Samoa: Your Destination for Natural Beauty and Outdoor Fun
Single parent travel | Guest article | 28 March 2013
If you love natural beauty and having fun outdoors Samoa should be on your list of places to visit
If you love natural beauty and having fun outdoors, Samoa should be on your list of places to visit. The rainforests, pristine beaches and waterfalls of the 10 Samoan islands will have you feeling like you just stepped into a postcard. And the weather couldn’t be any more perfect — the temperature averages 30 degrees all year, and the ocean is about 25 degrees.
Here are some places to visit and things to do when you take your Samoan holiday.
This island is home to Apia, the capital city of Samoa, and the airport. Here you’ll find uncrowded beaches to the south, and dense, tropical vegetation in the interior mountains. The Falefa Valley is lush with plant life, and you can spend hours watching the intoxicating waterfalls. Be sure to check out Papapapai-Tai Falls and Togitogiga and Sopoaga waterfalls.
Vaiula Beach Fales is situated beachfront in the village of Tafatafa on the south coast. Come here for great fishing and surfing. The Samoa Tourism Authority maintains the Saanapu and Sataoa Mangroves, and visitors can take a guided canoe tour.
Apia Harbor is also definitely worth checking out. The views at sunrise and sunset are amazing, and you will enjoy watching the boats, yachts, ferries and cruisers. The wood lighthouse at Apia Harbor is also an interesting spot to visit.
Lauiula Beach Fales
This exquisite white, sandy beach is located on Lano, Savaii. The crystal-clear lagoon is worth seeing as well. Lauiula Beach Fales is great for swimming and snorkelling, and it is also known as one of the best spots for kite surfing.
These natural features — some of the most beautiful in the country — are located in the district of Palauli on the island of Savai’i. When the tide rolls in, powerful waves come up through a series of tubes, known as blowholes, created from lava flows. The water erupting through these blowholes looks like fountains or geysers.
Tafua Peninsula Rainforest Preserve
This preserve is located along the south eastern coast of Savai’i. Here you can see the best assortment of flora and fauna in Samoa. There is also a lovely, scenic walk that leads to the extinct Tafua Savai’i volcanic crater.
Falealupo Rainforest Preserve
This preserve is located on the south-western coast of Savai’i. The canopy walkway in the forest provides spectacular views and lush greenery and flowers. While exploring this area, do some bird watching and check out all the interesting varieties of trees and orchids.
Le Pupu Pue National Park
This park, which means “From the Coast to the Mountain Top,” offers wonderful views of Samoan wildlife and is the only tourist destination in Samoa that doesn’t have entry fees for tourists. Good hikers can check out a cave and a waterfall within the thick rainforest. The park is designed to host the habitat of an endangered Tongan species, the Tongan fruit bat, or flying fox, which illegal hunting has almost rendered extinct.
Auala Green Turtle Conservation
This conservation site is located on the northwest coast of Savai’i and is the site of the largest turtle preserve in the world. The magnificent green turtles continue to be hunted in the wild for their meat, which is why they need to be preserved. The guides of Auala village will offer their vast knowledge about these beautiful creatures and the conservation’s efforts to save them.
This tranquil centre of Upolu Island, which has been designated as a national park, is the perfect place to hike to in the morning and at dusk. The lake, which is also known as Goldfish Lake, is a volcanic crater. Along your walk, you can check out the many plants and extraordinary birds in the area. In fact, this forest is one of the last refuges of two birds: the rare tooth-billed pigeon and the giant honey eater. And once you arrive at the cool, green water, take a swim and enjoy the view.
Palolo Deep Marine Reserve
For the adventurous, this Samoan spot offers the opportunity for a wide range of water activities, such as swimming, diving, rafting and snorkelling. A variety of marine life can be seen here as well.
Enjoy Samoa for a Beautiful and Enriching Holiday
Exploring these beautiful islands is not only fun — it’s a great way for you and your friends or family to enjoy cheap holidays in Samoa. When you’re relaxing on the beach, you can enjoy the sun and water without blowing your budget.
No matter where you go and what you do in Samoa, your breath will be taken away every day. And that’s an experience you won’t want to miss.
About the Author: Melba Walker is a writer and a travel expert. She helps all her friends and family plan their trips, especially to places that are full of natural beauty.
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