Samoa, formerly known as Western Samoa and currently officially the Independent State of Samoa, is an Oceanian country. It occupies the western part of the Samoan Islands in the South Pacific Ocean and comprises of two main islands: Upolu and Savai'i. The island of Upolu contains the nation's capital, Apia.
Where to go
Swimming with the Turtles - There is a Turtle Sanctuary at Satoalepai Village on the island of Savai'i. The green turtles there have been raised in a big brackish water pool, and are kept there until they are fully grown and can be released in the wild. Visitors can come to see the sweet and gentle turtles and even swim with them.
Fishing in South Pacific waters - A paradise for anglers, Samoa is a great Pacific destination for fishing. One will be able to discover several fish species such as the wahoo, sailfish, barracuda, dog tooth tuna, yellow-fin tuna and dolphin fish in the clear waters. Visitors can join a professional fishing operator or charter for an exciting experience. For those who are new to the activity, experienced crew can offer lessons for beginners.
Diving in Samoa - Dive spots in Samoa are primarily in Upolu and Savai'i, where about 900 fish species and 200 types of coral dwell in the clear waters. Considered to be one of the safest spots is the capital's Palolo Deep National Marine Reserve at Vaiala Beach, where there is a deep blue hole with steep coral walls and vibrant tropical fish. Other good dive sites are the Terraces, and the Garden Wall.
Robert Louis Stevenson Museum - Take a scenic walk through lush rainforest right to the top of Mt Vaea to visit the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, dedicated to the Scottish writer. Wonderful views over Apia and bay are stunning! At the museum, one can take a one-hour guided tour of the mansion where Stevenson and his family lived prior to his death.
Travel to Fiji, where the most popular attractions are white sandy beaches and abundant soft coral reefs. The diving experience in Fiji is phenomenal, with dive sites such as Gotham City, Castaway Passage, Barrel Head, and Namotu Wall. Another notable feature is the Garden of the Sleeping Giant: even those who are not particularly into orchids and other exotic flowers will still enjoy the peaceful and fresh ambience and the wonderful views.
The farthest destinations served by the Samoan airport are Hawaii, New Zealand, and Australia. Hawaii has more tropical attractions to offer, but one might consider going to Brisbane, Australia instead for the largest and oldest koala sanctuary in the world: the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. There's also the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Sea World Gold Coast, and the Wheel of Brisbane.
How to get out
The Samoan airport Faleolo International Airport located 40 km west of Apia handles most of the international traffic. It operates to and from Auckland Airport (New Zealand), Honolulu International Airport (Hawaii), Nadi International Airport (Fiji), Nausori International Airport (Fiji), Pago Pago International Airport (American Samoa), Tau Airport (American Samoa), Vava'u International Airport (Tonga), Canton Island Airport (Kiribati), Funafuti International Airport (Tuvalu), Brisbane Airport (Australia), and Sydney Airport (Australia). The airlines that serve Faleolo Airport are Air New Zealand, Fiji Airways, Inter Island Airways, Samoa Air, Polynesian Airlines, and Virgin Samoa. There are also domestic flights to Asau, Canton, Fagali'i, and Maota. Fagali'i Airport, on Fagali'i, also handles scheduled passenger service to Pago Pago.
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