|Being one of the smallest countries in the world, Tuvalu certainly isn’t steeped in tourist attractions! Tuvalu is a tropical island destination and one which may only be considered by tourists who are happy to spend a bit more money getting here, and who want a fairly remote and quiet holiday destination. This is because there aren’t too many flights to Tuvalu, or other options for getting here, so air tickets can be on the pricey side.
You’ll also find that Tuvalu isn’t big on hotel accommodation – there is in fact just one hotel on the island! This is a state run hotel and is situated in the capital Funafati, just steps away from the airport. Although facilities are generally quite good here, there is apparently no hot water, but there is a restaurant serving all meals and a lively nightlife! If you don’t fancy the island’s only hotel, Tuvalu locals also operate guest houses for visitors, though you will find that these are of a very basic standard.
If you’d like to explore Tuvalu the best way is to rent a scooter. These are very reasonably priced for a day’s hire and you don’t have to worry too much about traffic because there isn’t much of it. Alternatively you can visit some of the other islands of Tuvalu. Ships do go between them, but not frequently so be aware that if you get off on one island you could be there for the next 2 weeks!
As you may already have imagined there are not many places to shop in Tuvalu. In Funafati there are two stores which sell a small range of groceries and at the airport there is also a handicraft centre where you can buy locally produced handicrafts.