History of Wallis and Futuna Islands
Geography of Wallis and Futuna IslandsThe islands of Wallis and Futuna are located between the Hawaii and the New Zealand. The main islands within the territories are the uvea, Futuna and Alofi although there are other 20 uninhabited islets within the territory. The territory covers a total area of 142 kilometers where none of the lands within the territory are covered by water. The territory has a coastline of 129 kilometers where most of its terrain is made of low lying hills which are of volcanic origin. The Pacific Ocean at zero meters below the sea level forms the lowest point while the mount singavi located at the Futuna Island at 765 meters above the sea level is the most elevated region within the territory.
Climate of Wallis and Futuna IslandsThe sea tropical climates are experienced in the highlands which range from warm to hot with average temperature of 28oc although they sometimes go higher but rarely get beyond 35oc during the summers. The late afternoons and the early morning periods within the islands, there are cooling breezes which are brought over the land by the east south-eastern trade winds. The warmest months of the summer seasons are marked with the tropical rains which run from December to the end of February. The southern hemisphere in which the islands are located, have their cool summer periods from November to February while the cooler winter from April to September although the difference in the temperature between the two seasons are significantly little. There is a probability from January and March to have typhoons in the territory although their effect is minimal since its routes are far in the south.
Natural Resources in Wallis and Futuna IslandsThe natural resources found within the islands of the Wallis and Futuna are totally negligible although the forested areas are the sources of timber and firewood used as the source of energy by the people within the territory.
Tourist Attraction in Wallis and Futuna IslandsThe Pleistocene volcanic island of Wallis has been dominated by beautiful volcanic cones and crater lakes while the mountainous islands of Futuna and Alofi creates an interesting scene due to the presence of the lush tropical forests covering the mountains. There is an impressive church building of Basilica of st. Peter which was constructed for remembrance of the martyr pirre channel in 1841, the rounded lake of lalolalo which is inaccessible due to its steep tall walls surrounding it, the marsh region within the Le Toagatoto which is believed to be the ancient battle point of the Tongan army and the Wallis people and the cave of loka where the st. Bernadette shrine has been constructed, are among the major landmarks visited by numerous tourists within the territory. The areas of Talietumu where the fortified Tongan settlement were established and a massive stone wall surrounds the area with many entrances and the neo Romanesque architecture style used to build the church of Mata-utu cathedral are also great areas within the territory of Wallis and Futuna islands. The major cities and villages located within this territory include:
- Mata utu
Famous Hotels in Wallis and Futuna IslandsThere are small hotels and restaurants within the town of Mata utu but accommodation in this territory is scarce. The small hotels available include:
- Hotel albatross
- Hotel lomipeau
- Somalama hotel
Wallis and Futuna Islands Culture and CuisineWallis and Futuna share the same Polynesian culture with its neighboring countries. The Wallisian and Futunan are the major languages spoken by the islander and the Roman Catholic is the dominating religion. The vegetable colors used to paint the tapas made from the bark of trees are the popular form of art in the region with the Polynesian music performed during various festivals. Chicken and pork along with fruits such as mangoes and the wild cheery are famous dishes in the region. Fishing and the agricultural products produced are consumed within the territory.
International Airports in Wallis and Futuna Islands
- Hihifo airport
- Pointe vele airport
Posted By : All Places Map Last Updated: August 08, 2015