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Friday, January 17, 2014

Talofa! Welcome to Samoa.

Located in the heart of the South Pacific Ocean below the equator, our islands are halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii.  Often referred to as the Treasured Islands of the South Pacific, Samoa is renowned as authentic Polynesia.  Consisting of ten islands, each offering distinct and varied environments to explore, independent Samoa is a postcard of natural beauty.  Despite the prevalence of striking white sand beaches, Samoa is more than a tropical beach destination. Offering a wealth of breathtaking interior replete with stately mountain peaks and cascading waterfalls, historical attractions, and a centuries old culture to indulge in, the islands of Samoa are destined to be explored.  

10 Great Things To Do in Samoa

  1. Culture- Fa’a Samoa (The Samoan Way) has a strong focus on welcoming visitors into this traditional society.  Take away all the natural beauty and entrancing landscape of these islands and you will still be left with the most fascinating aspect of a trip to Samoa, the people. 
  2. Surfing- Both Savai'i and Upolu are dotted with surf breaks and receive good swells year round. A surfer’s paradise for sure!
  3. Robert Louis Stevenson- Visit the home of the great Scottish author who spent his last four years in Samoa having fallen in love with the islands and culture. The colonial building that became his home, Villa Valilima is a popular attraction and houses many original editions of his works.
  4. Snorkeling & Watersports- The warm waters of Samoa make it an ideal place for diving, snorkeling, swimming and kayaking. With over 900 species of coral and 200 species of fish, there’s never a dull moment in these pristine waters.
  5. Waterfall crawl - Samoa is blessed with an abundance of gorgeous waterfalls on both Upolu and Savaii, each with their own distinctive charm. Take in the scenery, go for a swim or relax with the beautiful sounds of the water.
  6. Fishing- Passionate anglers will find plenty to rock their boat in Samoa. Fishing opportunities are abundant and there is plenty of fish available all year-round, including black and blue marlin, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, giant trevally and masi masi. The annual Samoa International Game Fishing Tournament, which draws avid enthusiasts from all over the globe, is held each May.
  7. Alofaaga Blowholes- These impressive must-see blowholes near Taga village on southwest Savaii are power in its purest form, as they propel a roaring jet of water hundreds of feet up into the air.
  8. Hiking & Exploring- A great way to experience both Upolu and Savaii is on two feet. The National Parks of Samoa offer incredible hiking tracks that traverse rainforests, cascading waterfalls, lakes valley gorges, rivers and streams, lava tubes and craters.
  9. Swimming with Turtles- For an animal encounter with a unique twist, head to the wetlands sanctuary at Savaii’s Satoalepai village and take the plunge with a dozen or more green turtles.
  10. Spas- All around the islands, freshly plucked, cut and grated nutritious goodies are being used in body wraps, facials and the traditional Samoan massage or fofo to produce velvety smooth skins and lull senses into a state of bliss. 
Climate – Samoa's climate is tropical all year round.  Average daily temperature is 84 degrees Fahrenheit and the ocean temperature is in the low 70’s.
Getting there – The Islands can also be accessed by Fiji Airways from Honolulu and Fiji as well as by way of Australia and New Zealand on Air New Zealand and Virgin Samoa.

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