An independent island in the British Commonwealth countries, Tuvalu comprises of 9 main islands with a number of atolls and reefs. But apart from the natural beauty that this country boasts of, it is known for the heart breaking World War II sites of which it was a vital point. There are various things to do in Tuvalu. There are calm waters for snorkelling, scuba diving and doing all of these activities in between sea turtles and fish. It is also a lovely place for bird watchers as there are various inhabited islets that have exotic birds.
Nationals of Schengen countries can stay visa free for up to 90 days. Nationals of China may enter Tonga and stay for up to 30 days. Citizens of of American Samoa, Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Belize, the Cayman Islands, the Cook Islands, Fiji, the Gambia, Gibraltar, Grenada, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Montserrat, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, South Korea, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, the United Kingdom, Vanuatu and Zambia can stay visa free. The rest of the citizens have to apply for a visa.
When to go
The best time to visit Tuvalu is from April to October as it is the dry season and the rains will not disrupt any of your plans during this time. March is also a nice time with cool breezes and decent flight prices along with great deals for accommodation.
Destinations to cover
There is not plenty to see and not plenty of things to do in Tuvalu. But, with Tuvalu it is not really about the quantity of the attractions and more about the quality of places. You should go diving and also try out game fish preferably in Funafuti. Other places to include in your Tuvalu travel guide are Funafala, Philatelic Bureau, spend some time watching the game of Kilikiti and visit Funafala.
Get in and around
There is only one way to get into Tuvalu and that is through the airport at Funafuti. The flights are really limited and mostly only Fiji airways operate out of this airport. To get around you have to use the boat if you are planning on visiting other islands. Otherwise, you can rent a motorbike for roughly Ten USD and move around on it. There is no public transport here as such.
Hotels and Food
There are not many options available in terms of budget, mid range and luxury.You will find most accommodations to be guest houses and they are also mainly situated in Funafuti. Remember to try out the sea food, especially the local dishes as they are simply exquisite.