TRAVEL TO SAMOA
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WELCOME TO SAMOA
Samoa is a Polynesian island country with nine islands. Two main islands, Savai’i and Upolu, two smaller islands Manono and Apolima, and several small uninhabited islands. You’ll find the capital and only city of Apia on the central north coast of Upolu. Most Samoans live in coastal villages, with one fifth of the population living in Apia, which services the main port and center for services and trade.
The population of Samoa is 197 000 people, with 90% of people being ethnic Samoans, the rest are Euronesians (mixed race European and Polynesian) and Europeans. Samoan is the official language and is believed to be one of the oldest Polynesian tongues. English is widely spoken as a second language.
The islands were formed by volcanic activity and are rocky, surrounded by coral reefs and shallow lagoons. The volcanic soils have lush vegetation which includes inland rainforests and cloud forests. A lot of the coastal sections support taro plantations and coconut groves.
TOP THINGS TO DO IN SAMOA
Samaon culture is at the heart of Polynesia. Here you will find ancient traditions alive and well and intermingled with everyday life. Visitors are often invited to be a part of Fa’a Samoa, which means the Samoan Way. Experience what life is like in a local village by visiting the Samoan Cultural Village in Apia on the island of Upolu. Here you can watch the preparation of an underground oven call an umu, fresh coconut milk being produced and see how traditional Samoan dishes being made. Watch how traditional carving and clothmaking are done.
Lalomanu Beach is a popular destination for tourists and locals. You can laze on the beach or swim in the azure water. It’s also a great place for snorkelers and divers because the surrounding lagoon is a protected marine reserve full of marine life just waiting to be explored.
On the island of Savai’i in the village of Taga, you’ll find some of Samoa’s best natural attractions, including the Alofaaga Blowholes. Large swells push water hundreds of feet up into the air. Locals like to put coconuts into the holes and they are blasted into the air.
Afu Aau Waterfall
Afu Aua Waterfall is a spectacular waterfall in south-eastern Savai’i that comes from deep within a rainforest into a fresh-water swimming pool. The pool is deep and flows into three smaller separate falls. Lush rainforest surrounds the waterfall and the pool is crystal clear and the perfect place to cool down.
To Sua Ocean Trench
To Sua Ocean Trench is on Upolu, and one of the islands’ best attractions. It was created when land slipped away after a lava eruption created two deep holes. Of the two holes, only To Sua Ocean Trench is connected to the ocean via an underwater cave. You can access the swimming hole by climbing down a steep ladder.
Somoa offers divers pristine diving spots, suitable for diving all year round. Both Upolo and Savai’i have a number or marine reserves, home to beautiful lagoons, deep water pinnacles and expansive reef passages. You’ll find abundant marine life with over 1000 fish species, and over 300 types of coral.
Samoa has some of the best surfing in the South Pacific thanks to the island’s position in the South Pacific Ocean. Prevailing trade winds from the southeast bring fantastic surf conditions all year round. You can enjoy surfing without all the crowds in Hawaii. Popular surfing spots on Upolu include Coconuts, Wackas, Boulders and time. On Savai’i you’ll find great surfing at Agona, Pastor Point, K-Land and Middles.