Wallis and Futuna Travel Guide

stone church at VaitupuI've had the good fortune to visit the French Pacific territory of Wallis and Futuna twice, once in 1984 when Aircalin launched its service from New Caledonia and Fiji to Wallis Island, and again in 2002 when a cruise ship I was aboard called at Futuna and Alofi. Not that many Pacific travelers manage to reach these islands, which isn't surprising considering the high cost of airfare, lodging, meals, and everything else connected with such a trip. You can only fly to Wallis from Noumea and Nadi, and the few hotels cater mostly to French expats earning the lofty salaries all French colonial aparatniks collect.

Wallis and Futuna is by far the least known of France's three South Pacific colonies. In fact, more Wallisians and Futunans live and work in New Caledonia, 2,500 kilometers to the southwest, than in their home islands. For the well healed (and lucky) traveler who makes it this far, Wallis has some impressive coral lakes and reefs, Futuna has fine coastlines, and uninhabited Alofi offers hiking and swimming. History buffs will find an ancient Tongan fortress, traditional Polynesian architecture, a ramshackle royal palace or two, old stone churches, and one of the Pacific's few places of Catholic pilgrimage. All of this is described in our new Wallis and Futuna Travel Guide which includes the relevant chapter from Moon Handbooks South Pacific with all the maps, plus a variety of photos and drawings. It's the most comprehensive site about Wallis and Futuna available online, if I do say so myself.

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