Talofa Samoa

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Ki­wis have a nat­u­ral affin­ity with the Samoan peo­ple, not only are they our close Pa­cific neigh­bours, have made Auck­land their home and they also make up most of our provin­cial rugby teams! Samoa boasts all that the South Pa­cific has to of­fer with­out be­ing tar­nished by years of tourism. Samoa has be­come hugely pop­u­lar in the last few years for ob­vi­ous rea­sons; it is ex­tremely af­ford­able to get to, plus it of­fers ev­ery­thing that the rest Pa­cific Is­lands of­fer but with­out the hefty price tag. Samoa of­fers a broad range of ac­tiv­i­ties, how­ever if you are not a beach and wa­ter per­son maybe Samoa is not the place for you. They have amaz­ing beaches on all of the seven is­lands that make up Samoa, way too many to men­tion in de­tails, but if you look Trip Ad­vi­sor there is a plethora of com­ments about each beach on what’s good and what’s amaz­ing. Just type in ‘what to do in Samoa’, Google will do the rest. There are a range of great surf breaks on the coast of Samoa and pro­fes­sional surf com­pa­nies plus re­sorts that will get you to the waves. Be­tween Novem­ber and May is the most con­sis­tent swell pat­tern as both South swells and North swells hit the is­lands plus the light off shore trades winds blow at this time of year to cre­ate some of the best surf­ing the South Pa­cific – best to link up with some­one like Is­land Hol­i­days who can give you the best ad­vice about where and when to go. Un­der­wa­ter Samoa has a lot to of­fer as well, the div­ing is great all year round with a range of com­mer­cial op­er­a­tors and there are a vast va­ri­ety of dive lo­ca­tions cater­ing for all needs from deep co­ral reefs to shal­low snorkelling. An­other big aquatic draw cards for Samoa is the fish­ing; in the fish­ing me­dia lately Samoa is be­ing her­alded as the new El Do­rado of fish­ing, there are lots of lo­cal reef fish­ing but the game fish­ing has net­ted a tro­phy cab­i­net full of world records and prize fish. What has be­come synony­mous with Samoa and tourism in the last few years is the Sua Ocean Trench. This unique swim­ming hole has been used in a lot of the Samoan pro­mo­tional ma­te­rial TV, posters and ad­verts. It is a stun­ning nat­u­ral won­der fea­tur­ing a unique land for­ma­tion con­sist­ing of two gi­ant holes joined via an an­cient lava tube cave. One with­out wa­ter and the other a beau­ti­ful 30m deep swim­ming hole with turquoise wa­ter ac­cessed by a lad­der. This area has lush gar­dens, day fales (lit­tle houses) with cliff top views, blow­holes and sea arches, not to be missed if you have the chance spend the day. Samoa has a lot to of­fer you can swim with tur­tles, you can visit the mu­seum, catch a scenic ferry ride and take in a cul­ture show but with­out ques­tions the sin­gle best thing about Samoa is the friendly peo­ple (and the beaches, surf and the fish­ing!)

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