Saturday, September 18, 2021

Things To See in Samoa

Australia and OceaniaSamoaThings To See in Samoa
  • National Parks. Both Upolu and Savaii have numerous national parks. These include tropical foliage, a variety of birds, and several fascinating lakes. On Savaii, the Falealupo Rainforest Preserve offers a brief canopy walkway where you may sleep in the trees. On Upolu, Lake Lanoto’o National Park features a unique lake where imported goldfish thrive and develop to incredible proportions.
  • Waterfalls. The interior regions of both Savaii and Upolu contain several magnificent waterfalls, some of which plunge 100 meters. Those on Upolu are a little easier to reach. Atop Upolu, the Papase’ea Sliding Rocks feature just a small drop, but the flora on the falls allows for an interesting tumble into the pool below.
  • Blowholes. The sea pushing water up through tunnels in volcanic rocks has created some magnificent blowholes on Savaii.
  • Caves. Both islands have fascinating caverns.
  • Lava Fields. Parts of Savaii have been buried with lava rock as a result of Mt. Matavanu’s numerous eruptions.
  • Villages. Although Western-style structures are becoming more popular, traditional Samoan fales may still be seen everywhere. These are oval or circular in form, with wooden pillars supporting a domed roof. There are no walls, however shades may be drawn to provide seclusion. The village is extremely significant in Samoan culture, and village communities are governed by rigorous regulations.
  • Beaches. Samoa is home to miles and miles of gorgeous, deserted beaches. There are a variety of accommodations available, ranging from modest beach fales to luxury resorts. Beaches are almost always owned by the nearby village, and the communities often charge a modest fee to use them.
  • Museums. For the final five years of his life, Scottish novelist Robert Louis Stevenson lived in Samoa. His house, located just outside of Apia, is now a museum. Apia’s Museum of Samoa is also well worth a visit.
  • Kilikiti. This is the Samoan equivalent of cricket, and it is extremely popular among both men and women in Samoan communities. The game’s concept is the same as in cricket, but the regulations vary greatly and there seems to be significant freedom in their interpretation. The bat and the fact that balls are thrown from each end alternately rather than the six-ball overs in cricket are the most apparent differences. Kilikiti is played on concrete fields on village greens, and it is accompanied by a great deal of noise and passion.