Wallis and Futuna Islands

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Wallis and Futuna Islands

Welcome to Wallis and Futuna Islands

Learn about the islands’ ancient history at the Talietumau site, a 15th-century fortress built at the time of Tongan domination. Visit the chapel atop 476-foot Mount Lulu Faka. Drive Wallis’ coastal road, stopping at the cliff-lined crater lake of Lalolalo and the charming fishing village of Vailala.

The coastal road on Futuna is just as mesmerizing – take time to stop in Vaisei for a traditional kava ceremony. Take a boat to Alofi and Loka cave for a totally remote and paradisiacal adventure. These are the islands of hidden treasures.

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Unique Facts

  • The Wallis and Futuna Islands are a French colony.
  • Kava is an important traditional drink in the islands – the kava bowl and the tapa cloth are symbolic of both island cultures.
  • Catholicism is the predominant religion practiced on the islands. Villages are centered around their churches.
  • Wallisian and Futunan women are known for their artistic designs on siapo and tapa.
  • Families eat twice a day, with meals centered on taro, yams and sweet potato. Wallis villages near the lagoon eat fish.

Language

The Wallis and Futuna Islands’ official language is French.

When To Go

The best time to go to the Wallis and Futuna Islands is between June and August.

Airports

Pointe Vele Airport

Passport Validity

Passport must be valid for six months beyond entry date.

Visa Required By US Citizen?

None of stays of 90 days or less

Vaccinations

The CDC recommends the following vaccine for all travelers when visiting the Wallis and Futuna Islands: Measles and routine vaccinations. Most travelers should receive Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccines. Some travelers should receive the Hepatitis B vaccine.

Electrical Outlets

Power plugs and sockets: type E. Standard voltage: 220V. Frequency: 50Hz.

Currency

Official local currency: CFP Franc

Getting Around

Uvea has 75 kilometers of roads, most of which are paved. The main villages on Futuna can be accessed on paved, but rough roadways. Charter boat service is available for hire between Futuna and Alofi, as well as from Wallis to surrounding islets.

There is no public transportation on the island.

Driver’s License

A valid US driver’s license and an international driving permit are required.

US Embassy Info

US Embassy Wellington
29 Fitzherbert Terrace
Throndon
Wellington
New Zealand
Tel: 64-4-462-6000

Local Emergency Phone Numbers

Ambulance: 15
Fire: 17
Police: 18

Safety and Security

The crime rate is low in the Wallis and Futuna Islands. Avoid going out alone at night or to isolated areas. Take standard safety precautions. Do not leave belongings unattended.

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