Midway between Hawaii and Australia, Tuvalu, at one time known as the Ellice Islands, is a Polynesian island nation, comprised of three reef islands, along with six true atolls. Within the island’s immediate surroundings include Kiribati, Nauru, Samoa, and Fiji. The islands of Tuvalu are divided into local government districts that consist of more than one islet, such as Funafuti, Nanumea, Nui, Nukufetau, Nukulaelae, and Vaitupu, along with government districts with only one island such as Nanumanga Niulakita, and Niutao. All throughout Tuvalu experiences a tropical climate, from March to November, easterly trade winds balance the temperatures, while from November to March, westerly gales bring in heavy rain.
What to see & do
Explore Tuvalu through its atolls and coral reefs. The island nation boasts the perfect setting for diving snorkelling, and yachting, among others. Although the island does not boast of many city-like destinations, it is a sublime sanctuary for nature lovers and water adventure seekers.
Activities on the island include diving and snorkelling, yachting, cultural and traditional dances, and sports, among others. Scuba diving and snorkelling within the surroundings of the island are among the top activities to be experience when in Tuvalu. Upon arrival, most, if not all, of the hotels inland can assist with diving equipment rental as well as directing interested visitors to the best spots in the territory. Charter yachts on the other hand provide a great way to explore all of the Tuvalu islands. Island hopping and fishing can be done during the excursion. Head down to the local town hall or Maneapa to witness various cultural ceremonies. The Matagigali bar also hosts evening events and discos. As the Tuvalu’s national game, te ano, or ‘the ball’, is also a cultural hit, with its gameplay consisting of two teams that line up facing each other, and the competition starting when a member throws the heavy ball at the opposing team, who in turn must hit the ball back using their hands. In this game, points are scored when the other team drops the ball, with the game ending when a team reaches ten points. Losers are expected to perform a funny song and dance number which is intended to let the winners come recover from their excitement and return to their usual conditions. Other destinations within the inland also include historic and archaeological spots.