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Social Life in Tuvalu


The people of Tuvalu are very humble and modest as they rarely express themselves in a way to offend another. This comes in respecting other people, dressing modestly, avoiding outward signs of wealth or affection, and having a reverence for God as most people are Christian.

As a visitor to Tuvalu, that same modesty is expected; modesty in dress, actions, words, and every aspect of your life. Many of the most important behavioral restrictions to be aware of are related to dress, dating (see above for both), and dining (see our Tuvalu Food & Dining Page for more information). Also try to avoid being loud, rude, showing off wealth, or getting drunk in public.


The traditional dress for the people of Tuvalu consists of the ti-ti, which is dried and died coconut leaves made into a skirt of sorts. These are often quite bright and colorful, generally in red, purple, or yellow. Women also wear a mat to cover their mid-section and chests, again typically made from coconut leaves.

However, today the dress is changing and only a limited number of people in the villages still wear the ti-ti on a regular basis (although many people wear them for certain ceremonial events). Western-styled clothing is more common today, including dresses, shorts, pants, and shirts of all kinds.

As a visitor to Tuvalu, there are a couple dress restrictions to be aware of, especially for women. Men generally get a free pass as shorts and t-shirts are well accepted; however, women should never show their knees and even longer pants or skirts are encouraged. Women should also never show their shoulders or wear low-cut tops. In resorts the dress is more relaxed as swimwear of all kinds is well accepted, but nudity is never allowed and this clothing should never be worn outside these private resorts and beaches catered to foreigners.

This page was last updated: November, 2013