Samoa Vacations, Honeymoon Packages and Romantic Getaways
Samoa, as opposed to America Samoa, consists of 10 individual islands in the heart of Polynesia. The main island, Apia, is typical of most of the others. It consists of a beautiful coastline, lush interior, sprawling plantations, extinct volcanic craters, towering mountain peaks, cascading waterfalls and green rainforests, all to be enjoyed on Samoa vacations. With this type of infrastructure, although the main attractions are the white sand beaches, ideal for water sports such as diving and snorkelling on Samoa vacations, the interior is a good place to explore by walking or cycling through picturesque villages. Although Savaii is the largest island of the Samoan archipelago, the capital Apia is on the more populated island of Upolu, which is also the seat of government and centre of commerce. It consists of a beautiful coastline, lush interior, sprawling plantations, extinct volcanic craters, and towering mountain peaks.
The Samoan People
Samoans are the largest group of full-blooded Polynesians in the world and have retained much of their ancient tradition and culture. Traditional tattooing is an intricate ancient art of Samoa and young Samoan males are tattooed with complex symbolic designs, from the lower chest to the knees. Samoans are a friendly if not very traditional group of people. The family unit is incredibly important and some villages are made up entirely of extended family members. Samoan (Polynesian) is the native language. However, English is widely spoken and is the official language.
Places to visit in Samoa
The city of Apia is bustling and friendly, a good starting point for travel around the country on Samoa vacations. There are still some early wooden colonial buildings scattered around the city and the traditional Polynesian lifestyle can be seen throughout the markets, churches and streets of Apia. Nearby and hovering over the city is Mount Vaea which can be climbed reasonably easily. Savaii is considerably less developed than Upolu, dotted with secluded beaches and crowned in the centre by the 609 feet Mt Matavanu, whose eruptions in 1905 caused the people to migrate to neighbouring Upolu.
Namu’a Island is only a short boat ride from Upolu but once you are on this tiny private island, Upolu seems light-years away (though it’s clearly visible across the strait). There is no electricity so everything is lit by oil lamps at night. It is the perfect place for relaxing and swimming. If you are more active, you can climb up the steep central peak or snorkel the surrounding reef.
The tiny, tranquil island of Manono is where cars have been banished and therefore serenity reigns. Visitors should undertake the 1½-hour circumnavigation of the island via the path that winds its way between the ocean and people’s houses. You will be greeted cheerfully by the locals. The trail’s most beautiful section is Manono’s less-populated northern edge where little bays offer terrific views.
At the southeastern end of Upolu, the Aleipata district has good snorkelling and the beaches here are among the most beautiful in the world. Try walking into the sea off the spectacular white beach at Lalomanu. If you are lucky, you might spot a turtle,
Samoa is a great stopover en route to Australia and New Zealand, travelling around the Pacific or around the World. It is also a fabulous one-stop vacation destination. To sum up, Samoa has excellent beaches, great watersport facilities and exotic scenery to satisfy most hedonists.
Things to do in Samoa
The Samoa Cultural Village is open every weekday and a visit is a must. Knowledgeable hosts take visitors through all aspects of Samoan cultural and traditional life, with workshops on weaving, woodworking, siapo cloth making, traditional tatau, dance and music. Guests are also treated to an 'ava (kava) ceremony and lunch from the umu (hot-stone oven).
The Robert Louis Stevenson Museum & Mount Vaea National Reserve is where you will find the Scottish author's former residence. It is an entrancing place with perfectly manicured gardens. Stevenson's mansion, substantially destroyed in the cyclones in the early 1990s, was lovingly rebuilt and opened as a museum in 1994 on the centenary of Stevenson’s death. It contains many artefacts collected over time as this Scottish writer lived here for some time.
Also, your trip to Samoa needs to include a visit to one of the many markets selling fruit and vegetables as well as hand-crafted carvings. Maketi Fou is the best market to visit. This 24-hour market is a must-see shopping and social experience. Though primarily a produce market, pretty much everything is sold here. You will find siapo (decorated bark cloth), woodcarvings, coconut-shell jewellery, lava-lava (wraparound sarongs) and T-shirts.
The Mount Matavanu Crater was created by the devastation a century ago caused by the eruption of the volcano. It is accessed by taking a 4 wheel drive vehicle. Once at the crater, the views into the crater and the surrounding countryside are breathtaking.
Fishing in Samoa
Samoa is recognized as one of the top game fishing spots in the world. The waters of Samoa’s surrounding reefs are a playground for masimasi, marlin, albacore, wahoo, sailfish, giant trevally, dolphin fish (mahi-mahi), barracuda, dogtooth tuna and yellow-fin tuna. Combine that with the attraction of crystal clear waters and some of the Pacific's most picture-perfect scenery, and you will be pleased with a visit to Samoa. You can join one of the professional fishing operators and charters and head to sea for a few hours or If you have not done much fishing before, experienced crew offers lessons for beginners. For a truly authentic experience, you can join a local fishing trip as some villagers own the fishing rights.
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Samoa Vacation Information
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