Tuvalu

TUVALU TRAVEL GUIDE

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Tuvalu is the second smallest country in the world in terms of population, closely following Nauru at just 11,000 citizens, and measures just 26 square kilometres, making it the fourth smallest in terms of size, after Monaco, Nauru and The Vatican.

 

Tuvalu is not a destination for those in search of spectacular sightseeing opportunities. The island nation is not only small, it also lacks any city-like destination or architectural heritage. There are no hills or mountain ranges, no rivers or gorges. And yet, it is a delightful Pacific destination, where your time is well spent in the shade of a palm trees on one of the pretty beaches. Traditional local culture remains very much alive, making the people of Tuvalu one of the nation's best assets.

 

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TUVALU QUICK FACTS

  • Capital: Funafuti
  • Currency: Australian dollar (AUD); note - there is also a Tuvaluan dollar
  • Area: 26 sq km
  • Population: 11 508 (2018)
  • 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%
  • Electricity: 240V/50Hz (Australian plug)
 

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TUVALU PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 2nd Monday in March, Commonwealth Day
  • Monday after 2nd Sunday in May, Gospel Day
  • 2nd Monday in June, Queen’s Birthday
  • 1st Monday in August, National Children’s Day
  • 1 October, Independence Day
  • 11 November, Heir to the Throne Day

Also, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Monday.

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TUVALU WEATHER SYNOPSIS

Tuvalu has a tropical climate with consistently high temperatures year-round (25-30°C) and high mean annual precipitation (2,500-3,000mm). Precipitation variability is high, with wet years receiving twice as much rainfall as dry years. Variability is linked to regional weather patterns, with higher rates in El Niño years and reduced rates during La Niña years. The tropical cyclone season in Tuvalu tends to run from November to April and the dry season from May to October.

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TUVALU TOURIST SEASONS

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SPORT & ACTIVITIES

SNOW SPORT IN TUVALU

HIKING & CYCLING IN TUVALU

The best time to enjoy outdoor activities in Tuvalu is during the dry season from May to October. Westerly gales and heavy rain are common from October to March.

BEACH OPTIONS IN TUVALU

The best time to enjoy the beautiful beaches of Tuvalu is during the dry season from May to October. Just note that you will most likely have to visit the Funafuti Conservation Area to find clean water for swimming as the main island's coast is rather polluted.

SURFING IN TUVALU

KITESURF IN TUVALU

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HEALTH RISKS IN TUVALU

Be aware of possible health risks in 

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Yellow fever - The yellow fever virus is found in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa and South America. The virus is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no medicine to treat or cure an infection. To prevent getting sick from yellow fever, use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and get vaccinated.

Zika Virus - Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.

Malaria - Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.

Dengue - Dengue is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. About one in four people infected with dengue will get sick. For people who get sick with dengue, symptoms can be mild or severe.

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