Saturday, September 18, 2021

Things To See in Tuvalu

Australia and OceaniaTuvaluThings To See in Tuvalu

Tuvalu is hardly a destination for people looking for great sightseeing. Not only is the island country tiny, but it also lacks any city-like destinations or architectural history. There are no hills, mountain ranges, rivers, or gorges to speak of. Nonetheless, it is a lovely oceanic location where you may spend your time relaxing in the shade of palm trees on one of the beautiful beaches. Traditional local culture is still very much alive in Tuvalu, making the people one of the country’s most valuable assets. Traditional dance is only done on rare occasions, and the best place to see it is in the local “maneapa” (town hall).

The Funafuti Conservation Area, located on the western side of the Funafuti atoll, has some of the finest natural views, including reefs, the beautiful lagoon, channel, portions of the ocean, and island ecosystems. Its diverse marine life makes it an ideal location for scuba diving or snorkeling.

The huge stationing of US soldiers during WWII left the island country with a variety of wartime remnants, including airstrips, bunkers, and aircraft wrecks around the main island of Fongafale and near the town of Nanumea. Motulalo, a small island near Nukufetau, also contains an airport and several aircraft wreckage. The Philatelic Bureau on Funafuti is a must-see for anybody interested in postal stamps. The Tuvalu Women’s Handicraft Centre, located near the airport, is an excellent location to view and purchase native goods. If you have time, take a boat to one of the outlying islands and appreciate the locals’ talents at creating decorations, fans, mats, baskets, or woodcarvings.