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Cheap flights from Tuvalu

The fourth smallest country in the world is Tuvalu, formerly known as the Ellice Islands. It is a Polynesian island nation situated in the Pacific Ocean, midway between Hawaii and Australia. It is comprised of three reef islands and six true atolls, with a total land area of 26 square kilometres (10 square miles) and a population of 10,837. Its capital is Funafuti. The official languages spoken throughout the islands are Tuvaluan and English. It was a former British colony of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands, until ethnic differences within the colony caused the Polynesians of the Ellice Islands to be separated from the Micronesians of the Gilbert Islands. Tuvalu’s independence was granted in 1978. It experiences a tropical climate, with easterly trade winds moderate the weather between March and November, while westerly gales bring heavy rain during the remainder of the year.

Where to go

Funafuti is an atoll wherein the capital of Tuvalu is located. It has 29 islets, the biggest of which is Fongafale, followed by Funafala. At least three of the islands are inhabited: Fongafale, the main island in the east, Funafala in the south, and Amatuku in the north. There’s not much information regarding the tourist opportunities in Funafuti. The best thing would be to explore the atoll to learn more of its people, customs, and traditions, rather than exploring sights. Fongafale has four villages and community meeting places where you can interact with its residents. Tausoalima Falekaupule is the traditional meeting house in the capital. Visit Fetu Ao Lima of the Church of Tuvalu, the most prominent building in the atoll. You can also check out the remains of Japanese aircraft that crashed on Funafuti during World War II. If you happen to be visiting in October, you can catch the "Independence Day Sports Festival," a major sporting even held annually at Fongafale. Another would be the Tuvalu Games, known as perhaps the most important sports event within the country.

A little less than two hours from Funafuti by plane is Suva, the capital of Fiji. Here you can check out The Fiji Museum, where you can learn the country’s history and see artefacts from all around the South Pacific. Do your shopping in Suva Municipal Market, which sells all kinds of different tropical fruit and vegetables. If you’re looking for handicrafts, there’s the Municipal Handicraft Centre, where you can find rows upon rows of Fijian wooden carvings, straw goods, and Fijian handicraft souvenirs. Have a taste of Suva’s food, which is largely influenced by Indian flavour. For cheap and delicious authentic Fijian curry, visit Singh's Curry House at the corner Gordon Street and Victoria Parade. Other restaurants worth checking out are Ashiyana, Maya Dhaba, Fr, Scott's, Palm Court Bistro, and Bulaccinos.

Fiji Airways serve only one destination from Funafuti. Therefore, long haul flights are not available. The best option is to book a connecting flight from Nausori International Airport in Suva, Fiji, where more destinations are offered.

How to get out

Funafuti International Airport is the airport that serves Tuvalu’s capital. Fiji Airways flies from Suva (originating from Nadi) in Fiji to Funafuti on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

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