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Samoa, an unknown place for the traveler

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Most people have heard of Samoa. Many may not be able to point it out on the map, but they know it is an island in the South Pacific, but not everyone knows that there are two Samoa. Perhaps, the American is more recognizable, but you must know that, although it is about subtle differences, there are and there are many.

Samoa is an independent nation formed by 2 main islands, Upolu and Savaii, and several smaller and uninhabited islands.

The capital of Samoa is called Apia. The 2 are similar in that they are in a bay and have little traffic congestion. Its people are some of the warmest and most welcoming people you can find, their culture remains unchanged, and although it has been somewhat influenced, it still maintains its own identity.


Upolu

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Upolu is named after a character from Polynesian mythology and is the name of the first woman to set foot on the island. This is the most populated island of Samoa in the southern Pacific Ocean. This island is about 74 km long and 26 wide of a wooded interior and humid tropical climate. In addition, its volcanic mountain range has on Mount Fito its maximum elevation with 1,100 meters.

On the north coast is the port of Apia, which is the main commercial and political center of the island. Upolu offers an eclectic mix of natural riches that extend beyond white sandy beaches and blue lagoons and do not forget to visit the idyllic beach of Lalomanu. Take some of the roads that will lead you to lush rainforests and wonderful waterfalls.

When it is no longer so hot, you will see many locals doing sports, rugby or footie or kirikiti, a local version of cricket. The nightlife of Apia is very important, you will see that there are a lot of restaurants, shows, pubs, discos, and places to enjoy gastronomy, folklore and nightlife.


Savai’i

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Savai’i, the largest and western island of Samoa, in the South Pacific Ocean. It is separated from Upolu in the east by the Strait of Apolima. Savai’i is about 80 km long and 40 km wide. This island is very mountain and you will find a series of volcanic craters that go from the east coast of Tuasivi to the Cape Mulinu’u.

Since the beginning of 1911 there have been no eruptions like those that in 1900 ruined the plantations in Savai’i.

Savai’i is less developed than its neighbor Upolu, and its cultural life is considered more traditional. Little livestock is raised on this island, but there are many boars. In 1970, the government created a reforestation program that began in Asau, but the fires that devastated the island in 1998 and ended with a quarter of the forests.

Do not go without swimming with turtles, visit some of the most magnificent waterfalls such as Afu Aau, or admire the blowholes, the northern craters, the ruins of the villages, the lava fields, a wonder to behold.


Manono & Apolima Islands

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Travel to farthest Pacific, without any car, no mobile, without noises or oppression, you will be heard only birds sounds & no more…for visiting Apolima island you need an invitation from some islander, here you will find footpath with churches & many fales that belong to this small community.

Arrive to Manono island is easy, a trip by boat of 20 minute approximately & you will arrive to main port called Salelologa. In Manono islandlife isdeveloped very quiet without cars or noises. Here you will find tracks & one of the best beaches.