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Introduction

Wallis Island (ʻUvea) is the largest island in the Wallis Islands group of Wallis and Futuna. It is surrounded by 15 smaller islands, all of which are uninhabited.

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Geography

The island has an area of 77,5 km² and a circumference of about 50 kilometres. Its highest point is Mount Lulu Fakahega (131 metres). There are also a handful of large lakes such as Lake Lalolalo, a sign of the island's volcanic origin, some of them almost perfect circles and with straight vertical walls, like Lalolalo, Lanu'tavake. Wallis Island is located 240 kilometres northeast of Futuna and Alofi islands which form the Hoorn archipelago. Together with some 15 smaller islands surrounding it, on its huge barrier reef, it forms the Wallis archipelago. Wallis has a fertile volcanic soil and sufficient rainfall to allow subsistence farming.

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Villages

  • Mala'efo'ou (formerly Mua) - capital of Mu'a District
  • Mata-Utu (Matāʻutu) - capital of Hahake District, and capital of Wallis and Futuna
  • Vaitupu - capital of Hihifo District

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Sights and Activities

Talietumu

Talietumu consists of the remains of a fortified Tongan settlement on Wallis Island established around 1450. It forms an enormous and beautifully restored archaeological site and there is a wide defensive wall with entrance passages surrounding green lawns, large platforms and a circular stockade base. The stone paved roads you will see at Talietumu only were used by the king, because his feet couldn't touch the solid ground.

Lake Lalolalo

Lake Lalolalo is an impressive circular lake with with sheer walls on Wallis Island. It is the most spectacular of the Wallis crater lakes and forms a perfect circle with cliffs towering 30 metres above the surfact of the lake. The water of Lake Lalolalo is 80 metres deep in some places. Add to this many species of tropical birds above the surface. The lake is surrounded by preserved primary forest thus making the tropical paradise complete.

Other sights and activities

  • Mata-Utu Cathedral - is a Roman Catholic cathedral built with blocks of cut coral. It is a French national monument.
  • The King's Palace -
  • Tonga Toto - another set of ruins on Wallis Island which are harder to get to and more overgrown.

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Weather

Wallis 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

There are flights from here to both French Polynesia and New Caledonia with Aircalin, the national carrier of the latter country.

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

By Boat

The only way to reach the island by sea, is to hop on a cargo ship that visits the island once every few weeks or to be lucky enough to get a bed on a private yacht. No regular ferries nor cruisehips go to the Wallis and Futuna Islands.

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 Wallis 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 Moana-Hou, route du bord de mer Village liku Districte hahake BP 136 Mata-Utu, ☎ +681722135.
  • Hôtel Restaurant Lomipeau, Standard route territoriale n°1 Village aka'aka District hahake BP 84 Mata-Utu, ☎ +681722021.

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