This Tuvalu map (formerly Ellice Islands) shows populated places, islands, and atolls. Tuvalu consists of 9 islands and atolls (3 reefs and 6 atolls) in the South Pacific Ocean. Tuvalu is located in the Polynesia region of Oceania. The Fiji Islands are situated to the south, Vanuatu to the southwest, the Solomon Islands to the west, and Nauru to the northwest. The population is sparse with only approximately 10,500 people. Funafuti is the capital and largest city of Tuvalu. It occupies an area of just 26 square kilometers (10 sq mi) making it one of the smallest countries in the world.