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I spent 1 week on Upolu, Samoa's main island, during my school holidays. Back then I was going to school in New Zealand, so travelling around the Pacific islands wasn't expensive. I went there with two friends from school and stayed at Aggie Grey's Hotel. The people were very friendly, and one guy (Peter - works at the bar at Aggie's; say hello to him if you happen to be around) showed us around Samoa. It was quite cool, especially swimming under waterfalls in the lush jungles of Upolu.

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Where are the beaches??

If you are staying in Apia you'll probably ask: Where are the beaches??? You will have to travel to get to a beach.
My friends and I rented a car and went to the south coast, where the best beaches can be found. Beaches for swimming are at the south-east coast, whereas the most famous one, The "Return To Paradise"-Beach is more for snorkeling and relaxing. It is located at the south-west coast.


When looking on a map you will see that there are lots of waterfalls in Samoa. I went to about 5 and they were all unique. You will find high ones, leveled, waterfalls were water falls directly into the Pacific ocean. They all are amazing!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Cheap and beautiful
  • Cons:Beaches are far away from Apia, the place with most accomodation.
  • In a nutshell:Off the tourist path - with nice people and beautiful scenery.
  • Last visit to Independant State of Samoa: Apr 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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