Tuvalu is one of the most isolated, smallest, and undeveloped countries in the world. Located midway between in Australia, only the most dedicated and adventurous tourists touch down on this tiny atoll. However, once you get there you’ll be amazed by the friendly welcome and the peace and quiet of these paradise islands. So much so, that you’ll not want to leave!
In this post, we’ll look at the best beach activities on offer. Hopefully, it’ll help you make the most of your time in Tuvalu.
Given that paddle boarding began in the South Pacific, why not try it somewhere close to its ancestral home? Paddle Boarding is a great way to experience the calm waters of the Funafuti Lagoon or perhaps have a go at SUP surfing at one of the island beaches – though do be aware that the seas can be quite rough and the currents strong here. Also, make sure to wear shoes while paddle boarding (and with all other water activities in Tuvalu). Stonefish are an occasional hazard.
SUP is a great way to keep fit as you travel as it’s a great workout for your core. But more importantly than that, it’s a lot of fun!
It might be a bit of a hassle finding a rental shop on Tuvalu, so instead check out these paddle boards for sale. Get yourself an inflatable one and it’ll be easy to transport on your adventure to Tuvalu and beyond in the Pacific Islands.
While you probably won’t find paddle boards to rent in Tuvalu, you will find fishing equipment in the capital Funafuti. You can practice fishing in the lagoon. If you really want to engage with local culture, find someone who lives on the island and see if they will take you with them. It’ll not only give you a chance to enjoy a beach activity together, but to learn more about living in Tuvalu.
Swimming in the sea in Tuvalu is not recommended owing to strong currents and tides. Luckily, the waters in the Funafuti Marine Conservation Area (also known as the Funafuti Lagoon) are much calmer and perfect for swimming and snorkelling. There are 6 tiny islets in the marine park which are protected. In the waters around them, you’ll be able to see turtles and tropical fish through your goggles. The lagoon is huge and you should easily find a quiet spot in the 18 x 14km body of water.
As we recommended earlier, wear shoes while swimming so that you don’t step on a stonefish. Their venomous stings can cause severe pain and in some cases death if left untreated.
Should you want to visit the uninhabited islets in Funafuti Atoll, that’s possible too. You’ll need a chartered or private boat which are available for hire in the capital. You can also visit the island of Funafala, the second most populated in the atoll. There are no shops here though, so you’ll need to bring your own food and drink for the duration of your stay.
While snorkelling will allow you to take a peek at what’s under the water, if you really want to immerse yourself in the marine scene on Tuvalu, then you’ll have to give scuba diving a go. And the best place for scuba diving in Tuvalu? That’s Nanumanga. One of the atolls of Tuvalu, there’s more to see here than just turtles, coral reefs and tropical fish (although it’s pretty amazing to see them).
In the late 80s, remains of an old settlement were found submerged in the sea. You can explore the caves, known as the ‘fire caves’ on a scuba diving expedition from Funafuti.
Not strictly a beach activity, but while you’re in Tuvalu it’d be a shame not to find out more about the history and culture of the island. Visit the South Pacific Centre and Philatelic Bureau – especially important for any stamp collectors visiting the island. You can also see several historic WWII sites including old plane wrecks and an underground bunker on Tepuka Islet.
To see what modern day culture is like in Tuvalu, there’s no better place to head than the airfield. This is where the locals meet up and play sports like te-ano.
Last but not least, how many chances will you get to be in a place like Tuvalu? Head to one of its white sand beaches and just realise how special that moment is. And do absolutely nothing. Just open up your senses, take in the sights, sounds, and smells of this wonderful place. Clear your mind and this moment will stay with you for a lifetime!
Now that you know more about the best beach activities in Tuvalu, you’ll probably want to book your trip for an authentic slice of South Pacific island life. Should you want more information on Tuvalu or any of the other 18 island nations in the South Pacific, check out South Pacific Islands. Here you’ll find useful travel tips, itineraries, and information on how to make the most of this once in a lifetime adventure!