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The cartographers put Tuvalu in Micronesia but sociologists would
prefer to cart them off to Polynesia, as culturally that is where the majority of the
inhabitants originated from.
About Tuvalu, Formerly The Ellice Islands, Map
of The Pacific Islands.
Available for Travel
Formerly known as the Ellice Islands, Tuvalu is a
group of atolls, south of the Equator and north of Fiji. The main
island of Funafuti is the capital.
The total land area is only about 26 square kilometres, but the nine
islands on the coral atolls extend to almost 600 kilometres.
In 1974, ethnic differences within the British colony of the
Gilbert and Ellice Islands caused the Polynesians of the Ellice Islands to vote for
separation from the Micronesians of the Gilbert Islands.
The following year, the Ellice Islands became the separate British
colony of Tuvalu.
Tuvalu achieved independence in 1978, but still relies heavily on a
trust fund set up by Great Britain, Australia,
and New Zealand.
Weather in The Pacific:
Local weather forecasts for destinations around the Pacific region.
Getting to Tuvalu
Fiji Airways, formerly Air
Pacific, connects Funafuti with Nadi, Suva, Hong Kong and Auckland.
Getting Around Tuvalu
The Nivaga II and Manu Folau sail between the outer islands every
couple of weeks.
Where to Stay in Tuvalu
The government-owned Vaiaku Lagi Hotel, in the centre of Funafuti
town, is the only hotel in Tuvalu. Set on the lagoon side of the island, visitors have
incredible views of the sunset.
One of the smallest and most remote countries on Earth; six of the
nine coral atolls - Nanumea, Nui, Vaitupu, Nukufetau, Funafuti, and Nukulaelae - have
lagoons open to the ocean; Nanumaya and Niutao have landlocked lagoons; while Niulakita
does not have a lagoon.
Being made up of low lying coral atolls and islands Tuvalu's very
existence is threatened by rising sea levels.
Tuvalu Home Page:
Plenty of photos of Tuvalu.
Government of Tuvalu's official Tourism web site.
Islands Travel Guides - Pacific
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