Six of Tuvalu islands, Nanumea, Nui, Vaitupu, Nukufetau, Funafuti and Nukulaelae, surround wonderful lagoons open to the ocean. Other islands, Nanumaga and Niutao have completely landlocked lagoons while Niulakita has no lagoon at all.
The question that concerned the scientists of the 19th century was to find out how the coral rock of Tuvalu extends for hundreds of meters beneath the sea, while corals formation is only possible in shallow waters. Even prominent Charles Darwin was busy with this question and visited the Pacific in 1835-36 to put forward his theory that coral islands had been built on slowly subsiding volcanic rocks. Many years later, the Royal Society of London set the expedition to obtain a sample of corals far beneath the surface of the see and all the samples showed to contain the traces of shallow water organisms.
Holidays in Tuvalu are not only the investigation of its amazing history of scientific ideas, but also a visit to very spectacular nature scenes and outstanding unspoiled beaches. Water activities and shopping, hanging out in bars and restaurants featuring renowned Polynesian dancing, traditional celebrations, bicycling and motorcycling are just some of things you can do here. Add to this almost Spartan style of travel and accommodation, and you obtain a perfect picture of recreational and reliving holidays in Tuvalu.
The most popular spot for holidays in Tuvalu is the Funafuti lagoon, which is about fourteen kilometers wide and some eighteen kilometers long. The lagoon is full of wonderful variety of multi-colored tropical fish and is perfect for fishing, swimming and snorkeling. Funafuti is not only the most spectacular lagoon but also the capital of Tuvalu. Who could ever think that the capital can be so small? Funafuti is a very tiny atoll with the width of about twenty meters at the narrowest parts, and about 300-400 meters at the widest parts of the island. The estimated population of Funafuti is four thousand people.
There are many facilities including a multi-purpose court to play tennis, volleyball or basketball. On your holidays in Tuvalu, be sure to visit the Tuvalu Women's Handicraft Centre located near the Airport and the Funafuti Women's Craft Centre, both of which offer excellent Tuvalu handicraft.
However, do not be surprised that you will find here the only hotel with all important facilities including bar, beach, entertainment, restaurant, facsimile, air-conditioning, ceiling fan, conference room, laundry, and telephone. This is Vaiaku Lagi Hotel situated in the centre of the town about fifty metres from the airport facing the Funafuti lagoon. Other places to stay are the Fisherman's Lodge, The Hideaway Guest House, Su's Place Guest House and Filamona's Lodge. They are ideal options for budget holidays in Tuvalu.
The International Airport is also located on Funafuti Island and is quite comfortable with such facilities as a VIP lounge, bank, restaurant, snack bars, bars, chemist, Post Office and shops. The pick up services to Vaiaku Lagi Hotel are available.