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Facts about Wallis and Futuna
Wallis and Futuna Territory of France
Flag of Wallis and FutanaWallis and Futana Flag
Coordinates13° 18′ 0″ S, 176° 12′ 0″ W
LocationOceania Islands
Area264 km2 ,102 sq mi
Population15289 ( 2009 ) 13,484 (2008)
Official languageFrench
CurrencyCFP franc
GovernmentOverseas collectivity
Time zone(UTC+12)
Dialing code:+681
Internet TLD.wf

Wallis and Futuna are islands in the South Pacific Ocean, which is known to be dotted with numerous such land masses. This region is popularly known as Polynesia, and is well known for its native cultures, language, and traditions. Wallis and Futuna group of islands is a French Overseas Collectivity (since 2003) in this region. Owing to the distance from their parent country (over 16,000 km!), the islands have maintained their native culture and traditions. The French influence is evident in the presence of a large number of Roman Catholic followers and use of French language (mostly officially).
Wallis and Futuna offer tourists a unique experience with vibrant native culture mixed with structures reminiscent of foreign influence, and breathtaking pristine natural sights. These islands are some of the least known ones in the travelers' community though, for the lack of proper promotions. This has, however, played to their advantage, as you can expect an undisturbed natural and cultural experience here.

About Wallis and Futuna : 
For the sake of understanding, Wallis and Futuna can be considered as two distinct island archipelagos which are 250 kilometers apart. The Wallis group of islands has an inhabited island named Uvea (also called Wallis), 10 lesser known volcanic islands, and about 12 surrounding tiny coral islands with beautiful beaches. The Hoorn group of Islands has the inhabited Futuna and uninhabited Alofi Islands. These two archipelagos are dissimilar in terms of geography and inhabitants’ ancestry. The people of Uvea Island have Tongan ancestry, whereas Futunans have Samoan ancestry.

Wallis and Futuna are at present self-governing archipelagos with their administrative capital at Mata-Utu, a town by the coral reef-rich lagoon on the east coast of Wallis or Uvea Island. This island is also more populous than Futuna Island. People of these islands lead a simple life basing their livelihood on agriculture, livestock and fishing.

Geography of Wallis and Futuna : 
The islands of Wallis and Futuna are quite distinct although the entire region is of volcanic origin, and surrounded by beautiful coral reefs.

Wallis Island has a relatively flat terrain with a number of freshwater-filled crater lakes, and lagoons. The highest elevation here is Mount Lulu Fakahega, at 145 meters above sea level. The coral islands around Uvea and the volcanic islands have beautiful white sandy beaches, mostly uninhabited.

Futuna Island, on the other hand, has a mountainous terrain with vibrant forests and fresh water springs. Mount Puke is the highest mountain here rising to an altitude of 525 meters. Alofi Island, about 2 km from Futuna has a similar terrain, and with high coastal cliffs. It does not have any fresh water resource though, making habitation here difficult.

How to Reach Wallis and Futuna : 
Wallis and Futuna Islands can be accessed only by air, as there are no commercial ferries available. Both the islands have an airport each. Then again, there are no direct flights available to the islands from anywhere in the world, other than New Caledonia and Fiji.

Aircalin, a New Caledonia-based flight service, operates flights between Hihifo Airport, located about 5.6 km from Mata-Utu (capital city of Wallis and Futuna) and La Tontouta International Airport, 52 km from Noumea (the capital city of New Caledonia). New Caledonia is well connected with a number of destinations including Sydney, Paris, Seoul, Brisbane, Auckland and Fiji.

Wallis also receives Aircalin flights from the Nadi International Airport in Fiji. This airport is connected with destinations like Christchurch, Melbourne, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong. To reach Futuna you can take one of the regular flights from Wallis.

Weather at Wallis and Futuna : 
Located 13 degrees in the Southern Hemisphere, Wallis and Futuna Islands have a tropical climate with summer at the time when countries in the north experience winters (November to February). It experiences hot and humid weather with an average temperature of 28 degrees centigrade, and 2,000 to 3,000 mm rainfall about 260 days in a year. This region also experiences typhoons between January and March.

The best time to visit these islands is between May and October, when the weather is drier and the southeast trade winds make the islands cooler than it usually is. The drop in temperature in the winter season is not significant though.

Points of Interest in Wallis and Futuna : 
Wallis and Futuna Islands have a number of interesting places to see, from natural to archaeological sites. The island of Wallis is best known for its Tongan archaeological sites, whereas Futuna Island is dotted with churches on the coast. Although the islands lack dependable tourist services, they makes up with their pristine, undisturbed and beautiful attractions. A travel tip is to have a dependable guide with you. Here is a list of popular points of interest in Wallis and Futuna Islands:
  1. Mata-Utu - This capital of Wallis and Futuna has a number of sightseeing attractions, which includes the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption (giant Roman Catholic cathedral overlooking the lagoon, best known for its Maltese cross that inspired the design of the flag of Wallis), Palace of the Uvea King, Fale Fono (meeting place for tribesmen), and Stade de Mata-Utu (1,500-seater stadium known for organizing football matches).

  2. Talietumu - Located in the Kolo Nui Archaeological Site, about nine kilometers from Mata-Utu, Taleitumu is an elevated ceremonial platform at the center of the fortified Kolo Nui, which is considered sacred by the locals. The platform is shaped in the form of a prolonged circle on a parapet of similar shape. It has a number of raised stone paths radiating outwards giving it a more dramatic appearance.

  3. Lake Lalolalo - Surrounded by a dense forest in the Wallis Island, Lake Lalolalo is a magnificent volcanic crater lake. It is best known for its almost perfect round shape, local legends, and a variety of tropical birds. The lake is, although, difficult to access owing to the steep cliffs around the water-edge.

  4. Alofitai Beach - This beach in the Alofi Island is a haven to snorkelers and divers. It is renowned for its white sandy stretch, surrounding coral reefs, and fishes. Being just two kilometers from Futuna, tourists usually take a day trip to enjoy the beauteous views of Alofitai Beach.

  5. Loka Cave - A lesser-known attraction, this cave in Alofi is a humble shrine to Saint Bernadette. It is known for its religious significance and views.

  6. Church of Pierre Chanel - Located in the north-eastern coast of the Futuna Island, this church is a testament to an important part of Christian history in the Polynesian Islands. It was constructed to honor Saint Pierre Chanel, who was the only Catholic saint to have preached in these islands. The church displays his remains, and maintains a museum with artifacts associated with him.

  7. Mount Puke - A must-visit point of interest for adventure lovers, Mt. Puke is a 524 meters high mountain in the Futuna Island. You can start from Taoa leaving Vaisei Road with a guide, to climb the highest point in this French Polynesian Collectivity. It offers great views of the island and surrounding ocean.

Accommodation in Wallis and Futuna : 
Here are the top accommodations in Wallis and Futuna : 
  1. Accommodation in Wallis Island : 
    • Hotel Lomipeau (best known in Wallis Island, 800 meters from Mata-Utu with air-conditioned rooms and lagoon view)

    • Hotel Moana Hou (a kilometer from Mata-Utu, this 28-room hotel overlooks the ocean)

    • Hotel Albatros (conveniently located just 200 meters from the airport, it has four air-conditioned rooms, and three bungalows around a swimming pool)

  2. Accommodation in Futuna Island : 
    • Somalama Park Hotel (located in the north-western part of Futuna, this recent addition to the hospitality sector of the island has about six air-conditioned rooms and provides cars for hire)

    • Hotel Le Fia Fia (located in the west of Leava in the Futuna Island, it has five air-conditioned rooms with cooking facilities).

Last Updated on: November 3rd, 2017