Want to see more exotic people, diverse cultures and spectacular sceneries? Take that flight and say hello to Samoa. It’s a magnificent haven situated just south of the equator and reigns in the western part of the Pacific Ocean. Also a little archipelago, Samoa consists of eight small islands and two large ones namely Upolu and Savai'i. It was referred to as the Navigator Islands by European voyagers before the 20th century.
Samoans were indeed known as great seafarers because of their excellent skills in navigating the blue sea surrounding their islands. Any tourist will get familiar with astounding historical and cultural legacies in this Polynesian refuge. Though it has been a colony of several countries, Samoa has preserved many of its traditions and beliefs not to mention its amazing wonders of nature. Read on and we’ll tell you more of what you can anticipate from a Samoan experience.
Upolu, the largest and the most populated of the islands, offers a wide array of tourist attractions. Named after the first woman inhabitant of the island itself, Upolu features a list of stunning beaches like the Aganoa Black Sand, Lalomanu, Manono, Matareva, Saleapaga, Tafatafa and Vavau. You can also go island-hopping and take pleasure in the incredible sights of Apolima and Namu’a Islands. You’ll also discover that Upolu is rich in waterfalls like the Falefa, Fuipisia, Papapapaitai, Sauniatu, Sopoaga and Togitogiga. Hiking and trekking lovers can take pleasure from the Falease’ela River Walk, Ma Tree Walk or the Coastal Walk. There are also land forms that can surprise your eyes like the striking Mt. Fito or the Pe'ape'a Cave.
You may also want to hop into the island of Savai'i and be enamored with its share of natural wonders. Relax and get a tan in the beaches of Faiaai and Manase or watch the splashing waters of the Afu Aau, Mu Pagoa and Sinaloa waterfalls. Also abundant with different land forms, feast your eyes with the height of Mt Silisili or let the thrill of active volcanoes complete your adventure rush with Mt Afi and Mt Matayanu. However, never let the darkness of the Paja Dwarfs and Peapea caves or the altitude of the Lover’s Leap cliff scare you.
If you want to get to know their culture and history more, you can always visit the John Williams Memorial, the National Museum of Samoa and the Vailima Botanical Garden. Also check out the Letava & Papaseea Sliding Rocks for a more unforgettable experience. If you want to shop and take souvenirs home, you can always count on the markets of Apia, the capital of Samoa. You won’t only purchase local food items from these markets but also gorgeous handicrafts that include wood carvings, kava bowls, mats and sarongs. Produce markets meanwhile offer fresh fruits and vegetables. You may also want to try the cold niu, a fresh coconut beverage that will keep you refreshed and energized while sight-seeing. All these places in Samoa will give you a memorable break from your busy, stressful lives that you’ll want to book the next ticket back very soon.