Wallis and Futuna Quick Travel Guide
With a travel rating of 32%, Wallis & Futuna can be compared to the marriage of two foreigners - a pair who came together with distinct backgrounds to create something wholly different from their original roots. Futuna was discovered by the Dutch, and Wallis by the British; the French brought them together, and they have been an overseas territory since 1961. This small group of islands in French Polynesia lies in the middle of the South Pacific – between Fiji and the Samoan Islands – and is split into two island groups about 260 km (~161 miles) apart. In geography and climate, they are very similar, mostly far-flung volcanic islands with some rocky coast, lots of swaying coconut palms, beautiful beaches, fringing reefs, all surrounded by breathtaking turquoise waters. The islands are a bit rural and sparsely populated, so the capital of Matu'utu on the island of Wallis is perhaps the best option for PlanetHoppers! to begin their explorations. Matu'utu Cathedral stands out boldly next to the King's Palace near the waterfront, and just outside of the town – it's a bit of a stretch to call it a city – are the fascinating archeological sites of Tonga Toto and Talietumu, which are ruined forts. Lake Lalolao is pristine and beautiful and should not be missed. Take a puddle jumper to Futuna Island – about an hour away – to see Mont Puké, which rises 524 meters (~ 1720 ft) into the sky. Hike through the lush vegetation to the summit to reward yourself with panoramic views that will leave you breathless. Charter a boat over to uninhabited Alofi Island to see the majestic peak of Mont Kolofau and explore Loka Cave, which contains a shrine to St. Bernadette. Cap off your exertions with a dip in the shallow lagoon at Alofitai , which is a fantastic snorkeling spot. There will be little to disturb your quiet and relaxing holiday to Wallis & Futuna. Living in harmony together for over 50 years, there is no divorce in sight for this Polynesian pair.
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Take the road less traveled and visit Mata'utu, the capital of Wallis and Futuna. The city can be mistaken for a village and is dominated by the large and impressive Matu'utu Cathedral, which is located right next to the King's P....
|Coordinates:||13 18 S, 176 12 W|
|Government:||French Dependant Territory|
|Currency:||CFP Franc (XPF)|
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- Location: Wallis and Futuna