Nanumea Atoll

Overview

Introduction

Nanumea is the northernmost of Tuvalu's nine islands and atolls. During World War II, the U.S. military used it as a base to counter Japanese advances into the Gilbert Islands. The wrecks of several U.S. landing craft and B-24 bombers can still be seen on the island. The village church has a tall German-style tower (you can climb it with permission from the pastor). 295 mi/475 km northwest of Funafuti.

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