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Tuvalu, the world's fourth smallest country in geographic extent, and formerly the Ellice Islands and consists of nine very low-lying coral islands. Besides Funafuti, the nation's main island where half the population lives, we find the islands Nanumea, Niutao, Nanumanga, Nui, Vaitupu, Nukufetau, Nukulaelae and Niulakita. Tuvalu gained independence from Britain in 1978 and is located halfway between Hawaii and Australia - the nearest neighbors are Kiribati Pacific countries, Samoa and Fiji.

Distances are short in Tuvalu, which spreads out over only 26 square kilometers. Besides lying and lounging in the lagoons, snorkel or take a nap under pandan and mangrove trees, there are rich opportunities to travel the length and breadth of the small country. Take a catamaran to the uninhabited miniøya Funafala and eat a picnic on the beach, go to Nanumea and see the debris after the American military planes and several historical memories of World War II, going over the reef at low tide from Funafuti to Amatuku, and round trip by buying heritage holiday memories in the form of handicrafts such as bags, baskets, hats, jewelery and models of canoes, which the skilled women make on Funafuti and the other tropical island. Do you want to experience the locals' culture up close, one can be lucky and get over to the day-long festivities that frequently held in country towns maneabaer (large shared house). Both women and men have showy flower garlands in their hair, and their faces lit anticipation as massive amounts of food brought into the large palm leaves.

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