Tuvalu is an island located in the Pacific Ocean. The island is halfway between Hawaii and Australia and its nearest neighbors are Fiji, Samoa, and Kiribati. Tuvalu is made up of four reefs and five true atolls. The Tuvaluan language is spoken by all the natives on a daily basis, even though English is the official language.
The Funafuti Conservation Area is on the western side of the atoll. The area, consist of land and water alike. There are six uninhabited islets with native broadleaf forests and coral sand beaches. The islets are home to many nesting sea birds, turtles, and coconut crabs. The clear water lagoon gives visitors a chance to see colorful fish swimming in and out of the coral reefs. The Funafuti Conservation Area plays an important role in conservation on the island mass. Many of the plants and animals, such as the Green turtle are endangered and the reserve gives ample opportunity to help the population grow and expand among the atolls. Visitors are encouraged to explore and swim in this beautiful conservation area.
Nanumea is the northernmost atoll in Tuvalu. The atoll played a pivotal role in the allied defense of the South Pacific during World War II. Nunumea housed a bomber base and remnants of the base can still be seen on the atoll. The war relics have been put to good use here. The local people have turned most of the buildings into sheds and etc. Even though the airstrip is no longer in use the only way to reach the atoll is by boat. Visiting Nanumea is like stepping back in time. The atoll is still very much unspoiled and shows what island life is really like in the South Pacific.
Niulakita is the southernmost island in Tuvalu. There is no lagoon on this atoll, but a swamp in the center of it. There are though four ponds located on the atoll. Niulakita was not populated until 1949 when overcrowding on Niutao forced many to move. There are about 35 plus villagers living here as of 2002. This gives visitors to Niulakita a chance to get acquainted with the local people and their culture without the typical tourist traps.
Nui consist of 21 islets and has a population of about 540 people. This was the first island seen by Europeans in Tuvalu. The islands 21 islets surrounding the land mass is dotted with beautiful beaches and swaying palm trees. The blue waters and crystal clear lagoons make this a great place to relax on the beaches or take a swim.
On Amatuku there is an eatablished naval school for seamen. The school provides training for young men for jobs on foreign commercial ships. There are about 60 graduates every year that take jobs world-wide. Visitors can get permission from the head master to take a tour of the school. The housing for the students is laid out amongst picturesque palm trees and there is also an old mission located here. The mission is made out of coral rock and is one of the oldest buildings on the grounds. This site is quiet impressive and gives many picture taking opportunities.
The Vaiaku Lagi Hotel is the only hotel in Tuvalu. The hotel is government owned and has been totally remodeled. The Vaiaku Lagi has a nice bar, dance floor, and a comfortable lounge for guests. This hotel offers guests fishing, snorkeling, and a pool. There are many cultural activities hosted by the hotel and guest, are encouraged to join in the fun. The hotel also has a restaurant serving European dishes along with fresh caught lobster being the crown jewel on the menu. The atmosphere is relaxed and the staff is warm and welcoming.
Tuvalu is one of the most unspoiled islands in the South Pacific. Tuvalu has about 100 visitors a year to this tropical paradise. With the low number of tourists, it gives visitors a chance to explore this country without the crowds. The island has become a favorite for travelers wanting to experience the real South Pacific in its natural state.