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Located in the heart of Polynesia, below the equator and halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii, Samoa features rainforest covered volvcanic mountain peaks, white sandy beaches, cascading waterfalls and fascinating Fa’a Samoa (Samoan Way) and Polynesian culture.
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The two main islands of Samoa, Savaii and Upolu are just 10km away from each other, but offers visitors different experiences.
Upolu is Samoa’s most populous island and home to the capital Apia, a small city with a colourful food market. Elsewhere on the island are snorkelling spots, blue lagoons, lush rainforests and rivers.
With a smaller population than Upolu, Savai’i is Polynesia’s third largest Polynesian island and the perfect place to discover traditional Samoan culture and lifestyle. Natural highlights of the island include the tropical rainforests teeming with wildlife, waterfalls and the dramatic Saleaula lava fields, a landscape left behind after Mt Matavanu erupted more than 100 years ago.
Samoa has some of the most beautiful and enticing islandscapes in the South Pacific. It’s an opinion few travellers will disagree with once they’ve spent a few weeks rattling up steep rocky trails to share into the overgrown maws of extict craters, swished their way through the lush undergrowth of sprawling plantations to clamber into eerie lava tubes, and strapped on a mask before coming face to face with multicoloured coral and other marine life in the shallow waters of deliriously lovely lagoons.
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The most comfortable time to visit Samoa is between May and October, during the country’s dry season. An extra incentive to visit at this time of year is that this is when mahor Samoan festivals are held. During the wet season from November to April, the islands tend to squelch underfoot and receive the occasional battering from tropical cyclones.
The average annual temperature is 26.5°C in coastal areas, with a decrease in temperature as the land rises inland, while humidity averages around 80%.
Access to the island is fairly straightforward from anywhere around the world. However, travelling there will almost always entail reaching one of the connecting points first. Look around for low cost flights to the beautiful island and beyond.
The scent of frangipani wafts through the air, the ocean laps onto the beach and the sun is setting over the horizon. You have come to this beautiful island to enjoy your honeymoon, and beside you is your soul mate and true love.
Nothing could be more romantic than spending your honeymoon in Samoa, and to make the occasion memorable you can choose between a tropical garden with fragrant scents filling the air, by the fresh water pool at the base of a cascading waterfall or a secluded beach on an uninhabited island at sunset.
• Visit the colourful markets in Apia – the fruit market has a plethora of tropical fruits to sample and the nearby flea market has local handicrafts. Early on a sunday morning the fish market is also worth a visit, with a wide range of delicious unusual catches.
• Visit the former home of Robert Louis Stevenson, the Author of Treasure Island. Robert Louis Stevenson spent his final years in Samoa. His former home, which is well worth a visit, is now a museum and his grave can be reached with a scenic walk through lush rainforest to the top of Mt Vaea, from which you will have panoramic views of Apia.
• Visit the Teuila Festival – a week of culture and traditional entertainment including fire knife dancing, traditional sports, wood carving, tattooing and a parade. It usually takes place during August.
• Mt Matavanu – When this mountain erupted in 1905, five villages were buried under the lava flow. Today, on the Saleaula Lava Field, half-buried churches, a virgin grave and lava mounds (imprints of trees etc) can still be found as you walk over this fascinating geological expanse.
• Explore tropical rainforests – Explore the lush tropical rainforests, which are bursting with native wildlife including skinks, flying foxes, geckos and birds among a plethora of fascinating flora.