Alofitai Beach, Alofi:
snorkeling off this golden beach
Church of Pierre Chanel, Futuna:
relics of Polynesia's only Catholic saint
Lake Lalolalo, Wallis:
spectacular cliffside location
Point Oneliki, Futuna:
coral pinnacles, oasis, pools, crashing waves
Talietumu Ruins, Wallis:
restored 15th century archaeological site
This little-known corner of Polynesia lies between Fiji and Samoa, with Futuna almost as close to Vanua Levu as it is to Wallis.
Smallest of France's three South Pacific territories, Wallis and Futuna (Uvéa mo Futuna) are isolated from its neighbors geographically, culturally, and politically. All the marks of French colonialism are here, from overpaid European officials controlling functionless staff to little French gendarmes in round caps and shorts.
Although Aircalin flights make the islands accessible from Nouméa and Fiji, high airfares and the lack of any moderately priced accommodations limit visitors to French officials, the eccentric, the adventuresome, and yachts' crews. Wallis and Futuna are well off the beaten track.
Wallis and Futuna are between Samoa and Fiji with Tonga to the southeast.
These islands share the hour and day of Fiji (GMT plus 12 hours).
Potholes and coral islets on Wallis, coastlines and Catholic martyr on Futuna.
Aircalin serves Wallis from Nouméa and Nadi, with a feeder to Futuna.
The 14,000 inhabitants are Polynesians related to the Samoans and Tongans.