Welcome to Outer Islands
A trip to be made only if you’ve got plenty of time to spare and are a 'hard-core' traveller, Tuvalu’s beautiful and remote outer islands have very little infrastructure for visitors. The cargo ships do a round trip lasting several days to each of the three island groups – the northern group comprises Nanumea Atoll, Niutao Atoll, Nanumaga Atoll and Nui Atoll; the central group is Vaitupu, Nukufetau Atoll and Fongafale Islet; and the southern group comprises Nukulaelae Atoll and Niulakita. The ships call in at each island for the best part of a day to unload and load supplies and passengers. So if you’re prepared to spend your nights on board ship, you can explore the islands during the daytime. If you choose to get off the boat and plan to stay, be warned; it might be some weeks before the next transport arrives! Give advance warning of your arrival and come prepared to be pretty much self-sufficient.