I like no traffic- when there is No traffic. That happens only a couple of times- 1) On Savai'i there is never traffic because there's no people- OK there are a few, but there are even less cars; 2) Apolima and Monano Islands are too tiny for cars I heard- so there's no traffic there I'm guessing; 3) On Sunday before noon in Apia, you can stand in the middle of the main intersection (where McDonald's is - yes- unfortunately there) and not see a car. Try that anytime afterwards and you'll get run over at the drivethough mister.
And don't call me sister. That's Janet- Ms. Jackson to you. Sorry- it just came out. 3 weeks in Samoa will do that to you.
The reef circle the entirity of each island out here and it's unreal. The snorkeling should therefore also be unreal. Everyone says to go to Paodolo ( i think that's how you spell it) in Apia and go snorkeling- it's unreal...
All the tourists i saw there, and that's not many, said the snorkeling was unreal! I personally wasn't impressed. Most of the coral is dead and fish were few and far between. Then again, I went at low tide and I heard from those who know that it's only good at high tide. You might want to keep that in mind. I didn't. But then again, even those there at low tide thought it was "great.'" No comment. Or did I just make one? Doh!
Well, it is a nice place to spend a few hours. You can rent gear for a couple of tala and entry is only 2 tala as well. There are huts and benches, toilets and a nice breeze.
Well, I'm not a religious man by any means, and I'm not even a Christian, but that doesn't matter- samoans will take you as a friend no matter. It seems to me that if Jesus is coming back, he's coming to Samoa- no one loves him more than these people.
Take the Bus. Everyone says they had to rent a car to "Do Samoa." Granted everyone "does Samoa" in a few days and drives all over the place stinking up the place. The bus is the best way to go in my opinion. Ok- yes they may stink up the place more than the cars, but they look better. They have cool names, like Meanest here, and they have great colors. Plus inside, you never know if Jesus or The Rock will be hanging over the driver's head. But the passengers are the best part. You'll never stand on a Samoan bus. And you'll never get over the image of 3 massive Samoan men and women squeezed into a tiny seat, sittting on top of each other like fun - loving kids.
One of many BBQs we ate in Western Samoa. Unfortunately, these are not as common in Apia, on Upolu as they are in Savai'i.
I am extremely biased when it comes to BBQ. And the BBQ in Savai'i was much better in Savai'i, much more available and cooked to please.
If you are adventurous than you would love to jumb under the falling water of Olemoe water fall, a truly fun experience and if you are feeling more adventurous climb higher on the sides and jump down, its great stuff.
It's official - you don't need to travel to Hawaii to catch an awesome wave! Upolu's village of Salani offers the best of Samoa's Surf.
If you stay at the Salani Surf Resort, they have surfguides that are qualified lifeguards - who take you out to greet the action and save you if you need rescuing.
Visit Beaches - Lalomanu, Matareva, Vavao, Piula Cave Pool
Hire a car\jeep so you have the freedom to explore the villages and scenery on your own (take a map)
Visit Village Life, caution dont just walk into a village unless youve been invited, ask at the Visitors Bureau in town, or the guide where you are staying and they may be able to help. In a village you will see and maybe learn a little Fa'a Samoa (the Samoan Way of Life)
These beaches are beautiful, lazy and unpolluted go there if you want to relax get a tan or just soak up the sun. If you want to try other water activities, you can go snorkelling or surfing, theres a Surf Resort called Salani Surf Resort
Traditional Village life in Samoa is like no other, from the young children to the elder people, each person has a role and a place.
Sunday is church day all over Samoa, people dress up and walk to church. If you are traveling around on a sunday you wil meet people dressed in white erywhere on their way to church near by.
Run! SARS has liquified! We thought SARS was bad enough- but it's multiplied- it's not just SARS TIME- it's DOUBLE SARS time. Ahhhhhhhhh!
Tastes like Rootbeer though.
Swimming in natural rock pools is a must - the water is fresh and cool - some villages may charge tourists so it is best to go with friends or a guide
visit the lovely beaches, go round the island, visit the natural Paivua sweet-water pool direct beside the much warmer sea
Siumu, Apia, Samoa
Good for: Business
This hotel has a relatively interesting history which I encourage you to read if you happen to stay...more
South Coast, Maninoa Village, PO Box 3684, Apia, Upolu, Samoa
Good for: Business