Samoa is a South Pacific country made up of verdant islands, pristine beaches, and volcanic landscapes. The country’s two main islands are ‘Upolu and Savai’i and there are multiple other uninhabited islands as well. The people of Samoa follow a very distinct lifestyle called Fa’a, that embraces their ancient traditions, culture and customs. The people are friendly and love interacting with visitors. In case you are lucky, you can witness a colourful Samoan festival or a ritual, that is accompanied by traditional music and dance.
Despite being the larger island, Savai’i is less populated than ‘Upolu. The Savai’i island is covered with lava fields and ruins, which gives the island a spooky yet serene environment. The island’s villages will allow you to experience the traditional Samoan way of life, interact with the natives and understand their unique culture. The south coast of the island is known for its powerful blowholes like Alofaaga. And that’s not all! The island also features dense rainforests, beautiful waterfalls, volcanic mountains and stunning beaches which offer activities like swimming, kayaking and hiking.
The smaller island ‘Upolu, on the other hand, contains all the major highlights of Samoa and you will find beautiful falls, beaches and other natural sights here. The island is also home to the country’s capital Apia, a small city with a few local markets, bars and restaurants, and a cultural centre. The lovely Papapapai-tai Falls is located just 15 kilometres away from the city’s centre.
You will be no stranger to the To Sua Ocean Trench in the island’s southern coast, the beauty of which is glorified on social media. This enchanting swimming hole surrounded by lush greenery is undoubtedly one of nature’s best creations. On the same coastal stretch as the To Sua Trench, lies the spectacular Lalomanu Beach known for its white sands and crystal-clear waters. Just off the coast of this beach, lie the Aleipata islands, a group of four uninhabited islands. These islands offer amazing underwater activities like snorkelling and scuba diving and also boast of pristine beaches. The islands are also important seabird colonies and feature species like the tooth-billed pigeon and other endemic species.
Samoa is an amazing country of beaches, ruins, lava fields, and traditions. Blessed with abundant natural beauty and pristine landscapes, the country is nothing short of a paradise.
Samoa follow a very distinct lifestyle called Fa’a, that embraces their ancient traditions, culture and customs.