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Wallis and Futuna Travel Photos

The little known French territory of Wallis and Futuna lies between Fiji and Samoa on the western edge of Polynesia. The islands of Wallis and Futuna are around 250 kilometers apart. Wallis is rather flat with several deep crater lakes, while Futuna is a higher volcanic island.

The people are descendents of seafaring Tongans and Samoans. The Tongan legacy is evident in the three traditional kings and round-ended houses. One of first French missionaries, Pierre Chanel, was martyred on Futuna in 1841, becoming Oceania's only Catholic saint (canonized in 1954).

All photos on are by David Stanley, author of Moon Handbooks South Pacific. The images on this page are details. To view the complete photos, click on the thumbnails.

Blue Hole, Futuna

Blue Hole, Futuna Island

The blue hole at Point Oneliki near Futuna's northern tip where a lava flow once reached the sea. It's a great place to swim, and there's a small black beach just to the east.
Church of Pierre Chanel, Futuna

The Church of Pierre Chanel on Futuna, where the saint is buried.

Pyramid Point, Futuna

The coastal road squeezes past Pyramid Point on northeast Futuna.

Earth Oven, Futuna Fale Fono, Futuna Family Life, Futuna

Roasting breadfruit on an umu (earth oven), Futuna.

The open fale fono (meeting house) at Vaisei, Futuna.

A mother and daughter relaxing before their home on Futuna.

Mata-Utu Cathedral, Wallis Children, Mata-Utu, Wallis Lake Lalolalo, Wallis

Mata-Utu Cathedral on Wallis is a bulwark of Catholicism.

Wallisian children on the seawall at Mata-Utu, Wallis Island.

Sheer cliffs make Lake Lalolalo on Wallis inaccessible.

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