It's one of the last untouched destinations of the South Pacific..
Tuvalu is a group of nine low-lying coral atolls with a surface area of just 26 square kilometres dispersed over 1.3 million kilometres in the Central Pacific.
This small section of paradise is maybe, just maybe, one of the last great untouched tourist destinations in the world. Fewer than a thousand tourists visit each year so facilities are basic to say the very least.
While basic, Tuvalu has to be one of the safest places in the world to visit. There is hardly anything for a tourist to worry about as violent crime is virtually non-existent and when it does happen it usually involves alcohol and family disputes.
Much of the capital's island life takes place on the largest strip of land - the airport runway! Don't worry, a man with a megaphone or siren will tell you when it's time to get out of the way of the landing aircraft.
Being a low lying coral atoll the greatest threat is Mother Nature, changes in sea level have a great affect on Tuvalu and the affects of Global Warming can be seen on an almost month to month basis.
Cyclones are also a threat, three were recorded in 1997.
Male homosexuality is illegal in Tuvalu and if caught and charged a seven year jail sentence awaits the perpetrators.
Obviously the Tuvalu economy doesn't rely on Tourism dollars to keep it afloat, so in 2000 Tuvalu negotiated a contract leasing its Internet domain name ".tv" for $50 million in royalties over the next dozen years, stay tuned to see what the re-negotiated deal will be.