The traditional music of Tuvalu consists of dances, including fatele, fakanau and fakaseasea.
The modern fatele involves the women on their feet, dancing in lines; with the men facing the dancers, sitting on the floor beating the time with their hands on the mats or on wooden boxes, such as a tea chest.
While Tuvaluan songs convey a dramatic story, the concentrated song structure often omits key events in the story. An example of a pre-missionary song is Te foe, te foe kia atua, which is a fakanau from Niutao recorded by Gerd Koch. (More...)
|Te foe, te foe kia atua. Te foe, te foe kia tagata. Pili te foe, manu te foe! E, taku foe! E, taku foe!
||The paddle, the paddle of the gods. The paddle, the paddle of men. Take the paddle, seize the paddle! Oh my paddle! Oh my paddle!
The lagoon (Te Namo in Tuvaluan) of Funafuti atoll has a north-south length of 24.5 km, and east-west 17.5 km, with an area of 275 km², making it by far the largest lagoon of Tuvalu.
Due to the country's remoteness, Tuvalu does not attract large numbers of tourists. The main island of Funafuti is the focus of travellers, since the only airport in Tuvalu is the Funafuti International Airport and the island has hotel facilities. Ecotourism is a motivation of travellers to Tuvalu. The Funafuti Conservation Area consists of 33 square kilometres (12.74 square miles) of ocean, reef, lagoon, channel and six uninhabited islets.
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- On March 10 & 11, 2015 tidal surges, estimated to be 3–5 m (9.8–16.4 ft), that were caused by Cyclone Pam, swept across Nui, Nanumea, Nanumanga, Niutao, Nukufetau, Nukulaelae, and Vaitupu; with Nui suffering the most damage.
- A traditional sport played in Tuvalu is kilikiti, which is similar to cricket.