Diving is available on the islands, but it is not hugely developed. Many sites are rarely explored, if ever. Most of the dive sites remain unnamed. At the time of this article, there was only one small diving operation that was up and running, making trips out to all three islands and the surrounding islets. There are shore dives to enjoy, making it easier to set out on your own, though there are an abundance of boats to charter. If you are a Divemaster, these islands may just be your dream come true.
The best visibility can be achieved from April to October, after the rainy season has passed. Bear in mind that December through February can make ocean crossings difficult, as this is when the occasional cyclone passes through the region.
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What to see
In addition to the plenteous tropical fish in the region, featuring every color you could dream of, there are some large creatures to behold. Spinner and Fraser’s dolphins play in these crystal clear waters, as well as the occasional pygmy killer whale. You may run across a Beaked Whale or two in deeper waters.
Because of their seclusion, several creatures on the islands can be found nowhere else in the world.
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Warm, tropical Wallis and Futuna have a past steeped in folklore and mystery. The three main islands were once ruled by three kings, and things were not always civil between them. There are even ruins of forts that were built on the individual islands.
Found somewhat near Fiji, Tonga, Tuvalu and Rotuma, the islands remain solitary. France owns the island today, and most of the islanders speak French in addition to their native tongues.
Today, people live simple lives, fishing and farming. Most people here are mostly unaffected by the doings of the rest of the world, isolated and content.
While on the islands be sure to see the Lalolalo Crater Lake on the island of Wallis. Huge cliffs drop off into the circular lake, making for a stunning scene.
Off the main islands one of the best spots to visit is Alofi Beach, found on the uninhabited island of Alofi. You will most likely be the only person here, so enjoy your tropical solitude while you can.
The airports here are on the verge of development, but the runways remain unpaved. As of right now the only way to get to the island is from New Caledonia. You can rent a scooter or car once you get to the island.