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Discovered by Samuel Wallis in 1767, Wallis Island is located in the heart of Polynesia, in the South Pacific Ocean.
Tahiti is 2800 kms to the East and Nouméa 2100 kms to the South-West.


The main Island, named Uvea in the wallisian language, extends 15 kilometers from North to South and
8 kilometers from West to East. Wallis is the emerged summit of a former submarine volcano. Smoothly landscaped, Wallis culminates at 151 meters a.s.l at Mount Lulu Fakahega.

Numerous crater lakes are spreaded all over the Southern part of the Island demonstrating its volcanic origin.
Quite a perfect circle lake Lalolalo is typical with its 82 meters depth and sharp cliffs of its border.
The mainland is fringed with a flat coral plateau measuring a few hundred meters alternatly covered and uncovered at low and high tides.

Wallis lies in the middle of a magnificient lagoon surrounded by a coral reef barrier comprising 4 pass permitting access to the open seas. Only the Honikulu pass is suitable for the access of deep hull ships.
Several coralline islets emerge out all along the reef barrier distant 2 to 3 kilometers from the mainland.
Faioa islet is the biggest of all, spreading its two superb bays and magnificent beaches.
Other islets of volcanic origin are spreaded along the eastern portion of the reef barrier, the most remarkable one being Nukuatea in the South.
Water depth never exceeds 45 meters and the permanent average temperature turns around 28°C.