Tokelau Things to Do

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Tokelau Things to Do

  • Go to the Church on Sunday

    In each atoll there is a catholic church and another protestant. Sundays are colorful, everybody goes to the Mass service.

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  • Tokelau telephones

    "Tokelau telephones" are actually public toilets. As the sanitation system in Tokelau is pretty basic, most people use the Tokelau telephones - long drops over the water - to conduct their motions. These conveniences double up as meeting points where the locals stand outside and catch up on the gossip of the day - hence the nickname.

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  • Churches

    As with many Pacific islands, the churches are the best maintained buildings. The churches in grey Fakaofo inject some much-needed colour to the village centre.Tokelauan society is deeply Christian and you will be expected to attend church on Sundays if you are staying on shore. Even if you're not religious, you might as well go - activities are in...

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  • Pig city 2

    Nukunonu also has a 'pig city', as described in the Atafu section, although nowhere near as big. Still, worth a look around and making friends with the amiable creatures.

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  • Visit or stay on a desert island

    Sydney Island lies on the opposite side of the atoll to Nukunonu island and is tiny and uninhabited. It is owned by Mr Luciano Perez, who also owns the Luana Liki Hotel, and he can arrange for you to visit his little gem, whether you want to just for lunch or if you want to go all-out and stay there.For the former option, you can visit Sydney...

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  • The bright green waters of Tokelau...

    Tokelau is not named after Tokelau Island, it is just a coincidence they share the name. The word means "North" in the local language (which is very close to Samoan), and so Nukunonu atoll's northernmost island is therefore called "Tokelau".The island is uninhabited, but then none of the country's islands are inhabited save for one per atoll. There...

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  • Nukunonu atoll boat trip

    Mr Luciano Perez, the Luana Liki Hotel owner, will take you on a speedboat trip around the atoll if you pay for the petrol. You don't have to be a hotel guest. His family owns Sydney Island on the otherside of the atoll and he will take you there for lunch as part of the trip. It's beautiful (see later chapter). The boat tour will also show you...

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  • Nukunonu

    Nukunonu is the middle of Tokelau's three atolls, although it is the last one you will visit on the round-trip. It is the country's administrative capital and where you can find the government buildings and Tokelau's only post office, hotel, restaurant and bar.This is the only one of Tokelau's atolls where you can stay on shore without a...

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  • Fishing charter

    Mr Luciano Perez, owner of the Luana Liki Hotel in Nukunonu, has a fishing boat which you can charter. Ask at the hotel for prices and details.

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  • Swimming and snorkelling

    Tokelau's waters are warm, brilliant blue and completely clean. There is no industry, a very low population and next-to no motorised boating. Swimming and snorkelling in any of the three lagoons is safe and beautiful.I didn't actually get in the water in Fakaofo, but from the surface the lagoon looked gorgeous. I swam in Atafu, which had the...

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  • The fishing pigs

    Fakaofo is so crowded that there is no room for the pigs, which are kept for ceremonial feasts. The pigs have been forced out of the village and live on the reef and shoreline, where they have learned to catch fish - an unnatural but necessary diet. Sometimes, at low tide, the pigs swim between islands to look for food.You can kill time simply...

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  • Pig city

    Unlike in Fakaofo's cramped conditions, the pigs in Atafu are well taken care of. The island is comparatively very big and a huge 'pig city' has been created, with pens stretching as far as the eye can see (bearing in the mind the land is completely flat). Literally hundreds of pigs live here - they probably outnumber the people - all neatly...

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  • Atafu

    Atafu is the northernmost of Tokelau's three atolls, although it is the one you will visit second on the MV Tokelau's round-trip, heading north from Samoa.As with Fakaofo, there is no accommodation available on Atafu, although you may be able to pre-arrange a homestay. The MV Tokelau stops there for most of a full day, though, offering plenty of...

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  • Help unload cargo

    Why not lend a hand to the locals to help them unload their supplies from the boat? It gives you something to do in a very sleepy part of the world, and you might make friends, too.

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  • Fakaofo

    This is the first of Tokelau's three atolls and it's historical "capital". The ship will arrive here about a day and a half after leaving Samoa. Unless you have pre-arranged accommodation with a host family, there is no opportunity to stay overnight.You can, however, go on shore while the MV Tokelau offloads cargo and people to the island, by...

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