Fun things to do in Independant State of Samoa

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    O Le Pupu-Pue National Park

    by FelixB Updated Oct 27, 2005

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    Upolu's only National Park is one of the only sights in Samoa, where you don't have to pay for. There are fales available for a picnic. The main "attraction" are probably the Togitogiga Falls. A stream falls down two levels into two beautiful pools.

    Accessing the pools is quite a challenge as it is very steep and there is no proper path. There are fales up on the top from where you can see the waterfalls & pools. From there we climbed down to the bottom pool; this is the easiest way to get to it. If you want to get into the first pool you'll have to climb down a steep wall of rocks and jump from there into the pool. Be careful and make sure that you see how deep it is.

    The best thing was jumping from there into the bottom pool. Great fun!

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    Return To Paradise Beach

    by FelixB Written Jul 28, 2004

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    This is one of the most beautiful beaches Samoa has to offer. The beach got its name from the movie "Return To Paradise" starring Clark Gable from the 1950s. This beach belongs to the village of Lefaga and when entering the beach you have to pay a little fee according to the size of your vehicle. It is not much but it helps the village that wouldn't get any money from the tourism industry otherwise.
    The beach is very clean and there are fale and toilets right next to the beach, so this would be a nice spot to spent an afternoon.
    You should be careful when trying to swim there, as it's full of corals and the risk of injury is quite high. There is quite good snorkeling, however.

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    Papase'ea Sliding Rocks

    by FelixB Updated Jul 29, 2004

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    Papase'ea Sliding Rocks is a bunch of waterfalls in the midst of Samoa's rain forest. From Apia, it's a ten minute drive and I think it costs only 10 Tala by taxi. So that'd be probably the best way to get there, unless you don't have a car. At the entrance you have to pay a little fee, but make sure that there is enough water running on that stream because during the dry season there will be hardly any water and sliding is not possible. After paying you have to walk down some hundred metres of stairs. Pretty exhausting, but it's worth it.
    There are 3 slides. The first one is about 6 metres high and is quite steep. The mossy surface, however, ensures a safe and respectively smooth slide. The next slide is quite small, but water falls down into a horse-shoe-shaped deep pool and from there you go onto the last slide a bit longer but more bumpier ride.
    All were great fun and we didn't get harmed. Nonetheless, you should be careful when going back up because it's sometimes very slippery.

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    Apia

    by FelixB Updated Sep 12, 2004

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    Apia is not big and you will hardly find many big buildings there. However, most hotels are here.
    In the city center at the main roundabout you'll find the parliament and the treasury as it is the capital of Samoa. These buildings were sponsored by the Chinese government and as a matter of fact they do look a little bit Communist-style. Near to the parliament is also the main market, where nearly all busses depart from.
    You'll find McDonald's, the Air New Zealand Travel Centre, the flea market, cinema and other shopping facilities here. Apia is as Samoa's capital and the best place for souvenir hunting a must.

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    In the Middle of Nowhere - Fuipisia Falls

    by FelixB Written Jul 29, 2004

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    This fall is right in the middle of Upolu, in the rainforest. You will have to look out for a sign on the Inter-Island-Road. You will arrive at someone's house and you have to pay a little fee (5-7 Tala). Then you are allowed to walk a path through thick rain forest. And then it seems to appear from nowhere, but in front of you is a steep slope and on the other side is this magnificent waterfall. It's pretty amazing. This is the highest waterfall in Samoa, I think.

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    Piula Cave Pools

    by FelixB Updated Oct 27, 2005

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    Underneath the monastry of Piula is the Piula Cave Pool. Taking a photo of the freshwater pool is for free, but if you wish to swim in it you have to pay a fee of around 5 Tala towards the monastry. The pool is right next to the ocean shore but waters don't mix. The water is cool, calm and crystal clear. You can swim through the cave and leave it on another side.

    There where only few people when I was there and it's quite pleasant. I think that spending an hour to just relax is well worth it.

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    Sunday Church

    by FelixB Written Jul 29, 2004

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    Samoans are the most religious people in the South Pacific and they take their Sundays ver seriously. On Sunday morning they all dress up in white dresses and go to church. During that time it is better to stay in the hotel and not on the street or at the beach. If you are in a resort going to the beach is acceptable.
    When on the road from the airport to Apia you can see about 90 churches. Every village has got it's own and style and size differ often.

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    Turtle Colony

    by FelixB Written Jul 31, 2004

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    Half way between Faleolo Int'l airport and Samoa there will be a large pond on one side of the road. Some palm trees will border it and the shore will be on the opposite. You won't see them at first because there hiding, but if you throw some bread or grass into the water chances are high that they will come to the surface. There will be about 20 free-living turtles from really huge size to baby size. They are so beautiful and the best thing is that not everyone knows that they are there.

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    The waterfalls of Upolu

    by 2rs Updated Feb 22, 2004

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    There are many beatifull waterfalls in Samoa. Rent a car for a day and drive around the Island of Upolu and see them in a day. Some are nice places to have a cooling swim, while others are just for the scenic view.

    Have a look at my Upolu waterfalls travelogue for details and pictures .

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    Canoe tour in the Sataoa mangroves

    by 2rs Updated Dec 28, 2003

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    One of Upolu's most important wetland areas are located around the villages of Sataoa and Sa'anapu. In an effort to preserve the area it has been declared a conservation area with support from UNESCO.

    The local conservation comitee maintains a nature trail trough the mangroves and arranges an 1 - 2 hour tour with a walk into the lush mangrove forrest followed by a trip in a small outrigger canoe.

    This is a very special experience that you should not miss and well worth its price of 30 Talla.

    Have a look at my Sataoa Mangroves travelogue for pictures and more.

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    Return to Paradise Beach

    by davidfaroe Written May 1, 2009

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    It is simply amazing. As everywhere in Samoa, it is, nothing to do. Just swim, read in one of the most exotic places on earth. You won't find too many people on this beach, as it is not easily accessible and it doesn't have any resort near.
    One photo makes one million words so I attached you four million words :)
    Remind that you don't have any food or beverage outlets on the beach. The closest one is at around 3 miles (5km).
    There is an entrance fee, around 20 WST (around 5 euro or 7 usd)

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    Road Trip

    by davidfaroe Written May 1, 2009

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    So, avoid to stay in resorts or in Apia. Rent a car and use every single road in Upolu. As you live Apia, take the southern road and we'll have a real scenic road. You can not get lost because it's only one road :). At first, you'll have the turquoise sea on your right. After a while you'll pass through a mountainous region, surrounded by the most impressive luxuriant vegetation. Back to the sea, you'll have the most beautiful beaches in Upolu. The road will drive you to the famous Lalomanu Beach (around 2 hours drive). It's beautiful, good for swim, but way to crowded for my taste. They build fala for tourist (traditional house - something like a tent) on every plot, and, in my opinion lose the charm of the beach. Although, Lalomanu it's a good place for swimming; just don't believe the postcards :).
    There is also a scenic road that connects the south and the north. You'll have good signs that lead you to 2 lovely waterfalls.
    Don't forget to have enough petrol, because it can be quite tricky to find a gas station outside Apia. The car eat more fuel because of mountainous relief. And take more time beacause Samoa has a 55 km/h speed limit and the roads are narrow and in a quite bad condition.

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    Beach

    by Jenny-Lemalu Written Apr 25, 2006

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    escape the hassle of town and take a trip to the rural areas where all the beautiful Beaches are at...
    Visit the Paradise Beach where the classis "Return to Paradise" was shot at....
    Matareva Beach....or more better....drive on down to Lalomanu and choose from the many beach fales..
    relax in the waters of the islands....
    i gaurantee the satisfactions..

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    Robert Louis Stevenson Museum

    by FelixB Updated Feb 15, 2005

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    The famous Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson, who wrote Jekyll & Hide and Treasure Island, was so fascinated by Samoa that he decided to live there and in fact he spent the major part of his life here. He's well known among the people back then and was loved by the children for his ability to tell stories. Therefore, is his Samoan name tusitala, which means storyteller. Stevenson was also involved in politics, as he was the tribal leader for his village. He stood up for the Samoan people against the colonial power(s).
    The Vailima estate, where he lived, is today a museum in his honour. It is certainly one of Samoa's most magnificent remains of colonial architecture. Inside there are old artefacts of his belongings as well.
    Stevenson died at Vailima and his grave is up a steep hill near to the mansion. The grave and the path up to it were built in a matter of a day by the people of 'Upolu in order to go with Samoan burial traditions.

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  • Must See Activity

    by savaliolefilemu Updated Jun 10, 2003

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    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.

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