Reasons to Visit
Samoans love their food and that is reflected in their restaurants. Menu's may well be limited by availability but everything they have will be freshly caught that day, often simply prepared the food is rarely gourmet but the ingredients are incredible. Weekends revolve around food with Saturday being almost entirely dedicated to the preparations for the enormous Sunday Umu which is often followed by a long sleep by the beach.
Samoa sits on the Pacific 'Ring of Fire' and there is evidence of this everywhere, with Savai'i still being active. A visit the village of Saleaula which was buried by a eruptions between 1905 and 1911 is a strange experience as you walk through buildings on a thick carpet of solid lava.
Few places in the world can be as laid back as Samoa. There is nowhere where you will feel rushed or pushed along and with that comes a wonderfully friendly approach to every aspect of life.
It does not take long to realise why this tiny island continues to produce such astounding rugby players. The average physique combined with the fact that they learn to play on incredibly hard pitches or the sharp black lava sand makes for some tough and very quick players!
Samoa is blessed with incredible natural beauty; the unspoilt islands are dominated by rugged mountain ranges, fringed with coral reefs and blue lagoons, stunning beaches, rainforests, lava fields and blow holes. This diverse landscape is the remnants of ancient volcanic activity, and one of the many things that make Samoa the wonderfully unique place it is.
Because the beaches around the Southern coasts of both Upolu and Savai’i have very little reef protecting them from the waves, Samoa is a surfers paradise. People travel from all over the world to surf here and there are lots of surf schools dotted along the coast.
Polynesian people are amongst some of the friendliest in the world and there is no better way to experience this first hand than to stroll amongst the flea markets and fresh food markets. Drink Kava with the local people and learn more about every day life in the Polynesian Islands.
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New Zealand & the South Pacific
The largest of the islands in Independent Samoa, Savai’i has a remote and slightly wild feel about it. The coastline boasts some fantastic beaches but not all are protected by reefs so in places the waters can be quite fierce.
The volcanic interior provides a stunning backdrop and the harsh scars of relatively recent volcanic eruptions slash through the lush greenery down to the blue Pacific Ocean.
There are many places of interest to visit, including lava tubes, blow-holes and tracts of untouched forest: this is far more than just a beach destination.
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