The Pacific nation of Samoa is comprised of two islands; namely Upolu and Savai’i. Both of these islands feature dramatic natural beauty traits such as volcanic cones, lava fields and lush rainforests. While this is the ideal environment for those who like to explore and try out adventure sports, there are also big cities where a good meal and plenty of pampering are never far away.
Destinations in Samoa
Samoa’s most famous resident was Robert Louis Stevenson, who lived in Apai during the last years of his life. The Robert Stevenson Museum is a popular attraction and it was built by the author just before his death. Situated on the crest of Mount Vailima is Robert Louis Stevenson’s grave, and taking the path to visit the grave in the early morning is a pretty walk.
Upolu is the largest of Samoa’s islands and there are plenty of good spots for surfing, particularly off the coast near the Salani Resort. Vailima village is a good place to visit and there are some pretty waterfalls nearby. Also worth visiting is Lake Lanoto, which is home to some large and lovely rare gold fish.
There is plenty of accommodation options on Samoa, with styles and prices available to suit all budgets. While basic dorm rooms are readily available and comfortable, single rooms are on hand for just a little more. Those with a taste for luxury can stay in lavish garden bungalows. The best selection of accommodation is in Apai; however, there are still plenty of places to stay in Upolu.
Faleolo International Airport is located about an hour’s drive from Apia. There are direct flights several times a week from Auckland, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne as well as weekly connecting flights from Los Angeles. Local ferries also run between Pago Pago and Apia.