Hotels in Tuvalu
Tuvalu is a small group of only nine islands in the Pacific, but a paradise doesn’t have to be big. And Tuvalu is certainly one of them – a Garden of Eden on the Earth. Its history started in the 14th century AD when people from Tonga and Samoa decided to settle here and made this place their home. But at the beginning of the 19th century, the islands of Tuvalu underwent a lot of misery from colonizers. In 1978 Tuvalu islands finally got independence. Most of the islands are covered with palms and the nature is very beautiful there: coral reefs, white sand, rich marine life, sweet lagoons and gentle tide. However, there are fears that the island could go under water in our century, because of global warming.
Where to go in Tuvalu?
If you have ever dreamt of visiting a desert island this is a perfect place for it. Five of the Tuvalu tiny islands are uninhabited and they are called the Funafuti Conservation Area. Fishing, hunting and gathering are not allowed there, so they are representing the nature as it was hundreds of years ago. There grows a dense cluster of the forest where there live millions of birds. The beaches are full of nesting green turtles, which are not afraid of people and the corals at the shore are a home for many species of beautiful bright fish. The area exists from 1996 and it is open for tourists and water sports lovers.
Nanumea Atoll is the pride of Tuvalu and it’s one of its most beautiful atolls. Nanumea has a freshwater pond, and this is a rare thing for atolls like that. The other sight is definitely a large church, which underwent a lot of damages at the times of WWII. There still can be found shipwrecks and rusty cargoes reminding people of how precious is the peace.
Funafala is the second of two most populated islands. There you will become a witness of the everyday life of locals living in Polynesian style houses, fishing for food using traditional for these islands methods and ancient boats. The community living there is very small and they are always happy to see new faces and foreigners. Funafala Island is a perfect place to spend there a day walking, exploring and relaxing. You can get to the island by a catamaran from the capital of Tuvalu.
Located on the main island of Funafuti Tuvalu Philatelic Bureau is a place where there are sold and exhibited the most rare stamps in the world. There you can buy a really unique stamp, which will not only remind you of visiting this place but also might become a real treasure in the future. This place is a paradise for the stamp collectors. Even those ones who had never been interested in stamp collecting agreed that this place is worth visiting.
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