|The East Coast of Samoa.|
|Views like this is commonplace.|
|Colorful houses are everywhere in Samoa.|
I rented a car to explore the island. The 150 Tala (50USD) was a great investment, despite a number of rules I should stick to. The rental car manager listed them without blinking.
- Drive on the left, don't park under coconut trees, go slowl through villages, especially near churches and don't drink and drive.
I didn't think any of that should be a problem, although he soon contradicted himself when recommending where I should go.
|Girl running in the Falefa.|
- But you said no drinking and driving?
- Don't worry, it's a Sunday. The police don't work today.
- Seriously? So if I want to rob someone, I should to it today?
- Hehe…any Sunday would be a good start, yes.
|Falefa Waterfall from above.|
Samoa is a true natural paradise. There are trees and vegetation everywhere. I also saw dozens of different fish species on my 20 minute snorkeling off the beach. Do beware of stray pigs, chickens and dogs, though. They are also everywhere.
|Nature always wins.|
|There is a reason for all the green. Rain |
comes sudden and in huge amounts.
The country is also relatively well connected thanks to several international airlines operating to and from Apia. Air New Zealand has a dialy flight to Auckland, whereas Virgin Samoa takes care of Australian destinations and Air Pacific will transports you from Fiji several times a week and from Honlulu once weekly. I flew in from Honolulu with a couple of dozen surfers. They all checked in surf boards. I now understand why. The waves battering the coastline even appealed to me, a true novice surfer.
More photos below.
|Presumably a well deserved rest.|
|Nuutele Island. There used to be a leper colony there.|
|The restaurant of Seabreeze Resort is strategically placed.|
|Sleeping in a fale, or a beach hut, is popular |
among surfers and backpackers visiting Samoa.
|I had a visitor during my lunch at Seabreeze.|
Cat burger is not on the menu, so he/she
is likely to remain there also when you visit.
|The view from the bar of |
Sinalei Reef Resort and Spa.