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Apia Things to Do

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    by etfromnc Updated Oct 5, 2013

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    Late in the 19th Century, renowned writer, Robert Louis Stevenson, and his bride, Fannie Osborne left bonnie ol' Scotland for the South Seas in search of a place where Stevenson's tuberculosis would be less troublesome.

    The Robert Louis Stevenson Museum is set in the hills (reminiscent of his Scottish homeland) south of Apia Scottish in the author's beautifully restored former mansion, Villa Vailima, which Stevenson had built in 1890 after deciding the climate of 'Upolu might make life with tuberculosis a bit easier, but he died there a mere four years later. Stevenson and Osborne are buried in the adjacent Mt Vaea Scenic Reserve. The museum, with its spectacular setting, showcases and preserves the memories and lifestyle that drew him and his family to Valima, Samoa. (Vailima means "five waters" and was chosen as the name for their estate because of the five creeks which cross the 314 acre site.)

    His gravesite looks out over 'Upolu's white fringe of reef and the broad blue Pacific. After he died the people of 'Upolu worked 24 hours non-stop to hack a path to the top of the hill so that the body of their beloved tusitala ('storyteller') could be buried the next day with full ceremonial privileges.

    On the tombstone is inscribed RL Stevenson's elegy with its famous last two lines:
    Home is the sailor, home from the sea
    And the hunter home from the hill.

    The museum is closed Saturday afternoons and all day on Sundays.

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    by ippel Updated Oct 7, 2009

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    After a night out in Apia we woke up at Seipepa. Someone said there was a taxi outside waiting for us. Almost forgotten, the evening before we planned a trip to the brewery with other backpackers. Without having breakfast the taxi took us to the Vailima brewery for a brewery tour. Great experience, especially a couple of hours after drinking lots of bottles Vailima.

    Price: Free.

    Make reservations because tours are only given on certain days.

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    by Tupee Updated Jan 19, 2005

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    Tattoo artist Kapuleni assisted by his son Senato uses traditional methods to create Samoan style tattoos


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Apia Nightlife

  • by xdalth Written Apr 1, 2003

    The Coast and I Spy two of Apia's finest clubs, Its has a decent number of Locals and Tourists, the Music can range from PDiddy to Shania Twain through to Metallica with a reasonable amount of Contemporary Music from Islands all over the Pacific. Friday is the Big night,but most clubs close at 2 to 3 am Saturday morning. But for the price of Alcohol It is worth it because a few hours is all you will need.

    Dress Code: Wear what ever you feel like wearing. I got in to the clubs with Jandals, Ripped Jeans and a T Shirt.

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Apia Warnings and Dangers

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    by TheJJuice Written Jan 19, 2005

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    I've heard varying reports on the true HIV rate in Samoa. As one would anywhere, practice safe sex and be cautious of sterilisation procedures. I witnessed several places doing tattoos (thr traditional way) without even cleaning the tools.

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Apia Off The Beaten Path

  • by Maneaba Written Dec 11, 2006

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    When visiting the Apia area you might try taking a hike up to the top of Maunga Vaea
    which the final resting place of Tusitala which is a Samoan word for Storyteller
    also better known to us as the famed author Robert Louis Stevenson.
    Stevenson began his travels from his native Scotland after contracting TB
    and wanted fresh air so he traveled across to the United States and lived in St Helena California
    for awhile the ventured on to Hawaii where he met with Hawaiian royalty
    and became friends with Princess Kai'ulani during her teenage years
    after Hawaii traveled to the present day Republic of Kiribati to the island of Abemama
    where he met with it's fierce chief Tem Binoka and became friends with him
    After leaving Abemama traveled on to Samoa and settled there and lived many years there
    and recuperated from his TB but died from a massive stroke in his old age.
    It took several big husky Samoan men
    to carry his coffin up to the top of the mountain where he is laid to rest
    It's about an hour and a half climb to the top of the mountain.

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    by bobiko Written Jun 20, 2005

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    rent a 4wd to get you around the island. trere is a sealed road around and cross the island, but off this road you will find a true wild expirience.
    Don´t forget to drive 4wd track! It´s track trough the banana and coconut-palm trees with a stunning views and great spots.

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    by ScottForster Written Mar 10, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Take extra time to explore Samoa. We spent three weeks in Samoa and probably felt like locals at the end. Dump the hire car and spend time travelling around the islands on the busses. They are an experience in themselves and worth the trip.
    The places you stop are wonderful and the people are always helpful and hospitable. There is a slowness in time and a peace that is there.

    Without doubt I would take a bike and cycle around Upolu with a fit friend. I would eat bananas and fresh fruit

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