Apia is the capital of Samoa, located on the island of Upolu, a territory surrounded by villages with a special charm and beautiful landscapes of mountains, valleys, and beaches, which give it a peaceful and pleasant appearance.
Highlights include the Parliament of Samoa, the National Museum, and Apia Observatory, as well as beautiful parks such as Apia Park and Paolo Marine Park, located on Beach Road. In Vailima, the visitor will be able to see the place where Robert Louis Stevenson, the author of “Treasure Island”, stayed.
The most spectacular beaches are in the Aleipata district. Other natural places of great beauty are Cataratas de Tiavi and Cataratas Fuipisia, next to the National Park or Le Pupu-pu’e, which counts on dense tropical vegetation. The traveler can access the other islands that make up the State of Samoa.
Apia is the capital of Samoa and is located in the northern part of Upulu Island, the second largest of the Samoan archipelago, which also includes the islands of Sabai’i, Monono, and Apolima, plus five uninhabited islands. The city is located in a natural harbor at the mouth of the Vaisigano River.
The island of Upola is characterized by its territory full of mountains that are not very steep.
The capital city of Apia is surrounded by hills and valleys and is situated on a narrow coastal plain with Mount Vaea. Two main mountain ranges run south on either side of the Vaisigano River,
with roads in each. The westernmost of these is the Cross Island Road, one of the few roads that cut north to south through the center of Upolu Island on the south coast.
The climate of Apia is tropically humid and the average annual temperature is 26º, with very little variation around this point. The rainy season lasts between December and March. The driest months are July and August.
The Tiavi waterfall, more than 100 meters high, and the Fuipisia waterfall are spectacular. O Pupu-pu’e National Park, with dense tropical vegetation, is located between Fito and Lepue mountains. The Appia and Marino Paolo parks stand out within the city.
One of the main attractions of Apia is its beaches, the most spectacular of which are those in the Aleipata district. But in addition to its natural charms, the capital of Western Samoa has numerous tourist attractions. On Beach Street, visitors will find numerous entertainment venues. The Parliament of Samoa, the National Museum and the Apia Observatory are the three most important tourist spots in the city. In addition, the visitor can take pleasant walks through any of its parks, although the most beautiful are those of Appia and Marino Paolo. And for lovers of literature, you can still visit the residence of the famous writer Robert Louis Stevenson, the author of “Treasure Island”.
The village houses in Samoa are called fales, typically round or oval-shaped thatched huts without walls. The open design of these houses expresses the Samoan family’s open nature.
Additionally, fales have wooden pillars supporting them instead of nails. Samoans construct these houses with separate cookhouses and thatched roofs woven from dried sugar cane or palm leaves.
Another thing that makes Samoan culture incredibly interesting is that they celebrate inclusivity and equality in their culture. Men are just as responsible for home cooking as women, especially during Sunday family feasts. Young men gather to prepare the ‘umu’, a traditional shallow oven heated using hot volcanic stones.
Tattooing represents a cultural and spiritual significance for Samoans. But unlike modern tattooing techniques, the process of getting a traditional waist-to-knee tattoo in Samoa or Tatau is long and extremely painful.
The tattoos are made using handmade tools such as bones, tusks, shark teeth, shells, and wood. It takes two weeks, with tattooed Samoan men earning high status afterward.