Top Ten Wallis and Futuna Attractions

Top Ten Wallis and Futuna Attractions

       Wallis and Futuna, officially the Territory of the Wallis and Futuna Islands, is a Polynesian French island territory in the South Pacific between Tuvalu to the northwest, Rotuma of Fiji to the west, the main part of Fiji to the southwest, Tonga to the southeast, Samoa to the east, the New Zealand-associated state of Tokelau to the northeast and to a more distant north the Phoenix Islands (Kiribati). (However, Wallis and Futuna is not part of, nor even contiguous with, French Polynesia. Wallis and Futuna is located at the very opposite western end of Polynesia.) Its land area is 264 km2 with a population of about 15,000. Mata-Utu is the capital and biggest city. The territory is made up of three main volcanic tropical islands along with a number of tiny islets, and is split into two island groups that lie about 260 km apart, namely Wallis Islands (Uvea) in the northeast, and Hoorn Islands (Futuna Islands) in the southwest, including Futuna Island proper and the mostly uninhabited Alofi Island. Since 2003 Wallis and Futuna has been a French overseas collectivity (collectivité d’outre-mer, or COM). Between 1961 and 2003, it had the status of a French overseas territory (territoire d’outre-mer, or TOM).

  1. Talietumu Fort

    Talietumu or more correctly Kolo Nui is an archaeological site in Wallis and Futuna in the southwestern part of the Pacific Ocean. Talietumu is situated about 9 km (5.6 mi) southwest of the capital of Mata-Utu and northeast of Halalo in the Mu’a district on Wallis Island (Uvea). The site was a fortified Tongan settlement called Kolo Nui and the whole fortress is surrounded by a strong defensive wall build of basalt with several entrances. Inside the fort there are a few preserved buildings and structures, lawns and the central elevated platform called Talietumu (a Marae or Mala´e, “Sacred Place.” The platform is of circular prolonged shape upon a circular stockade base. Raised walkways paved in stone start from the mala’e and radiate outward from within the fort. The fort was built around 1450 AD during the expansion of the Tu’i Tonga Empire and it was the last holdout of the Tongans on Uvea until they were defeated. French archaeologists Daniel Frimigacci, Jean-Pierre Siorat and Maurice Hardy of the French CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique) spent several years restoring the central platform using original techniques and completed that work around 1997. The platform now measures about 5 meters in height and about 80 m in length (6). Today the ruins of the fortress are a popular tourist attraction.
    Links: Top Ten Forts, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talietumu,
  2. Lake Lalolalo on ʻUvea

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    Links: Top Ten Lakes, Top Ten Oceanic Lakes,
  3. Links: Top Ten Islands, Top Ten Oceanic Islands, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wallis_and_Futuna,