Things to Do in Tuvalu
Things to see and do in Tuvalu, Tuvalu highlights, Tuvalu activities and attractions, and points of interest in Tuvalu - the ALL NEW Jasons Tuvalu Things to Do Guide is your complete guide to sightseeing in Tuvalu.
- World War II Relics
During the war, American troops attacked enemy bases in Kiribati from their bases on Tuvalu. Wartime relics include an old runway on the north-eastern side of Nanumea and the remains of World War II planes, and a wreck on the reef near the village of Numea. There is a second runway and plane wrecks on Motulalo islet in Nukufetau. The island of Fongafale was the main base for soldiers and there are war relics here, as well as an underground bunker on the islet of Tepuka.
- Marine Life
Tuvalu enjoys a spectacular marine environment with a vast array of colourful tropical fish, particularly in the larger lagoons. Turtles frequent the waters and nesting sites can be found on many islands. Large sharks are common, and dolphins and whales may also be seen.
Tuvalu's handcrafts are famed throughout the South Pacific and include intricately woven fans, mats and baskets, as well as trays, necklaces, wood carvings and fish hooks carved from wood or clam shell. Souvenirs can be bought at Women's Handcraft Centres, which are located at the airport and also on the outer islands.
- Archaeological Sites
One of the Pacific's few remaining pre-Christian sites can be found on the islet of Niuoka in Nukulaelae atoll. The large stone 'altar' is surrounded by a low stone curb, and was thought to have been a sacrificial site.
There are some magnificent churches in Tuvalu, including the large Gothic-style church at Nanumea, with its stained glass windows and high steeple. Visitors can climb the steeple and enjoy wonderful views from the top.
- Dancing & Feasts
The people of Tuvalu have a very distinctive form of dance and music. Dancers use traditional Polynesian hand movements, and women wear a dress made from pandanus leaf strips. Headdresses are made of coconut, shells or flowers. Drummers keep time by beating on low wooden stands. There are often feasts with dancing at the local Maneapa (meeting house).
Tuvalu's most northerly island has a lovely lagoon, providing safe anchorage for yachts, and a freshwater pond. There are also World War II relics, including a cargo ship and several plane wrecks.
This outer island has a small lagoon dotted with coral outcrops, and several palm-fringed sandy beaches.
Nukufetau's lagoon is fringed by islets, sandbars and coral reef. The eastern islets provide nesting sites for seabirds.
Within the lagoon, Niuoku and Tumiloto islets have some of the best seabird nesting sites in the area.
Tuvalu's most southern landmass is ringed by a reef, with white-sand beaches and lush vegetation.