TUVALU TRAVEL GUIDE
INTRODUCTION TO TUVALU
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.
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.