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Sakalua is an islet of Nukufetau, Tuvalu.[1] In the 19th century whalers established a shore camp on Sakalua where coal was used to melt down the whale blubber.[2] The islet has been known as 'Coal Island'.[3]

The island has a large colony of terns.


  1. ^ Map of Nukufetau Atoll. 
  2. ^ Simati Faanin, Hugh Laracy (ed.) (1983). "Chapter 16 – Travellers and Workers". Tuvalu: A History. Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific and Government of Tuvalu. p. 122. 
  3. ^ British Admiralty Nautical Chart 766 Ellice Islands (1893 ed.). United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO). 21 March 1872. 

Coordinates: 7°59′25″S 178°20′55″E / 7.9902°S 178.3487°E / -7.9902; 178.3487