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Other places with the same name see Samoa (Disambiguation). SaoAoA is an insular state in the South Pacific. The number of inhabitants is around 195,000, but many more Samoans are living outside the land, mainly in New Zealand, Australia and the United States. Situated about halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand.
Upolu and Savaii are the two major isles. Upolu is the country's capitol, Apia, and the world' s biggest and most important aerodrome. It is home to the German capitol, with the world' s biggest and most of the local people. It is also home to several small islets. It is the biggest isle; about 24% of the total inhabitants and less advanced than Upolu.
Apatia - Slightly run-down, relaxed city with some good properties. There are good shops, excellent food, good pubs and a good local amenities. No volcano is alive, but small seismic shocks shake the islands and remind of the volcanos' existence. The southern shore of the Isle of Upolu was struck by a disastrous tidal wave that claimed many lives in September 2009.
Last volcano erupted on Savaii in 1911. Most of the land is completely shrouded in luxuriant flora, although almost none is the pristine rain forest that used to cover the land before people were born. With Samoa having been populated for over three thousand years, the cultured land around the towns can often seem like the most deep, murky undergrowth.
Samoa is an excellent place for tourism in the South. The Samoans came from Southeast Asia around 1500-1000 BC. Mulifanua on the Upolu is the oldest known place of man's settlement from this period. 1830 came the London Mission, especially John Williams, and Samoa quickly adopted Christianity.
At the end of the nineteenth centuary, the Samoans had the call to be belligerent, as battles had taken place between them and the British, Germans and Americans, who wanted to use Samoa as a filling point for coal-fired ships and whales as well as for raw materials. In the Isle of Úpolu, Germany monopolised coppra and chocolate bead manufacturing, while the United States entered into coalitions with indigenous chiefs, mainly on the eastern isles, which were later incorporated into the United States as American Samoa and did not become independent.
Germany, America and Great Britain provided weapons and trainings for belligerent Samoans and fomented warfare. The three sent battleships to the port of Appia, when luckily for Samoa a great gale in 1889 caused damage or destruction to the battleships and ended the war. One important arrived was Robert Louis Stevenson, the Scotish writer who traveled to the South Pacific for his medical condition and moved to Samoa in the early 1890s.
You can visit his home in Vailima in Upolu and his tomb on the mound above. The early 1900s saw the beginning of an independent struggle on the Savai'i isle. The New Zealand army on December 28, 1929 launched a friendly Mau parade and killed 11 Samoans. In 1914 the West Samoa was invaded by the West Samoa Protection Council of Germany at the beginning of the First World War.
In 1997 the land abandoned the "Western" (which made it different from American Samoa) from its name. In December 2011 Samoa changed from the eastern side (UTC -11) to the westerly side (UTC +13). This move was to help companies with connections to New Zealand that only had 3 working nights per weeks (Monday in New Zealand was Sunday in Samoa & Friday in Samoa was Saturday in New Zealand).
It is a country ruled by an electoral government or a foundation. Samoa's economic situation depends in this order on transfers from families abroad, foreign assistance and export. The tourist industry is growing, representing 16% of GNP; about 85,000 visitors came to the archipelago in 2000. Survivor's 19 th series was shot on the Upolu in mid-2009.
Squadron 20 is also being shot in Samoa. Samoan government has appealed for de-regulation of the finance industry, promotion of investments and continuation of budgetary rigour. Opinion leaders point to the labour market's flexibilty as a basis for further progress in the economy. Samoa Tourism Authority administers information centers that offer tourist information, cards, brochures and more.
Fale STA Visitor Information, Beach Rd, Matafele (next to the port administration building), ? +685 63520, +685 63521, Fax: The Faleolo and Faleolo Airports Information Booth, Faleolo Airport (left on leaving quarantine) open for all Samoa flights. New Zealand STA Office, Level 1, Samoa House, 283 Karangahape Road, Auckland, ? +64 9 379 6138, Fax:
64-9 379 8154, e-mail: email@example.com. Both Samoan and English are the main working language. The Samoan is the mother tongue of most people. The English culture is widely used in the city of Apia and in many touristic places. But in the towns it is rarely comprehended, so studying some words of Samoan will help you to get through and establish a relationship with the people.
No one needs a visa except the people of American Samoa. Fagalii FGIIATA is located to the west of Apia. Polynesian Airlines uses this for its services from American Samoa. Faleolo (APWIATA), the most important foreign airfield, is a 45-minute car ride from Apia. As there are several airports and there is no need to change currency on your flight even if many of your flight arrives at bad time.
A Virgin Samoa, a Virgin Australia affiliate, flies to Apia from several Australian and New Zealand towns, i.e. Sydney, Brisbane, Townsville, Melbourne and Auckland. Also the journey between the aerodrome and Apia is very appealing. So, if you are arriving later in the evening and still starving after the airline's meal, it might be a good time to collect something from the airfield.
There''s an ATM at the aiport. In neighboring American Samoa there are often Pago Pago ships. Twice a month the MV Tokelau links the port of Apia with Tokelau. According to the time of year the sailors go to Samoa with their yacht and moor in Apia. Visitor vessels must reach Apia and should be contacted by the Samoa Port Authority at least two working nights before ETA to agree the necessary permits on board.
A permit is necessary to use Samoa. Harbors and marinas are Apia, Asau, Mulifanua, Salelologa. Containerships and cruisers moor in Apia Harbour or Salelologa, but many smaller fishermen' s vessels and small villages' vessels use the smaller moorings. Samoa is on the lefthand side. In 2009 Samoa moved from the right side of the street.
There has been an ever-increasing flood of low-cost, outdated Japanese vehicles and previously unheard of congestion is widespread in the city. Also on the streets outside the capitol, road travel is rather slow due to the careful and unexperienced riders and the many differences in cadence.
Samoa Tourism Authority, located in front of the government building on Beach Road, Apia, has a pricelist for Apia. They are easily obtained from the Apia policestation or directly from a number of vehicle hire companies. You can find more information about the rent a vehicle on the pages of Upolu and Savaii.
The busses on the Upoleu route leave from two places in Apia, near the central square and behind the fleamarket. In Savaii all the itineraries start near the Salelologa dock. It is possible and quite pleasant, but there are some rather precipitous and undulating parts of it and the crossed islands are about 7 km up steeply to their peaks.
For more information, please contact Apia, Savaii and Upolu. In Upolu and Savaii there are several protected areas. The Falealupo Rainforest Reserve on Savaii has a small path and you can stay in the bush. Upolu's Lanoto'o Park has a stunning lagoon where imported gold fish flourish and develop into astonishing size.
In the interior of Savaii and Upolu there are some dramatic cascades, some with 100 metres difference in altitude. The ones in Upolu are a little more approachable. Papase'ea riding skirts on Upolu have only a small fall, but the flora at the cascades allows an interesting swim in the swimming pools underneath. The Savaii has some dramatic cavities created by the ocean drifting through pipes in igneous rock.
Part of Savaii is capped with rocks after several excavations of Mt Matavanu. Even though west facing houses are becoming more and more popular, there are still Samoan fals everywhere. It is very important for Samoan civilization and there are strong regulations for the functioning of the community. The beach of Samoa is kilometres long, nice and empty.
Surprisingly, Samoa was the home of Scotland writer Robert Louis Stevenson for the last five years of his lifes. Now his house, just outside Apia, is a muse. Also the Samoa in Apia is interesting. It is the grassroots variant of crime and is very much loved in Samoan towns by men and woman.
Down below is just a reference to the activities in Samoa. See Upolu, Savaii and Apia for more information. Samoan tattoo. It is a part of Samoan civilization. It is a favourite place to get hitched and have a honeymoon. In Samoa, the game of gulf is very much appreciated.
The entire course is in Upolu. There are two near Apia, one near the international airports and a nine-hole course on the southern coastline. This is a relatively new type of scuba fishing in Samoa. Upolu and Savai'i both have great sites with around 900 different kinds of sea life and 200 kinds of corals.
The Samoa is a favourite spot for fish. The majority of charters are based in the port of Apiano. It is denominated in Samoan language as " WS$, "T", "ST" or "SAT" (ISO-Currencycode: WST). It is relatively cheap for westerly people. Tips are neither practised nor anticipated in Samoa. Api Arabians Community Fair. Apira flea fair, In the'old' open air markets.
Farmers Joe's, opposite the Apia Public Market (Fugalei Rd, 3 S of Beach Rd streets). As many Samoans assume, dining is an important part of their lives. The Samoyan diet is not very spicy or herbaceous. The oka is the way the Samoans make uncooked seafood. If you cook well, it can be memorable and you should not go away from Samoa without trying it.
This is a quick and easy way for Samoa to take over the task and is often used as a side dish to Umus and other cuisines. Apia is a good place if you want to try some of the locals' music. Food places are shown on the pages for Upolu, Apia and Savaii. Out of Apia, most of the best places are connected to the hotel or resort.
There is no significant meeting in Samoa, whether officially or for fun, is completely without the Ava (or Kava) rite at the beginning. You do not have to attend a Samoan culture meeting to try it out. It can be bought on some occasions at the Apia main square (marketi fou). The Well near the Apia store (ask any cab driver) has a good reach at the best price.
Strandfish are a pleasant and cheap way to remain in Samoa. You can request a listing from the Samoa Tourist Authority (info@samoa. travel), but the best way to know where to spend the night is to ask other travellers. It is not very big and the tourist industry is small, so from time to time you meet the same kind of person, which facilitates the information-transfer.
Now that the shelters have exploded, it is less necessary for those who want to go to the more remote parts of Samoa, especially Savaii, to remain in towns, which was customary in the past. Samoa also has a good selection of resort, hotel and guesthouse facilities. You can find accomodation at Apia, Upolu and Savaii.
and Samoa is a generally secure target. Free-running canines can be a security issue in the capitol Apia. In 2013, the government of Samoa (GoS) adopted the Canine Control Act as a first stage in the direction of keeping them. The Samoa is a malaria-free area. Two clinics in Apia and one on Savaii in Tuasivi, a few leagues due to the Salelologa dock.
The majority of the people follow the English religion. Saoan civilization is regulated by stringent protocol and labels. Though a subsidy is granted to aliens, it is advisable not to reveal the clothes and to respect the rural regulations imposed by the villagers, although Apia is very laid-back in these customs.
Upolu, the principal isle, is known as the "modern" isle, where most of the north shore towns are quite laid back with the old austere tradition, while Savai'i is the more conservative but more laid back one. The Samoa has an appropriate PBX with calls from all over the world. A number of towns have prepaid telephones.
Samoa. ws, ieasifika. net and Lesamoa are the ISP. A number of points of entry to the Apia network offer quick and secure connections for about WS$12 (US$4) per hours. There' a few cafés on Savaii. When you plan to spend the night in isolated areas of Upolu or Savaii and cannot live without your everyday web fix, ask your local wi-fi provider in your room in time.
CSL Café opposite McDonald's in Apia has a high speed WS$5 per 30 mins. There you can also buy a WS$15 for 1 hour / WS$70 for 10 hours to use your notebook in different places in the city and even on Savaii.