Day Trip to the Tuvalu Conservation Area


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Tuvalu is made up of eight inhabited islands. About half of them living on the main one where the capital is, the rest is spread out on the others. Having already been here for four days doing almost nothing I thought it would be nice to get away for a day and when a German couple suggested going to the Tuvaluan Conservation Area I was happy to accept.
The price was 200 dollars for a boat, with a conservation area officer and another guy driving the boat. My first thoughts were that it was too expensive, but it was government run and only possible doing that way and when we managed to collect all the five tourists in the country to go plus a fisherman it was just 30 AUD per person. Normally they would also charge 50 dollars per camera brought on the tour but we were not and was therefore happy with the price.
The ride to the first island was about 45 minutes, and as we got close the waters got a turquoise color and when looking down we could see how clear it was and how healthy and alive the corals were underneath.
After spending an hour on the first island, we jumped into the boat again, drove for around twenty minutes and then we got off the boat on the second. The beaches were just as nice and the colors as well, but what made the second island a tiny bit better was that the reef that ended in a thirty meter wall drop where huge Mahi Mahi and other huge fish were swimming around. In the country which receives the third least visitors a year I was not expecting to see what I would call one of the most untouched and beautiful beaches in the World.

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