Skip to content. | Skip to navigation

Personal tools

The Ultimate Cruisers' Planning Tool

Navigation

You are here: Home / Countries / Tuvalu / Funafuti

 Funafuti - Shore Services

Communications

On Funafuti the Telecommunications Centre provides international telephone calls and internet services. They are located next to the airport and sell data plans without a sim purchase.

The speed is reasonable at times. It is possible to receive this WiFi in the anchorages off the village.

Cruisers report that the WiFi service at the Filomena Hotel by the airport is the fastest. This is also a nice place to sit and wait, you even get to watch an airplane land twice a week. Patience is required.

Manu Travel Services
Vaiaku, Funafuti, Tuvalu
Tel:(688) 20649 Fax:(688) 20648
Also DHL Courier Agent.

Banks

Credit card services are not available anywhere in Tuvalu.

No ATMs so bring sufficient AU$.

The National Bank of Tuvalu on Funafuti is the country's only bank and it can change the major currencies (USD, Euro etc.)  for AUD (local currency, with Tuvalu coins). The exchange rate however is not good.

Cash advances can be obtained with a Mastercard credit card.

Laundry

Asaivai can do laundry when water is available. It is close to the Fusu store in Funafuti.

Provisions

For fresh produce, you can get cabbage, salad and some other vegetables and fruit at the "Taiwan Garden" farm on the other side of the airstrip (next to the prison). This is usually open on Friday mornings (and maybe other times too). Everything is charged at $3/kilo.

There are other supermarkets and small stores. Cruisers report that the best one is located in the side road, just off the runway, approx 500m north of the airport building (behind the basket ball courts).

On Saturday mornings there is a vegetabe market in fron of the Government Building. Register your name at 6am and at 8am the pre-prepared vegetable boxes are delivered and distributed according to the list.

Transport & Travel

The airstrip on Funafuti, originally built by US forces during the war, is still in operation and there are regular flights to Fiji, Kiribati and Majuro (Marshalls). The outer islands only have links by a supply ship, which makes the rounds roughly every six weeks.

The Fijian domestic carrier, Air Fiji , operates between Suva and Funafuti three times a week.

About four times a year the government-owned ships, Nivaga II and Manu Folau, travel between Suva and Funafuti.

You can hire a moped for $5 for return the same day. To keep 24 hours is $10 AUD. No helmets are required and road rules appear to be optional.

Manu Travel Services
Vaiaku, Funafuti, Tuvalu
Tel:(688) 20649 Fax:(688) 20648
Also DHL Courier Agent.
Tuvalu Marine Department
Vaiaku, Funafuti, Tuvalu
Tel:(688) 20055 Fax:(688) 20722
For schedules and other information regarding the Nivaga II and Manu Folau.
Tuvalu Travel Office
Funafuti International Airport , Vaiaku, Funafuti, Tuvalu
Tel:(688) 20737 Fax:(688) 20057

Medical/Health

A modern general Hospital exists on Funafuti, full medical and dental services are available.

Shopping

Tuvalu fans, mats, baskets, necklaces, woodcarvings and fishhooks are famous throughout the Pacific. These can be purchased at the Women's Handicraft Center at the airport and on each of the outer islands.

Restaurants & Bars

There are several restaurants inTuvalu offering a variety of local and foreign dishes. A few also have licensed bars. The Filomena and 3Ts (oriental) seem to be the most popular.

svSwiftSure
svSwiftSure says:
Dec 05, 2017 11:23 PM

As of December 2017 no credit cards are accepted for fuel purchases, only $AUS. There is NO ATM anywhere on the island, so cash can only be converted at the Bank before 2pm.

svSwiftSure
svSwiftSure says:
Oct 26, 2017 05:37 AM

There is a telecom office adjacent to the airport with data plans available without a sim purchase. The speed is reasonable at times. It is possible to receive this wifi in the anchorages off the village.

The Filomena and 3Ts are the most popular restaurants, 3Ts is the local favourite oriental restaurant. Filomena has a more varied menu with a bar.

svSwiftSure
svSwiftSure says:
Oct 26, 2017 05:13 AM

As of June 2017:

- There is no dinghy dock off the government building, a beach landing is required. Wash off the sand at the two large green cisterns on either side of the entrance to the government building.

- Tuvalu has no fee for entry or exit. According to Tuvalu Customs an average of 12 yachts a year visit Tuvalu.

- If you want to purchase fuel in Funafuti, you must get a permission letter from the Energy Department (2nd floor of the government building). You can do this while clearing in. Request an amount that you want to purchase but be sure to tell them a "not to exceed amount". The permission is cheerfully given.
Take the permission letter to Pacific Fuel, just north of the main wharf and schedule a delivery.

- Pacific Fuel will deliver diesel to the main wharf for the direct fuelling of your yacht. Or can deliver your filled Jerry Jugs to the same dock. No fee for this service. You may use the dock on a space available basis to fuel. Pacific Fuel will help with timing. No water or power available.

- You pay only for the fuel you take (in $AUS). They do accept credit cards with a fee.

Tuvalu
Funafuti
Outer Atolls
Profile
Location
Clearance
Docking
Yacht Clubs
Repair Facilities
Boatyards
Engine Repair
Mechanical Repair
Electrics & Electronics
Carpentry
Rigs & Sails
Canvas Work
Metalwork
Hull & GRP Repair
Refrigeration
Air Conditioning
Liferafts & Inflatables
Marine Services
Marine Supplies
Fuel
Water
LPG (gas)
Diving/Fishing
Charts & Marine Publications
General Services
Yacht Charters
Yacht Brokers
Guardinage
Yacht Surveyors
Shore Services
Communications
Banks
Laundry
Provisions
Transport & Travel
Computer/Photo/Video
Medical/Health
Accommodation
Activities
Shopping
Attractions
Restaurants & Bars
Update History
Update History
Countries
Albania
Algeria
American Samoa
Angola
Anguilla
Antarctica
Antigua & Barbuda
Argentina
Aruba
Ascension Island
Australia
Azores
BIOT (Chagos)
Bahamas
Bahrain
Barbados
Belgium
Belize
Bermuda
Bonaire
Bosnia
Bouvetoya
Brazil
British Virgin Islands
Brunei
Bulgaria
Cambodia
Canada
Canary Islands
Cape Verdes
Cayman Islands
Channel Islands
Chile
China
Christmas Island
Cocos Keeling
Colombia
Comoros
Cook Islands
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cuba
Curacao
Cyprus
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
East Timor (Timor Leste)
Easter Island
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Eritrea
Estonia
Falkland Islands
Faroe Islands
Federated States of Micronesia
Fiji
Finland
France
French Guiana
French Polynesia
French Subantarctic Territory
Galapagos
Gambia
Georgia
Germany
Gibraltar
Greece
Greenland
Grenada
Guadeloupe
Guam
Guatemala
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Hawaii
Heard, McDonald & Macquarie Islands
Honduras
Hong Kong
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Ivory Coast
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Juan Fernandez Islands
Kenya
Kiribati
Kuwait
Latvia
Lebanon
Libya
Lithuania
Macau
Madagascar
Madeira
Malaysia
Maldives
Malta
Marion & Prince Edward Island
Marshall Islands
Martinique
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mayotte
Mexico
Monaco
Montenegro
Montserrat
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar (Burma)
Namibia
Nauru
Netherlands
New Caledonia
New Zealand
New Zealand's Subantarctic Islands
Nicaragua
Niue
Norfolk Island
Northern Marianas
Norway
Oman
Palau (Belau)
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Peru
Philippines
Pitcairn Island
Poland
Portugal
Puerto Rico
Qatar
Reunion Island
Romania
Russia
Saba
Samoa
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Sint Maarten
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa
South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands
South Korea
Spain
Spanish Virgin Islands
Sri Lanka
St Barts
St Helena
St Kitts & Nevis
St Lucia
St Martin
St Pierre & Miquelon
St Vincent & the Grenadines
Statia
Subantarctic & Southern Ocean Islands
Sudan
Suriname
Sweden
Syria
Taiwan
Tanzania
Thailand
Tokelau
Tonga
Trinidad & Tobago
Tristan da Cunha
Tunisia
Turkey
Turks & Caicos
Tuvalu
US Virgin Islands
USA
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
Uruguay
Vanuatu
Venezuela
Vietnam
Wallis and Futuna
Yemen