FUNAFUTI

Tuvalu

Info Funafuti

introduction

Funafuti is an atoll on which the capital of the island nation of Tuvalu is located. It has a population of 6,194 people, making it the most populated atoll with 57.2 percent of Tuvalu's population.

It is a narrow sweep of land between 20 and 400 metres (66 and 1,312 feet) wide, encircling a large lagoon 18 km (11 miles) long and 14 km (9 miles) wide. With a surface of 275 square kilometres (106.2 sq mi), it is by far the largest lagoon in Tuvalu.

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POPULATION : City: 6,194 
FOUNDED : 
TIME ZONE :
LANGUAGE : Tuvaluan, English, Samoan, Kiribati (on the island of Nui)
RELIGION : Church of Tuvalu (Congregationalist) 97%, Seventh-Day Adventist 1.4%, Baha'i 1%, other 0.6%
AREA : 2.4 km2 (0.9 sq mi)
ELEVATION :
COORDINATES : 08°30′54.72″S 179°11′57.843″E
SEX RATIO : Male: 
 Female: 
ETHNIC : Polynesian 96%, Micronesian 4%
AREA CODE :
POSTAL CODE :
DIALING CODE : +688 
WEBSITE :

Tourism

The Funafuti Conservation Area on the western side of the Funafuti atoll has some of the best natural sights, and includes reefs, the gorgeous lagoon, channel, parts of the ocean and islands habitats. Its diversity in marine life makes it an excellent place for scuba diving or snorkelling.

Traditional local culture remains very much alive, making the people of Tuvalu one of the nation's best assets. Traditional dancing is performed on special occasions, and the local "maneapa" (the town hall) is your best chances of experiencing one.

The massive stationing of US troops in the Second World War left the island nation with a number of war time remains, including airstrips, bunkers and plane wrecks along the main island of Fongafale and near the village of Nanumea. The tiny island of Motulalo in Nukufetau has an airstrip too, as well as some plane wrecks. If you have any interest in postal stamps, the Philatelic Bureau on Funafuti is a must-see. The Tuvalu Women's Handicraft Centre at the airport is a good place to see and buy local crafts. If you have time however, try catching a boat to one of the outer islands and admire the local people's skills in making ornaments, fans, mats, baskets or woodcarvings there.

History

The founding ancestor of the people of Funafuti is described as being from Samoa.The name of one of the islets Funafala means 'the pandanus of Funa', the name of a chief, after whom also the atoll has been named Funafuti.

The first European to visit Funafuti was Arent Schuyler de Peyster, of New York, captain of the armed brigantine or privateer Rebecca, sailing under British colours.Arent Schuyler de Peyster passed through the southern Tuvalu waters in May 1819 sighting Funafuti, which he named Ellice's Island after an English Politician, Edward Ellice, the Member of Parliament for Coventry and the owner of the Rebecca's cargo.

Climate

Climate data for Funafuti

MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Average high °C (°F)31
(87)
30
(86)
30
(86)
31
(87)
31
(87)
30
(86)
30
(86)
30
(86)
30
(86)
31
(87)
31
(87)
31
(87)
30.5
(86.5)
Average low °C (°F)27
(81)
27
(81)
27
(81)
27
(81)
28
(82)
27
(81)
27
(81)
27
(81)
27
(81)
27
(81)
27
(81)
27
(81)
27.1
(81.1)
Source: Weatherbase

Transportation - Get In

Transportation - Get In

By plane

Funafuti International Airport, with the amusing airport code of FUN.

Fiji Airways flies from Suva in Fiji twice a week using an ATR 42/72 aircraft.

 


Transportation - Get Around

There is one main road in Funafuti in addition to the runway, which is used for recreational purposes when landings are not scheduled. Motorbike is the best way to explore the island some costing roughly $10 per day. The other islands are only accessible by boat.

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Shopping

There is a handicraft centre at the airport terminal selling local handicrafts.

The Tuvalu Co-operative Society has 2 stores on Funafuti that sell a limited range of groceries.

Restaurants

There are many lodges that have restaurants that serve food and beverages. They serve many types of ethnic cuisines such as Chinese, Italian and Indian. Fish is abundant since the island is surrounded by water.

Coffe & Drink

Bars serve soft drinks and alcohol during meal times.

Sights & Landmarks

The Funafuti Conservation Area on the western side of the Funafuti atoll has some of the best natural sights, and includes reefs, the gorgeous lagoon, channel, parts of the ocean and islands habitats. Its diversity in marine life makes it an excellent place for scuba diving or snorkelling.

Traditional local culture remains very much alive, making the people of Tuvalu one of the nation's best assets. Traditional dancing is performed on special occasions, and the local "maneapa" (the town hall) is your best chances of experiencing one.

The massive stationing of US troops in the Second World War left the island nation with a number of war time remains, including airstrips, bunkers and plane wrecks along the main island of Fongafale and near the village of Nanumea. The tiny island of Motulalo in Nukufetau has an airstrip too, as well as some plane wrecks. If you have any interest in postal stamps, the Philatelic Bureau on Funafuti is a must-see. The Tuvalu Women's Handicraft Centre at the airport is a good place to see and buy local crafts. If you have time however, try catching a boat to one of the outer islands and admire the local people's skills in making ornaments, fans, mats, baskets or woodcarvings.

Things to do

The national game is te ano (the ball). Two teams line up facing each other hitting a ball. The objective is to keep the ball in the air as long as possible. This is similar to volleyball.

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