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Tuvalu Travel Guide

Funafuti Lagoon

Accommodations

Hideaway Guesthouse is a two-story European-style house in spacious surroundings about five km north of Vaiaku. Take a bus to the deepwater wharf, then walk along the lagoon 30 minutes (some buses continue this far). They offer a self-catering apartment with private bath, plus two slightly cheaper rooms with private bath in the annex. Cooking facilities are available. Discounts are given if you stay two weeks. It's one of the least expensive places and your best choice if you want a quiet holiday. Hideaway is often booked solid by volunteers and other long stayers so check that they have space available before going there.

Filamona Guest House, just beyond the maneapa next to the airport terminal, has one room with bath and fan and four air-conditioned rooms with bath. Some rooms don't have a window to the outside and the bathrooms are shared. A communal kitchen is provided and there's a popular restaurant/bar. Unmarried couples are not accepted here (this rule also applies to foreign tourists).

Vailuatai Lodge next to the Seventh Day Adventist Church has four rooms, only one of them with private bathroom.

The somewhat more expensive Fale Tolu Motel just past the Matagigali Bar at the north end of the runway has three air-conditioned rooms with bath, fridge, and TV.

In May 2016, a two-story guest house called L's Lodge opened toward the east end of the airstrip. This upscale accommodation offers eight rooms including four single rooms with sitting area, minibar, shower, and private bathroom, plus two additional singles with shared bath. There's also a self-catering deluxe king studio with fridge on the main floor. Upstairs is a "superior villa". Both of these larger rooms can accommodate two adults and a child. All rooms have air-conditioning and ceiling fans. A continental breakfast is included and other meals can be ordered. All guests have access to a small gym on the main floor and a common kitchen and TV lounge upstairs. Cash payment is required. To book search for them on Facebook.

The two-story, government-owned Vaiaku Lagi Hotel faces the lagoon a few minutes walk from the airport terminal. The 16 air-conditioned rooms with private bath (cold water) and fridge are priced between US$100 and US$150 (children under 12 free). Credit cards are not accepted. Traditional dancing is performed if sufficient guests are present or a government function is scheduled (ask). The Friday and Saturday night "twists" (discos) at the hotel can continue until 0200 accompanied by deafeningly loud music. Rowdy locals (often seamen on leave) demolish can after can of Victoria Bitter in the hotel's old wing bar (the bar in the new wing is more expensive). Insects in the rooms can also be a nuisance. The hotel staff are nice, friendly people who don't put themselves out for their guests in any way. You must make all your own transportation or tour arrangements.