Tuvalu , formerly known as the Ellice Islands, is a Polynesian island nation located in the Pacific Ocean, midway between Hawaii and Australia. It comprises three reef islands and six true atolls spread out between the latitude of 5° to 10° south and longitude of 176° to 180°, west of the International Date Line. Its nearest neighbours are Kiribati, Nauru, Samoa and Fiji. Tuvalu has a population of 10,837 (2012 census). The total land area of the islands of Tuvalu is 26 square kilometres (10 sq mi).
The first inhabitants of Tuvalu were Polynesians. The pattern of settlement that is believed to have occurred is that the Polynesians spread out from Samoa and Tonga into the Tuvaluan atolls, with Tuvalu providing a stepping stone to migration into the Polynesian Outlier communities in Melanesia and Micronesia.
This rare cover posted by my very good friend David during his visits in pacific islands. The cover posted on April 28, 2016 and I received on June 02,2016. Tuvalu issue a number of thematic stamps every year, one of the main income source of the postal service. Thank You David for the big help and great cover from the rarest country.
The philatelic covers prepared for our friends are getting postmarked by Tuvalu Post staff . Wonderful moment !
Tuvalu has just received new postmarks. These are just about to be sent to the outer islands of Tuvalu.