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December 1, 2016

Destination Samoa

Written by Zack Agerton

You are planning your next big adventure. The computer is buzzing as you zoom through possible destinations. Maybe Italy…. Oh! How about Mexico? No, no, no Thailand is the place to go. Let me stop you right there! Why not Samoa? Not Somalia… Samoa.

Yes the beautiful country smack dab in the middle of the grand Pacific Ocean. Experience remote pristine beaches, luscious green expanse, a mountainous interior riddled with waterfalls, and a mesmerizing unique culture.

Samoa is an island chain consisting of ten islands, 4 of which are inhabited. The majority of the islands have reef-bordered beaches teeming with ocean life. The majority of the population lives on the coast, leaving the central area mountainous, wild, and untamed. The people are among the most hospitable in the world, who continue to follow the Fa’a Samoa (The Samoan Way). Many think of the beaches when hearing about the South Pacific, but in truth much more is offered by this wondrous place.

Watch the sunset while fishermen in their outriggers cast nets near the beaches of Lalomanu. Hike along a river through a scene from Jurassic Park to be met by multiple breathtaking waterfalls in Faleaseela. Spend a day walking through the friendly capital of Apia shopping at the various markets. Swim in the cool spring waters of the cave pools at Piula. Feed sea turtles and walk the lava fields on the North coast of Savaii. Experience the culture first hand and prepare to be captivated by the traditional dances at a fia fia night.

Samoa is unlike anywhere else in the world. The stories and traditions run deep through the lave tube veins zigzagging underneath the islands. Take a chance, fulfill your wanderlust and explore somewhere off the beaten path. Thousands travel to the same worn out places, but how many can say they have been to the island of Samoa?

P.S. This is the first post of a series, which will cover variety of information about Samoa. Future posts will involve the following topics: What you must see on both Upolu and Savaii, general tips for getting around, and what food you have to try while here.

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