A French island collectivity out of the South Pacific, is Wallis and Futuna Islands, or officially known as the Territory of the Wallis and Futuna Islands. Named as a French overseas collectivity in 2003, the territory is located near Tuvalu to the northwest, Rotuma of Fiji to the west, and Samoa to the east. The territory is made up of three main volcanic tropical islands, together with islets. The territory islands are divided into two islands groups called Wallis Island or Uvea and Hoorn Islands or Futuna Islands for the northeast and southwest, respectively; the islands also include then Futuna Island proper and Alofi Island, which is barely inhabited.
The climate within the territory is mainly hot and rainy starting November to April, while May to Octobers are dry and cool. Average temperatures within the territory record at 26.6 degrees Celsius or 79.9 degrees Fahrenheit, but nothing below 24.0 degrees Celsius or 75.2 degrees Fahrenheit, with rainy day temperatures mostly playing in the middle of 28.0 degrees Celsius or 82.4 degrees Fahrenheit, to 32.0 degrees Celsius or 89.6 degrees Fahrenheit. When in Wallis and Futuna Islands, the populace mostly speaks Wallisian or Uvean, Futunian, and French, varying with Wallis Island mainly using Wallisian or Uvean, while Futuna uses mainly Futunian.
What to see & do
The top destinations within Wallis and Futuna Islands include the Talietumu, Pierre Chanel Church, and Lake Lalolalo. These locations show what Wallis and Futuna Islands can offer its visitors.
Talietumu, a carefully restored archaeological site, was at one time a Tongan settlement with wide defence walls by the entrance way, surrounded by structures, platforms, and a stockade base.
Pierre Chanel Church is within the immediate premises of the quiet villages by the northwest of Futuna’s airport. The church, also called Petelo Sanele in Futunian, features relics of the saint, along with some articles of his clothing and a war club, which was believed to have finished him. St. Chanel was killed in 1841, and was declared a patron saint of Oceania in 1954.
Lake Lalolalo forms an almost perfect circle, and can be found within one of the best preserved primary forests on the island. The lake also has rocky cliffs and deep waters.
How to get around Wallis and Futuna Islands
When in Wallis Island or Uvea, travelling via its 120-kilometre paved roads is ideal. Some, if not all, of the main villages on Futuna can be accessed via paved but rough roads. Since there are no public transportation services available on the islands, walking and hitchhiking are commonly done. By walking along the side of the road, most locals will stop and offer a ride to your destination, just be prepared to get on the back of the vehicle (mostly pick-up trucks). If walking or hitchhiking is not your style, the island can also be explored via car hires available for daily usage.
How to get there
The public airport that serves Wallis and Futuna Islands is the Hihifo Airport. Hihifo Airport operates flights to and from Futuna, Nadi, and Nouméa via Pointe Vele Airport, Nadi International Airport, and La Tontouta International Airport, respectively. For international travellers, it is recommended to fly in via Nadi International Airport and La Tontouta International Airport, with their flights to and from destinations that include Auckland, Christchurch, Gold Coast, Seoul, Brisbane, Melbourne, Osaka, Sydney, and Tokyo, via airlines such as Air New Zealand, Aircalin, Korean Air, and Qantas. Get to Wallis and Futuna Islands, today! Skyscanner provides the best promo fares and fare comparison to Wallis and Futuna Islands. Book the cheapest flights from both budget and scheduled airlines.