Flights to Tuvalu – A Tranquil Beach Getaway
Located just south of the Equator between Australia and Hawaii, is the world’s fourth smallest country, Tuvalu. An independent state, this isolated island country was once under the British rule, accounting for the British influence on its culture. Surrounded by turquoise water and outlined by kaleidoscopic coral reefs, Tuvalu is nature’s wonder. A diverse marine life, unspoiled water bodies, thrilling watersports, several tiny islands, and unique stamps, define Tuvalu.
Best time to visit Tuvalu
Tuvalu has a hot and humid climate with few seasonal variations. The months of March to October are cool and pleasant. The country receives rainfall between November to February. The best time to visit Tuvalu is during the dry months between April to September.
How to reach Tuvalu
Reaching Tuvalu may be difficult, due to the unavailability of frequent international flights to the country. However, you can travel to Canada, Fiji, USA, Australia, or New Zealand and further board Air Pacific to Funafuti International Airport in Tuvalu, which is the only international airline flying to the country. Airport shuttles are available outside the terminal to reach the city center. Tuvalu is 6 hours 30 minutes ahead of India.
Accommodation in Tuvalu
Tuvalu offers a decent number of hotels and guest houses for accommodation. Their tariffs start from INR 4,000 and go up to INR 15,000 per night for private home stays. Most hotels provide all basic facilities, while upscale stays offer several luxury and leisure activities too!
An island country that it is, Tuvalu has several options to explore wildlife and the marine ecosystem. Funafuti Marine Conservation Area is one such place, home to turtles, sea birds, and tropical fish. Experience solitude in the true sense at Funafala, one of the most populated islands in Tuvalu. The island has no shops, adding to the pristine charm of the place. Funafuti Lagoon, in the capital city of Funafuti, is a major tourist attraction for its enormity. It is a good place for swimming and snorkeling. Stamps of Tuvalu are famous all over the world, hence a visit to their Philatelic Bureau is a must.
Indulge in water sports, which define the country. Relax with a match of Kilikiti, the Tuvaluan version of cricket, and enjoy your favorite sport in a new way. Time travel to the World War II at Nanumea (which played an important role during the war), as you enjoy the untouched beaches and scenic beauty of the place. If you are a marine lover, a visit to Vaitupu Island should not be missed. The coral reefs here make the place unmatched. Nui is an excellent destination to indulge in fishing.
Shopping in Tuvalu
Apart from the regular souvenirs such as key chains, refrigerator magnets, T-shirts, mugs, etc., Tuvalu handicrafts are a popular take-home item for most tourists. The intricately woven mats, rugs, and baskets are detailed, yet simple. Traditional necklaces, Tuvaluan stamps, wood carvings, trays, and clam shells comprise other must-buy items.
Eating out in Tuvalu
Being an isolated country, the Tuvaluan cuisine is not influenced by any international cuisine, except for the British cuisine. Pulaka (swamp taro) comprises the staple diet here and is eaten in different forms – baked, roasted, or dried. Fish is eaten on an everyday basis, combined with pork, chicken, or eggs to add variety. Laulu (a taro leaf in coconut cream), Palusami (fish and other ingredients wrapped in banana leaves), Uu (coconut crab), and Ula (crayfish), are the must-try dishes here.
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