A February 2002 trip
to Western Samoa by Maximax
Quote: Western Samoa is a tropical destination with a sense of history and magical palm fringed beaches. It is quite off the regular tourist path. The people are friendly, transport is reasonable and accommodation is sometimes unusual. I think of it as the bargain of the Pacific
I caught up with history at Robert Louis Stevenson's house in the outskirts of the capital Apia. I climbed the mountain to see his grave. It had a lovely view and I enjoyed a splash around in a cool waterfall.
I caught a ferry over to Savaii. I saw a terrific blow hole. I climbed an ancient Polynesian mound in the middle of the rainforest and saw flying foxes.
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I especially liked these fales:
Namua Island Fales
The tourist office in Apia can book any fale for you and the chance is it will be on a special sandy beach.
I laughed when someone told me about snorkelling in Apia. I was very surprised to find the lovely Palolo Deep Reserve there. I swam out to where a stick showed the best viewing area. Here I saw deep structures of coral and every colourful fish I could ever wish for. I have snorkelled the Great Barrier Reef and this reserve was just as good. Wow! It cost a small amount to go to but was worth it.
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