Tuvalu, a paradise in the Pacific Ocean

Tuvalu is a group of islands in the Pacific Ocean. The capital of Tavulu is located on the largest island and has the most inhabitants. Tavulu was a very poor country, but over the years it has gradually managed to put itself on the map. However, there is still little tourism due to the difficult location and the few recreational opportunities. Although it also has many beautiful aspects. Due to climate changes, the country is increasingly struggling with rising water levels. As a result, over time the land can be lost to the ocean.

Location

Tuvalu literally means eight islands. Before October 1, 1978, Tuvalu was called the Ellice Islands. Tuvalu is located near New Zealand. The country consists of eight large groups, three of which are real islands. These eight large groups were all inhabited, but due to the rising water this is no longer the case. Tuvalu is located in the Pacific Ocean. Fongafale is the capital of Tuvalu. This is also the island with the largest population. In total, there are approximately 11,000 residents in 2016. The island of the capital is long and narrow. In some places on the island you can see the ocean on both sides. There is only a maximum of five meters of island between the ocean.

Sport

Even though Tuvalu is so small, it participated as a country in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Three athletes were then sent to the Olympic Games. Tuvalu also has a football team. This football team could not participate in the championships because it is one of the few countries that are not members of FIFA.

Tourism in Tuvalu

It is possible to travel to Tuvalu. A fleeing trip to Tuvalu takes about thirty hours. So you will have to be patient on the plane. The airport is a lane that is closed to aircraft twice a week. Once on the island, there is one hotel and six guesthouses where you can stay. You can get to know the traditions and the people there. Tuvalu also has very beautiful views and a white sandy beach. The water around is clear blue. A disadvantage of Tuvalu is that there are few other recreational options.
In Tuvalu it is between 25 and 30 degrees all year round. This makes it pleasantly warm. It is safe to travel to Tuvalu between March and November because there are the fewest storms during that period.

Climate change

Tuvalu is having a hard time due to climate change. The islands are currently barely five meters higher than the sea level. Researchers estimate that at this rate the island will exist for another 20 to 30 years. It is also increasingly affected by tsunamis and hurricanes. The east of Fongafale is being raised to protect the entire village from the water. Here and there you can see an old bus. This is specially placed on the side of the water to serve as a breakwater in case of emergency.

Coral reef

The coral reef is also having a hard time. The coral is located underwater on the edge of the island. Because the island must be raised to save the population and the village, the coral must be broken down.
When you sail by boat to the other islands of Tuvalu, climate change is very noticeable. Where the inhabitants used to live or go as children, now only rocks can be seen above water. When you arrive on the island itself, you will see on the ground the places where trees used to stand and where there were buildings. These have been lost due to climate change.