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Wonders of Tuvalu

Funafuti in Tuvalu - road and ocean
Funafuti – road and ocean / ssr.ist4u, Flickr. CC BY-SA 2.0

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Tuvalu is an island country. Total area of these scattered islands is just 26 km² – this is one of the smallest countries in the world. The highest elevation in islands is only 4.6 m above the sea level – thus Tuvalu is the lowest country in the world.

Nevertheless, the islands are covered with lush green vegetation and inhabited by interesting people with distinct cultural traditions.

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WorldViolet Top 3 wonders of Tuvalu

Tepuka and Fuakea islands

Funafuti

Thus far only on those small islands in the south-western part of Funafuti atoll has been found an endemic lizard – a gecko Lepidodactylus tepukapili.

Te Faleatua

Nukulaelae

Large stone – a site in the abandoned Niuko village where in pre-Christian times religious rites were practicised.

Nanumanga Fire Caves

Nanumanga

Undersea caves, approximately 37 – 46 meters under sea level. The cave has dark patches on the roof and blackened fragments of coral on its floor, suggesting that people lived here long before the coming of Polynesians – more than 8000 years ago. This find contradicts the current assumptions of the sea-level changes.

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Where the Hell is Tuvalu?


How does a young City attorney end up as the People’s Lawyer of the fourth-smallest country in the world, 12,000 kilometers from home?

We’ve all thought about getting off the treadmill, turning life on its head, and doing something worthwhile. Philip Ells dreamed of turquoise seas, sandy beaches, and palm trees, and he found these in the tiny Pacific island state of Tuvalu. But neither his Voluntary Service Overseas briefing pack nor his legal training could prepare him for what happened there.


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