Nanumaga is a single island with only a narrow fringing reef. Coming ashore by boat isn't easy. Several small lagoons are in the interior of this small oval-shaped island.
The main village is divided into the Tokelau (north) and Tonga (south) quarters, representing the island's two social groups. In 1979 the people of this atoll were tricked into investing their money in worthless Texas real estate by a sharp salesman named O'Brien.
The Nanumaga people are conservative, but those few visitors who happen to call are warmly welcomed. If you visit, pay a courtesy call to the island chief, who belongs to the Mouhala clan. Fishing is prohibited on Tuesday and Wednesday.
There's an overpriced Island Council Guesthouse.