IntroductionOf the nine Tuvalu islands and atolls, only Nukufetau and Funafuti have passages through their coral rings large enough to allow ships and yachts to enter the lagoon. That alone should put Nukufetau on the itinerary of visiting yachtsmen. During World War II, the U.S. forces recognized the value of the atoll by building a wharf and an X-shaped airfield on Motolalo Island. Some war wreckage is still visible. 55 mi/85 km northwest of Funafuti.
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