WHY VISIT TUVALU
Tuvalu, the world’s second-smallest country and, according to the United Nations, one of the least developed, fulfills the classic image of a South Sea paradise. Visitors come to the islands to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and palm-fringed beaches. Pandanus, papaya, banana, breadfruit, and coconut palms are typical. Traditional buildings with thatched roofs can be seen virtually everywhere on the islands.
Most activity is centered in the capital, Funafuti, where the greatest attraction is the enormous Funafuti Lagoon. The lagoon is 14km (9 miles) wide and about 18km (11 miles) long and is excellent for swimming and snorkeling. The second most populated island in the atoll is Funafala, which can be visited by hopping aboard the Funafuti Island Council’s catamaran. There are no shops whatsoever in Funafala, so visitors should take their own provisions.
WHEN TO GO TO TUVALU
The best period to visit Tuvalu is from March to October.
The climate is humid and hot with a mean annual temperature of 30°C (86°F) and comparatively little seasonal variation. March to October tends to be cooler and more pleasant, whilst some discomfort may be experienced during the wet season from November to February.
Following is a list of typical festivals and celebrations of Tuvalu.
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HOW TO REACH AND TRAVEL THROUGH TUVALU
In Funafuti, the best way to get around on the main island (called Fongafale) is by motorbike – rent one for $10 a day or hitch a ride on the back of someone else’s. No one wears a helmet, and there don’t seem to be any available for rent, but people tend to ride slowly and there’s little traffic. There are no flights to Tuvalu’s outer islands; they’re accessible by passenger ferry from Funafuti, and it can be a long trip (overnight or multi-day trips aren’t uncommon).
GENERAL INFORMATION ON TUVALU
health tips & vaccination: keep up to date with your traditional vaccines, and add those for typhoid and hepatitis A and B. Get treatment for malaria. Do not drink tap water, peel your fruit, and cook your vegetables.
local currency: Australian Dollar
local time zone: GMT +12
electricity: type I (220 V – 50 Hz)
WHAT TO DO IN TUVALU
typical food in Tuvalu
souvenirs from Tuvalu
- Tuvalu weaving
- shell jewellery
- tulumas, the traditional lidded wooden boxes used by fishermen
SIMPLE TUVALUAN DICTIONARY
Thank you: Fafetai
What is your name?: Ko ai tou ingoa?