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A remote Polynesian island paradise, with few tourists, glittering beaches and fabulous hotels – yes, Tuvalu is the least visited place on earth, but why?
Slap bang at the bottom of the South Pacific, you’ll find Tuvalu, a wondrous and rather magical collection of nine islands that are wedged in between the hula hangouts of Hawaii and Australia. It really is the definition of paradise. I mean, just look at it:
So why do few people visit? According to an annual report released by the United Nations World Tourism Organization, the island nation was the least visited country on the planet and only waved in a measly 2,000 globetrotters, despite it’s glorious sun-scorched sands, wonderful people and extremely low crime rates. And in all honesty, the UNWTO is just as puzzled as us.
While its neighbour Kiribati had more than double the visitors, the very appeal of Tuvalu is the tiny population, traditional local culture (think dancing, wood carving and basket weaving) and plenty of architectural wonders.
Most of the action takes place on Funafuti, where you’ll find the extremely beautiful Funafuti Conservation Area, which is home to some of the most breathtaking coral reefs and lagoons on the planet – oh, and it’s an ideal spot to get your diving game on.
Sadly, the UN recently included the dreamy utopia on their endangered list because it could completely disappear in as little as 100 years, due to rising sea levels.
Advice? Ditch the usual beach hotspots and book now for a secluded escape to get away from the hassle of everyday life.
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