the results of extracting material for the runway built by American forces during World war II. The remaining four islands are pinnacles of land rising up solid from the sea bed. Coconut palms cover most of the land.


 
 
Accommodations
 
 1.   Vaiaku Lagi Hotel
 2.   Filomena Lodge
    

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Vaiaku Lagi Hotel

The Vaiaku Lagi hotel has 14 comfortable, clean, air conditioned rooms, featuring a fridge, tea and coffee facilities and a telephone, however there is no hot water in the shower. All rooms have sweeping views of Funafuti Lagoon just steps away.

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Filomena Lodge

Moderate accommodations in Funafuti, complimented by a good restaurant and bar. 

 

 

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