Apia, Western Samoa

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The first Polynesians arrived in Western Samoa around 1000 B.C. Three millennia later, the islands formed one of the last bastions of traditional Polynesian culture. Apia, the capital of Western or Independent Samoa, is a city of 40,000 on the island of Upolu. Its picturesque waterfront is lined with public buildings, shops and trading companies. The town now comprises of modern 3-5 story buildings all along the waterfront. Government has built some very modern buildings to house most of the government offices. The village settings can only be seen in the outskirts of town within a radius of 15 miles.

Western Samoa has long lured Westerners to its islands. The most famous expatriate of all was Robert Louis Stevenson, who lived at Vailima, and was buried near the summit of Mt. Vaea.

Dress in light, comfortable clothing when visiting Apia. The dress code is quite casual. Shorts are appropriate for men. Dress for women is more conservative. The local women wear long skirts, dresses, lava lavas or muumuus.

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  • Robert Louis Stevenson House Robert Louis Stevenson House

    Famed novelist Robert Louis Stevenson, best known for Treasure Island, once resided in this house in the small village of Vailima. His house now serves as a historic museum with authentic period furnishings.

  • Mulinuu Peninsula Mulinuu Peninsula

    This site hosts the burial grounds of the former kings of Samoa, dating back to the 17th Century. The peninsula is also home to the Apia Observatory for meteorologic study and the beehive-style Samoan Parliament building, the heart of the Samoan government.

  • Piula Cave Pool Piula Cave Pool

    Piula College sits on the edge of the naturally occurring freshwater Piula Cave Pool. Take a plunge in the subterranean turquoise waters, and swim back into the giant cave.

  • Traditional Market Traditional Market

    Visit a traditional market where local vendors sell a variety of Samoan handicrafts, fresh produce or the day's fresh catch. Pick up something new to taste or a unique memento to take home.

  • Sopo'aga Falls Sopo'aga Falls

    Stop at the spectacular Sopo'aga Waterfall and take pictures of this natural wonder. Gaze out from a lush tropical garden, and take in the spectacular waterfall in a deep green gorge.

  • Cultural Experience Cultural Experience

    Watch or take part in a traditional ceremony. Listen to the local language, learn about time-honored traditions and customs.

  • Tafatafa Beach Tafatafa Beach

    Arrive at Tafatafa Beach, and refresh with a swim in the light blue waters. Stroll along the beach, or rest under a Samoan fale and enjoy the shade.


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