Situated in the South Pacific, Samoa is a collection of 10 idyllic tropical islands. It is easily accessible by plane from either New Zealand or Australia. Here the weather is tropical and warm all year round and the locals have a very relaxed and friendly lifestyle far removed from modern city’s hectic bustle.
Savaii and Upolu are two major islands in Samoa. Here you will find many of the island’s standout attractions. These islands are typified by clear sparkling waters, sweeping beaches bordered by the coral reef, ancient volcanoes, plunging waterfalls, and stunning jungle mountain ranges.
Beach Fales is a very common and traditional type of room you can stay in. They are mostly situated close to the beach. Other resorts offer typical western styles of luxury accommodation.
Robert Louis Stevenson Museum
This museum was once a residence of Robert Louis Stevenson, a Scottish author. It is an enchanting estate with perfectly manicured gardens and centerpiece lawn. In the early 1990s, Stevenson’s mansion was destroyed in the cyclones but it has been rebuilt and reopened to visitors. The rooms are filled with Sepia family photographs and antiques.
Mt. Vaea National Reserve
This reserve is adjacent to Robert Louis Stevenson Museum. It was here he was buried. At the top, wonderful views of clouds of vicious mosquitoes will greet you, Stevenson’s stately Victorian tomb, as well as Apia. After your hike, cool off with a dip in the natural swimming hole that is right near the museum car park.
To Sua Ocean Trench
This Samoa icon is outrageously photogenic. Although To Le Sua (drier, smaller depression) is the first thing you will see upon entering the grounds, To Sun is the main attraction here. It is closer to huge sinkhole than a trench, with its green-draped and sheer rich walls plummeting 20 meters to the blue waters of the magnificent pool. Swimming access is through a sturdy but precipitous sturdy wooden ladder.
These powerful blowholes are one of the most spectacular in the world. Strong waves are push through different lava tubes, causing geyser-like, rip-roaring explosions that shoot some meters into the air. If you are looking for something a bit more dramatic, join the villagers to throw coconuts into the blowholes. It is a thrilling experience you shouldn’t miss. No matter what the locals do, don’t get too close to the blowholes.
Samoa offers visitors excellent value for money and is perfect for a relaxing tropical paradise.