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Introduction

Futuna Island is one of the two Hoorn Islands in Wallis and Futuna. It consists of two chiefdoms: Alo, the chiefdom comprising the eastern two-thirds of the island and Sigavé, the chiefdom comprising western third of the island. The Alo chiefdom also covers the neighbouring Alofi Island, which is uninhabited.

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Geography

Futuna's highest point is Mont Puke with 524 metres, and the island has an area of 83 km², with 53 km² in Sigave and 30 km² in Alo.

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Villages

  • Leava - the capital of Sigavé, and the island's third largest village
  • Mala'e - the capital of Alo
  • Ono - the island's largest village, in Alo
  • Taoa - the island's second largest village, in Alo

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Sights and Activities

Pierre Chanel Church

The Pierre Chanel Church is located close to some quiet villages northwest of Futuna's airport. The famous church is in desperate need of some restoring of the exterior. The interior on the other hand is beautifuly decorated with white and brown tapa. The chapel is decored with relics of the saint who was killed in 1841 and was declared the patron saint of Oceania in 1954. To add, you can also witness a wooden statue of Chanel at the front door.

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Weather

Futuna Island has a tropical climate typical for the Pacific. Temperatures during the day average a pleasant 28 °C to 30 °C and drop to around 24 °C at night. Temperatures variations on Wallis are smaller than on Futuna, where the wintermonths of April to October are slightly cooler, both during the day and at night. This is also the driest period, although you can't really speak of a dry and a wet season, it is just a bit drier during these months with rain possible on 20 to 25 days a year, compared to 25 to 29 days from November to March, the wetter season. From January to March, the occasional hurricane (typhoon) might strike the islands, but years can go by withouth one.

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Getting There

By Plane

Aircalin makes about 5 trips a week between Wallis and Futuna, making this the best way to travel between the two islands.

By Boat

You can travel by cargo ship between the two main island of Wallis and Futuna, or hope to hop on a yacht.

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Getting Around

By Car

You can rent a car on Futuna Island.

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Eat

Staple foods in Wallis and Futuna include cassava, taro, sweet potatoes, yams and breadfruit. Bread and fish are also eaten. A traditional earth oven, or umu, is used for cooking chicken and pork on special occasions. Fruits grown are bananas, coconuts, mangoes, papayas, pineapples and citrus fruits.

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Drink

Kava is a traditional Polynesian drink.

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Sleep

  • Hôtel Restaurant Le Fia-Fia, lieut-dit Puilata Village nuku Royaume sigave BP 28 Sigave, ☎ +681723245.
  • Somalama Park Hotel, lieut-dit somalama Village tavai Royaume sigave BP 2 Sigave, ☎ +681723120.

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