Apia, Samoa

Location:

The port is located in the busy Apia harbour at the mouth of the Vaisigano River. Only about a 20 minutes walk to town.

Sightseeing:

Apia is the capital of Samoa and part of the Tuamasaga district. The city is located on the northern coast of Upolu Island. It is the nation’s major port and only city. It is a little run down but there are good bars and restaurants and a walk along the beachfront is beautiful.

Robert Louis Stevenson was so smitten with Samoa that he spent his last years there. His stately house, Vailima, is now a museum. A 45-minute climb leads visitors to the author’s tomb, located below the summit of Mount Vaea. Don’t miss snorkeling during high tide at the Palolo Deep Marine Reserve, a shallow reef with a blue hole surrounded by walls of coral and amazing marine life.

A taxi ride to Aggie Grey’s Hotel, immortalised by James A Michener, takes about five minutes. Most passengers walk there for a Bloody Mary.

Things to see and do

* Falefa falls, Mafa pass and Fuipisia falls
* Vailima museum built in honor of writer Robert Louis Stevenson
* Papasee sliding rocks
* Samoan museum
* Snorkeling at Palolo marine reserve

Tours/Excursions/Transportation:

Taxis are cheap and plentiful. The Samoa Visitor’s Bureau has a price list for Apia. Do agree on a price ahead of time, if they think you look rich they may try to overcharge you. You can get one for a whole day for about the same price as a rental car. A taxi from one end of Apia to the other should only cost about $20 USD (40-50 Tala). An approximate cost of US$10 per hour is a fair rate.

A walk along the sea wall is enjoyable. But only on a milder day (i.e. 25 degrees).

Nearby Places:

Good Beaches: Return to Paradise Beach, 1hr drive one way from pier

Lalomanu Beach 1hr drive one way.

Lotofaga Beach 1 hr drive one way

Shopping and Food:

Apia Public Market. Great place to buy Siapo (tapas cloth), ‘ava (kava), hand carved kava bowls, produce, donuts, etc. Most of the trinkets are made in China it seems, they’re the same ones seen everywhere in the world. The action goes on here 24 hours a day.

Currency:

Tala (WST) Tala per US Dollar – approx: 2.60

Communication:

Language Samoan (Polynesian), English

Opening Hours and Holidays:

Shops and department stores: 8am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday 8am – 1pm Saturday Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays

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