Discover with Timothy Tye
Discover Tuvalu with Timothy Tye

Start here
Sea off Funafuti, TuvaluSea off Funafuti, Tuvalu
photo sourcehttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tuvalu_-_Funafuti_-_Beach.jpg
authorshipmrlins
photo licensing

Tuvalu is a small independent country in the Pacific Ocean. It is a constitutional monarchy with Queen Elizabeth II as the head of state. The country covers only 26 sq km (10 sq mi), and comprise four reef islands and five atolls. It is one of the tiniest countries of the world. With a population of just 10,500, it is the third least populated sovereign nation in the world. Only the Vatican City (0.44 sq km), Monaco (1.95 sq km) and Nauru (21 sq km) are smaller. The capital and only major town is Funafuti.

Tuvalu is 12 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC+12). The official languages are Tuvaluan and English. The official currency is the Tuvaluan dollar, but the Australian dollar is commonly used. Traffic is driven on the left here, just as in Britain and Australia. The electricity is 240V/50Hz. The phone IDD code is +688.

Funafuti Atoll, TuvaluFunafuti Atoll, Tuvalu
photo sourcehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tuvalu_Funafuti_atoll_beach.jpg
authorshipStefan Lins
photo licensing

Tuvalu had an estimated GDP at purchasing power parity of $14.94 million in 2002. This is equivalent to $1,600 per capita. With almost no natural resources, Tuvalu is a nation dependent on foreign aid to survive. Formerly a large number of Tuvaluans worked in the phosphate mine of Nauru, but were stranded there when the mines ceased operations. So far Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Japan and South Korea have all contributed funds to support Tuvalu.

Tourism in Tuvalu can be considered still in its infancy. The infrastructure is still basic. Most of the people who are employed work in the government sector. The inhabitants of Tuvalu are Polynesians who first settled on Tuvalu some 3,000 years ago. It was first sighted by Europeans in the 16th century. Tuvalu was formerly known as Ellice's Island, named after an English politician Edward Ellice. Tuvalu was a British colony until it gained independence on 1 October, 1978.

Planning your visit to Tuvalu

Visitors from most countries are given a three-month entry permit on arrival. The Funafuti International Airport (FUN) receives flights by Air Pacific connecting it with Suva, Fiji, so that is the only way to reach Tuvalu.

Major Cities in Tuvalu

  1. Funafuti

Thank you for using my website!

Hello and thank you for reading this page. My name is . I wrote this page to compile what I discover, for my own knowledge, and also to share it with people who might find it useful. It is part of three inter-connected websites: Penang Travel Tips, TimothyTye.com and Timothy Property Mart.

I am a real estate agent, food blogger, amateur historian and travel author. This website is an encyclopedia as well as a business directory. As a real estate agent, I help people buy, sell, rent and let properties. If you have a property to sell or rent in Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Ipoh or Malacca, my team of realtors and I can help you. If you operate a restaurant, can write about your food and promote your restaurant. I can also help you engage other food bloggers to write about your food. And finally, if you are operating a business anywhere in Malaysia, you can add your shop to this website and be found by lots of customers. All you need to do is contact me with what you need.

contact Tim

You can do many things directly from this website. If you are visiting Penang, I can arrange for you a tour guide and/or driver to show you around. If you are traveling by bus anywhere in Malaysia or Singapore, you can book your bus ticket. If you seek accommodation, you can get hotel room rates.

As a Christian, I hope that through this website, I am able to deliver God's message to all who need it, anywhere in the world. If you are open to hearing it, please read God's Good News to You.

If you wish to contact me, please use this contact form. And don't forget to follow me on Facebook. See you!

 My Latest Updates

Copyright © 2003-2019 Timothy Tye. All Rights Reserved.