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Vaitupu atoll from space
(Tofia visible in the center)
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Location Oceania
Coordinates 7°28′41″S178°40′54″E / 7.47806°S 178.68167°E / -7.47806; 178.68167 Coordinates: 7°28′41″S178°40′54″E / 7.47806°S 178.68167°E / -7.47806; 178.68167
Archipelago Vaitupu
Area34,962 m2 (376,330 sq ft)
Highest elevation1 m (3 ft)

Tofia is a small islet of Vaitupu, Tuvalu, in the entrance to the lagoon. [1] [2]


Tofia is one of at least nine islands of Vaitupu atoll and is the second biggest one areawise, only behind the Vaitupu island itself. The islet is positioned in the entrance to the lagoon. Due to its position, it is exposed to the accumulative and erosive effects of the ocean. Tofia has a sand bar deposit which is infilled from the oceanic transport. [3]

In 2010, the islet was planted with mangroves and developed into a mangrove stand. The planting of the same trees was continued in 2020. [4] Apart from the sandy banks, the entire area of Tofia is covered in vegetation. [1] The islet is uninhabited.

The approximate terrain elevation above sea level is 1 meter. [5]

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  1. 1 2 Map of Vaitupu. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03.
  2. British Admiralty Nautical Chart 766 Ellice Islands (1893 ed.). United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO). 21 March 1872.
  3. Webb, Arthur (2005). Tuvalu Technical & Country Mission Report – Aggregate supply, pond and lagoon water quality & causeway construction on Funafuti and Vaitupu atolls (PDF). South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission. p. 27.
  4. Mangrove Planting in Tuvalu – Manual on Mangrove Planting Methods in Saltwater Environments: a Case Study in Tuvalu (PDF). NGO/NPO Tuvalu Overview. 2021. p. 20.
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