Funafuti is the capital of the island nation of Tuvalu. It is a narrow sweep of land between 20 and 400 metres wide, encircling a large lagoon. The average depth in the Funafuti lagoon is about 20 fathoms. The largest island is Fongafale, which houses four villages and community meeting places.
About Funafuti in brief
Funafuti is an atoll and the capital of the island nation of Tuvalu. It is a narrow sweep of land between 20 and 400 metres wide, encircling a large lagoon. The average depth in the Funafuti lagoon is about 20 fathoms. The largest island is Fongafale, which houses four villages and community meeting places. The most important sports event within the country is arguably theTuvalu Games, which are held yearly since 2008. The atoll has several passages with varying degrees of navigability that lead into the lagoon The clockwise starting point of the atoll is the first part of the southern part of Funafafala, followed by the first part of Fongsafale. The main island of Fonsafala is the most populated atoll, with a population of 6,320 people. The land area of the 33 islets aggregates to 2. 4 square kilometres, less than one percent of the total area of Funfuti. There are 29 islets in the main atoll. The biggest atoll in the biggest is Fongsaffale, followed by Funafala in the south, Amatuku in the north and Amatuku in the east. The Princess Margaret Hospital, the only hospital in Tuvalsu, is located on Fongfale.
A major sporting event is the \”Independence Day Sports Festival\” held annually on 1 October. The TuvalU national football team trains at the Tuvalus Sports Ground on Funafutti and competes in the Pacific Games and South Pacific Games. The Parliament of Tu Valu or Palamene o Tuvalo is located in Fong fale. There is the Vaiaku Langi Hotel, and other guesthouses as well as homes, constructed both in the traditional manner, out of palm fronds, and more recently out of cement blocks. The High Court of Tu valu is also located on the main island, Fong Fale. It was adapted to serve as the airstrip for the flights from Fiji and provides a place for sporting and other recreational activities. It has an area of 33 km², containing 20 percent ofThe atoll’s reef area is 8 hectares in the conservation area, from north to south, with an estimated population of at least at least 6,000 people. In June 1996, a conservation area was established along the western rim of the reef.