Size doesn’t matter when it comes to great travel destination. Take the nation of Tuvalu for example.
It’s one of the tiniest on the planet as it’s approximately 15 square miles in area and is home to just 12,000 residents. It’s actually a nine-island group that sits in the South Pacific Ocean.
Tuvalu was called the Ellice Islands in the mid 1970s when it was a British protectorate. However, it gained independence in 1978 and is now making its name known as a wonderful place to visit. The islands are rich in natural beauty and are a wonderful place to explore colourful coral reefs, swim, snorkel, dive, fish, and sail.
The region was originally inhabited by Polynesian settlers from Tonga and Samoa and the Europeans stumbled upon it in the mid 1500s. The islands became a British colony and in 1916 were joined with Gilbert Islands.
One of the most popular areas to visit is the Funafuti Marine Conservation Area, as it has five little islets that are uninhabited and protected. A trip here will give you a taste of what it’s like to live on a real deserted island. It’s filled with fine white sand, beautiful lagoons, dense forests, reefs, seabird colonies, green turtles, brightly colored fish, and wonderful palm trees.
Tuvalu attracts a lot of seas divers and hikers as they love to explore the ancient sunken ships below the water and the airplane wrecks on land, dating back to the Second World War.
The islands are rich in history and culture and the excellent weather makes it a great place to check out at any time of the year. There’s an international airport located on the capital of Funafuti and you also have the choice to land on the spectacular islands by sea.