A vacation to Samoa Islands!
Last updated on September 16th, 2021 at 09:09 am
The destination is an ideal location to spend your vacation while enjoying the Polynesian lifestyle. The Samoa islands are a combination of mountains and coral reefs and classic and modern culture.
Samoa is made up of two islands put together- Upolu and Savai with four tiny islands. Samoa was declared an independent nation in the year 1962 from colonial rule. This blog will cover our favorite picks on the islands and some important information first-time travelers would find beneficial.
Time for a break
People usually ask us what is the best time to visit Samoa and how many days are ideal to see all major sites? Samoa is a great place to visit any time of the year so there is no best time. In our opinion, a week to 10 days is enough to cover all major sports on the island and still setting some time apart for relaxation. Since the island is vast, a lot of time is spent driving from one location to another. Savai is comparatively obscure than other parts of Samoa.
Interesting information that might come in handy!
- The currency of Samoa is Samoan Tala(WST). Try to pay in the native currency as much as possible.
- Keep your travel insurance updated before planning a trip to Samoa.
- Samoans prefer driving on the right side of the road. Keep this in mind when you are on the road.
- Wearing a skirt is common for men in Samoa. The wrap around is famous as ‘ei lavalava skilt’. You would find more men in kilts than in trousers.
- In Samoan, culture tattoos are a huge deal and are gender specifics. Samoans are probably the oldest tattooists in the world. Tattoos for men are called Pe a.
- Samoan men cook special meals on Sunday in earthen ovens called Umu.
Best destinations to visit in Samoa Islands
Now that you have a crash- course in the Samoan culture, it is time to explore the islands. One destination at a time.
The first destination is Apia. It is the capital city of the islands, situated in the northern part of Upolu in Samoa. Apia has kept up with the times with streets filled with restaurants and local boutiques selling authentic products. Apia also has an international airport bringing travelers from New Zealand, Australia, and other nations.
Upolu has public transportation available for everyone, with the bus being the most used one. A bus is a great option for inland exploration, however, if you have plans to travel outside the city limits, Car Rental is an ideal option. There are several Car Rental services available at the Faleolo Airport or in the city. A quick tip- locate gas stations ahead of your journey as running on an empty tank doesn’t make for a pleasant trip.
Samoan Cultural Village
The second spot on our list is Samoan Cultural Village. Samoan has a rich history and unique culture. But taking a tour of the village will inscribe great memories in your heart and will make for great conversations back home. The authorities organize two-hour-long free tours for everyone interested. We highly recommend these cultural tours. The tours are organized every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 10 in the morning. The tours are intelligently designed to give you a peek into the Samoa culture.
You will see traditional woodworking, and Tapa( bark cloth preparation), Umu( traditional Samoan earth oven). The tour is a great excuse for the kids to have a great time outdoors.
Palolo Deep Marine Reserve
The next place on our list is Palolo Deep Marine Drive. The spot is located just outside the heart of Apia. The blue hole drop-off is the most popular spot in the reserve. You will be surrounded by a marine world of corals and reef fish. Tourists have been complimenting the coral density and colors available in the reserve.
Time plays an important part here. If you want to get the full experience of the reef then visit during the high tide, when the water level will be high enough for you to swim over the reef. However, people who know little to no swimming are advised to enter with safety pieces of equipment as the currents tend to be strong. You and your little ones can rent snorkeling gear and make a day out of it. Some online reviews have criticized the quality of hired snorkeling equipment. So, you can bring your along.
Time for some retail therapy. Fugalei Market is a popular spot for foreign tourists to buy local produce and authentic Samoan foods. The market is located in the heart of Apia. You will find fresh local products such as papaya, bananas, starfruit, citrus, and breadfruits in the market. Though, you do not have to worry about opening days of the market as it is open all 7 days of the week. Travelers pack on snacks and fresh fruits from here before heading out of the city to explore far-off areas. Nui (young coconut) is a favorite among kids and works wonders as a healthy substitute for soft drinks.
This brings us to the end of our blog. Samoa is a tranquil island where you can indulge in local culture and several outdoor activities. Now that everything has started to open up, do not waste your precious years lounging on the couch. So, get up and get exploring.
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