Western Samoa, with it's green, volcano-formed islands, is one of the least expensive South Pacific tourist destinations.
In some respects, it’s more "American" than American Samoa: More and better lodging options, a more sophisticated tourism infrastructure, and a more cosmopolitan capitol city, Apia. The outlying villages, on the other hand, appear older, more colorful, and less modern than those of American Samoa. The village of Maninoa, across Upolu Island from Apia, was the most photogenic of any I saw in either Samoa.
A visit to the remote island of Manono, whose Chief and family invited us into their homes, was one of my most pleasant experiences on any South Pacific island....Read More