WHY VISIT SAMOA
Western Samoa consists of two main islands, Savai’i and Upolu and 7 small islands, two of which are inhabited, Apolima and Manono. They have preserved their traditional culture and avoided mass tourism, which makes them more attractive than American Samoa.
You will visit Apia, the capital, with remarkable monuments such as the clock tower, the cathedral, the former observatory, the Parliament, the Court of Justice, the market, and the home of writer Robert Louis Stevenson.
Also worth seeing are the Pololo Deep marine reserve and the lagoon, the Papapapai-Tia waterfalls, and on Upolu the beach of Aganoa Black Sand Beach.
American Samoa owns the main island of Tutuila and 5 other small islands.
The capital Pago Pago, on Tutuila, offers a beautiful setting of volcanoes and tropical forests, a pretty harbor, and a museum that traces the history of the island. To the north, the Forbidden Bay site is reputed to be one of the most beautiful in the Pacific.
You can also discover the beautiful beaches of the island of Ofu or the exotic birds on the island of Fatamafut, as well as the tombs of the ancient chiefs on Ta’u Island, which also houses an active volcano of 931 meters Of altitude, the culminating point of the place.
The main activities are swimming in the sublime lagoons with warm waters, fishing, surfing, diving in coral reefs, or trekking in tropical forests.
WHEN TO GO TO SAMOA
The best period to visit Samoa is from June to September.
There is a tropical climate with a dry season from May to November and a rainy season between December and April.
High temperatures are greatly tempered by the trade winds, but during the wet season, you can experience severe thunderstorms and sometimes cyclones.
The best time to discover the archipelago is during the dry season, especially from June to September.
Following is a list of typical festivals and celebrations of Samoa.
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HOW TO REACH AND TRAVEL THROUGH SAMOA
On the spot, in Western Samoa, the two main islands offer bus lines or vehicle rentals, and boats provide daily connections between the islands. On American Samoa, there are many taxis and one can also rent a car.
GENERAL INFORMATION ON SAMOA
health tips & vaccination: none
local currency: Samoan Tala
local time zone: GMT +13
electricity: type I (230 V – 50 Hz)
WHAT TO DO IN SAMOA
typical food in Samoa
souvenirs from Samoa
SIMPLE SAMOAN DICTIONARY
How are you?: Ua mai oe?
Thank you: Fa’afetai
What is your name?: O ai lou igoa?