Vanuatu Islands Travel Info


CLICK TO GET THE MAPFutuna is the most easterly island in Vanuatu. The island was formed by uplift of a submarine volcano. The island is in the Tafea province of Vanuatu . It is the easternmost island in the country. It was formed by the uplift of an underwater volcano, which last erupted at least 11,000 years ago. It reaches a height of 666 m. It is sometimes called West Futuna to distinguish it from Futuna Island , Wallis and Futuna. It is a Polynesian outlier.

The island covers an area of 13 sq km and rises sharply from sea level around most of the coast.

The inhabitants of the island have a style of hymn singing, established by 19th century missionaries, which is distinctive among Pacific islands. The Chiefs of Futuna have recently decided not to involve their island in tourism as they believe it may diminish their cultural values. However, they invite you to view and perhaps purchase examples of their craft at ' Futuna Village ', situated near Isangel on Tanna Island .

In the centre of the island is flat-topped Tatavu plateau with a height of 666 m. Limestone on Futuna contains at least seven raised levels with tilting towards the NE. The last eruptions were 11,000 years ago. The Futuna islanders are Polynesian and have an ancestry from Tonga and Samoa. The chiefs gain their title from inheritance.

Accommodation in Futuna is in village homes - there is no commercial guest house or bungalows. Visitors should bring their own food supplies, beverages and some extra tea, coffee, and sugar that can be left behind as a small gift.

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